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'If all Test cricket is like this it's going to be very exciting' - Archer

Archer's displays throughout his four Ashes Tests have made him an automatic pick for the future

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Broad in 'good place' after summer reinvention

Senior fast bowler goes from "diminishing cricketer" to significant force again after perfecting new approach

How do England move forward after the Ashes?

Mark Butcher and Alexis Nunes analyse what Joe Root and England need to do in order to improve after a disappointing Ashes series.


England v Australia

Series review

Stats - Smith's Bradmanesque Ashes bash

With Steven Smith and Pat Cummins in fine fettle, Australia had the better numbers in a closely fought series

Farrell: How a summer of rivalry ended with honours even

Seven contests across two formats and four months ends with a trophy apiece for England, Australia

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australia analysis

Brettig: Why Australia deserved to go home with the Ashes

A drawn series took the gloss off, but given where the squad were 12 months ago, retention was a triumph

'Jofra thought he could rip my head off' - Wade

Gripping duel lights up final afternoon of series, as Hobart team-mates go for broke

I have 'unfinished business' as Test captain, declares Paine

"There's a little bit of cricket left in this old body" says Paine, who admits he has "a couple" of regrets about the defeat at The Oval

England's heart and character something to build off - Root


Hussey: England deserved to win this Test match


Steven Smith vs. the world: Batting average bar-chart race


England v Australia

5th Test, The Oval

Hussey: England deserved to win this Test match


Broad and Leach secure series-levelling victory

Matthew Wade struck a brilliant 117 but England removed Steven Smith for just 23 and wrapped up a convincing 135-run victory

Smith v the world: Where does he rank among the greatest?

Steven Smith's average of 64.56 is the all-time No. 1 at the 68-Test mark, where he currently stands. Just how did he get there?

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england analysis

Should either side be happy with a drawn series?


'I'm still learning how to get the best out of Archer' - Root

England captain warns not to expect too much too soon from spearhead after incisive maiden Test series

Gardner: Broad restates his Ashes gun status with one last late-summer blooming

Hold over Warner underlines importance of England's senior seamer, especially in absence of James Anderson

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The Ashes have shown again how important bowling pairs are in Tests

As Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood have proved, bowlers working in tandem can dramatically impact a series

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australia analysis

Is it possible to add six runs to Denly's total today?


Brettig: Fatigue kicks in for tetchy Australia

Scrutiny on administrators after four months of the most intense cricket in the world schedule

England v Australia

5th Test, The Oval

'Yeah, most of Australia hate me' - Marsh on struggle for acceptance

Candid allrounder says lifestyle fell short of standards during tough year, but is itching to make up lost ground

Mitchell Marsh's swing provides late relief for Australia

Marsh came into the team to swing the Dukes ball around corners, in the process sparing the blushes of several fatiguing team-mates

England v Australia

5th Test, The Oval

Did Australia decide to bowl first out of pity?


Buttler cuts loose at the last to relaunch England

Batsman admits to poor form after being tied down by fine attack, but free-flowing innings lifts England's day

England v Australia

5th Test, The Oval

Issues abound as England reach end of four-year cycle

More questions than answers as England seek to finish summer on a high

'English pitches should be more biased' - Anderson

Senior seamer criticises failure to prepare conditions to aid English seamers during Ashes campaign

England v Australia

4th Test, Old Trafford

Smith genius buys time for Warner and young batsmen

Langer admitted that Smith's talents had dragged an otherwise underperforming batting unit to victory in a series dominated by bowlers

England v Australia

4th Test, Old Trafford

Hussey praises Paine's captaincy and 'freak of nature' Smith

Michael Hussey reflects on a happy ending to a turbulent time for Australia's Tim Paine and Steven Smith


Farrell: Stokes' summer, Smith's Ashes

England and Australia's two heroes will be forever linked to this extraordinary Ashes series and remarkable English summer

Brettig: A scream, a win, and an urn dearly earned

Mission accomplished for Australia as planning pays off for Paine's squad

England v Australia

4th Test, Old Trafford

Dobell: England are not as good as they think they are

This side is full of batsmen with big reputations and small averages and bowlers put in the shade by Cummins and Hazlewood

England v Australia

4th Test, Old Trafford

Australia retain the Ashes as England fall short in gutsy rearguard

Australia have retained the Ashes on English soil for the first time since 2001 after digging deep in the final hour

'Pumped' Paine says Smith is the 'best' he's seen

Captain ecstatic as Australia seal the Ashes with a thrilling 185-run win at Old Trafford

England v Australia

4th Test, Old Trafford

Can Stokes perform another miracle for England?


Dobell: Archer's precious talent must be protected

Archer and the England team are still coming to terms with each other's little ways

Bayliss holding out for a hero

England go into the fifth day needing another miracle to sustain their hopes of winning back the Ashes

England v Australia

4th Test, Old Trafford

Will Joe Root ever get a century and is he well and truly out of the 'famous' 4?


Dobell: Burns shows the value of picking specialists

Burns is just the third England opener since Andrew Strauss retired to reach fifty three times in a series

'Cut Archer some slack' - England bowling coach

Silverwood warns against heightened expectations following low-key first innings

Stump Mic podcast

Cricket's DRS + Football's VAR = Fewer umpiring gaffes?

How can cricket avoid high-profile umpiring gaffes that have become the norm of late? Nagraj Gollapudi joins Srinath and Gaurav to discuss

England v Australia

4th Test, Edgbaston

Hussey: Warner's problems are not technical

ESPN's Melinda Farrell and former Australian batsman Michael Hussey discuss how David Warner can turn his poor form around.


Dobell: The key to Broad's edge over Warner

Broad dismisses Australian opener for fifth time in 87 balls this Ashes series

Brettig: Smith and Labuschagne together at last

Smith united with Labuschagne, his like-for-like replacement in more ways than one

England v Australia

4th Test, Old Trafford

Paine admits Leeds errors, explains Khawaja axing

Australia's captain has conceded that he should have kept the field up to Ben Stokes during the England allrounder's last-wicket stand with Jack Leach

I've lost sleep thinking about how to get Stokes out, admits Paine

Australia captain dismissive of Jofra Archer's comments that Australia panicked towards the end of the Headingley Test

The ups and downs of Khawaja's Test career

What does the future hold for Usman Khawaja after he was dropped for the fourth Test against England?

England v Australia

4th Test, Old Trafford

Steve Waugh rejoins Australia squad in hour of need

Originally set to be a part of the touring party only for the first two Tests, the former captain has flown back to help the Australians bounce back from the Headingley loss

'We felt a bit like we got the Ashes stolen' - Langer

Langer admits past week has been one of the most challenging of his coaching career

The Ashes 2019

England news

Broad looking forward to another Archer - Smith duel

Broad warns there will be no respite in England's attempt to discomfort Smith on his return

Anderson 'has a lot of Test cricket left in him' - Broad

Broad 'absolutely' expects to play Test cricket with new-ball partner again

The Ashes

History in the making

Nicholas: Can we finally lay the ghost of Botham to rest?

Like Beefy and Andrew Flintoff, Ben Stokes has the spirit and stamina to drag his side out of trouble

Chappell: How do the 2019 Ashes compare to 2005?

Three matches down, three similar results, but can the series rise to the level of the magnificent 2005 edition?

The Ashes 2019

Australia news

The past from few years ago came up when I got hit - Smith

He says he recalled the incident that led to Phil Hughes' death in 2014 when he himself was left concussed by Jofra Archer at Lord's


Smith's first thought after being struck on neck was of Phillip Hughes

'Particularly where I got hit, just a bit of past came up, if you know what I mean, from a few years ago,' the batsman said

Jofra Archer interview

The Ashes 2019

'All for bowling fast but I'm here to get wickets' - Archer

Jofra Archer looking forward to renewing battle with Steven Smith and warns Australia could feel the "mental" side effects of Headingley



Poll - which is the greatest fourth-innings knock in the last 25 years?

Take our poll and tell us which of these fourth-innings epics from the past 25 years sticks out in your memory as the best of the lot

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Dobell: Stokes blossoms in the heat of competition as others wilt

Now is the time to marvel and wonder, to congratulate and celebrate. Thanks to Stokes, cricket in England seems relevant again

England v Australia

3rd Test, Headingley

Cummins seeks perspective amid Leeds chaos

The calamity of Cape Town 18 months ago has helped Australia accept that the Headingley loss was simply a game of cricket they can learn from

Batting in focus as Australia plot resurrection of their own

Justin Langer concedes batsmen haven't produced as tourists head for Derby with questions aplenty

England v Australia

3rd Test, Headingley

Nicholas: Stokes 2019 = Botham '81 + Flintoff '05 and more

The Ashes are alive thanks to the incredible game awareness and self-belief of one batsman who was yet again left to get it done by himself

Farrell: Do you remember how it started?

The exhilarating ebbs and flows of an extraordinary Headingley Ashes Test match will live long in the memory of those who witnessed it

Stats - Stokes' epic innings leads England to record chase

Stats highlights from an unbelievable run-chase at Headingley as England levelled the series

England v Australia

3rd Test, Headingley

#PoliteEnquiries: What just happened?!


'Village cricketer' Leach savours moment as unlikely Ashes hero

Spinner admits he thought he would be watching series at home - but now keen to prove his worth as a bowler

Anderson takes another step on Ashes comeback trail

England bowler sends down 20 overs for Lancashire 2nd XI as he continues to rebuild from a calf injury

England v Australia

3rd Test, Headingley

#PoliteEnquiries: Is anything possible at Headingley?


Johnson: Australia will hope the pitch goes a bit up and down

Mitchell Johnson discusses what Australia could do to halt England before they build enough momentum for a come-from-behind victory


Dobell: Root digs in during fight to save Test - and his captaincy

Joe Root shows leadership qualities with gritty innings that raises hopes of great escape

England v Australia

3rd Test, Headingley

#PoliteEnquiries: Time to consider relieving Root of the captaincy?

Melinda Farrell and George Dobell answer your #PoliteEnquiries


Dobell: Roy's opening woes epitomise a broken system

The ECB's policies played a key part in winning the World Cup, but could be about to contribute to losing the Ashes

Stats - England's fourth sub-100 total in two years

Headingley horror show was England's lowest total at the ground, and their lowest in the Ashes since 1948

England v Australia

3rd Test, Headingley

#Polite Enquiries: Is Root using 'his new toy' Archer too much?


Brettig: Australia ride their luck, but only so far

Tourists thankful for David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne staving off the possibility of a 2015 Trent Bridge horror show

Warner makes own fortune on return to form

Australia opener would have been "happy to get out to a good ball" after working on tightening technique

England v Australia

3rd Test, Headingley

Dobell: Root's England can ill afford to lose

Ashes results tend to define the careers of England's captains and coaches: if Root leads England to successive series defeats, they will have to contemplate a change

Australia yearn to take back control at Leeds

Australia will hope to attack down the Headingley hill and keep things tight going up it as they continue their attempts to 'win boring'

Batsmen must stare down Archer's bouncer

Just like getting back in the saddle after being thrown from a horse, Australians have to confront danger

England v Australia

2nd Test, Lord's

Nicholas: The beauty of the Test match game now? Everybody goes at it like mad dogs

We talk about poor techniques and slow over rates, but now more than ever, as Lord's showed, the play is the thing, and it has everybody hooked.

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Smith moves to No. 2 in Test rankings for batsmen

Karunaratne broke into the top ten after his fourth-innings 122 handed Sri Lanka 60 points in Galle

England v Australia

2nd Test, Lord's

Poll: Archer or ... which was the most impactful Test debut?

Take part in our poll and tell us which you think has been the most impactful Test debut in the last 20 years

Did England over-bowl Archer in the second Test?


Switch Hit - Awesome Archer fires up Ashes

The Switch Hit team discuss Steve Smith's concussion and a stunning debut from Jofra Archer

England v Australia

2nd Test, Lord's

Stokes 'just finds a way' as his authority takes on new significance

Allrounder's hundred and Steven Smith's concussion means his could be the most prized wicket on either side at Headingley

'The sky is the limit' for Archer - Stokes

Vice-captain says Archer's fifth spell in the first innings was "one of the best" spells of fast bowling he has seen as a player

England v Australia

2nd Test, Lord's

Brettig: Super sub Labuschagne steps into the breach for Australia

The first concussions substitute in the history of Test cricket did more than his bit to help stave off an Australia defeat

Paine vows to keep hooking as Australia stick to Ashes blueprint

Captain unconcerned after being dismissed by Jofra Archer short ball and says "message won't change" after Lord's draw

England v Australia

2nd Test, Lord's

#PoliteEnquiries: Did Jofra change the Ashes? Has Cummins come of age?


Chappell: Why Smith '19 reminds us of Bradman '30

There are striking parallels between the stellar runs of form of the two Australians

England v Australia

2nd Test, Lord's

Miller: Archer proves natural born thriller

England's debutant shook up Lord's and knocked the previously serene Steven Smith off his stride

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second test analysis

#PoliteEnquiries: Any chance of a roof for cricket grounds?


Miller: England fall short as Root misallocates resources

Nearly half of Jofra Archer's 42 deliveries on the third morning were left alone - not that he was the man for these conditions anyway


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#PoliteEnquiries: ANY evidence that Root is a good captain?!

Melinda Farrell and Andrew Miller take your polite enquiries after day 2 of the second Ashes Test at Lord's.


Miller: England's batting maelstrom squanders another opportunity

There was arguably not a single player in England's batting lineup in his optimal position at Lord's - and it showed

Lyon critical of Australia's standards

Falling short of usual level a "positive sign we can get better" argues Lyon

England v Australia

2nd Test, Lord's

What is Woakes' best Lord's moment?


'More ready than I've ever been' - Archer primed for Tests

Ahead of his expected debut, Jofra Archer warns England not to expect 'miracles' but says he is ready for Test cricket

The Ashes 2019

2nd Test, Lord's

Nine years after debut, Paine back at Lord's for defining Test

Inexperienced but well-traveled in life, Paine chasing a victory that will help chart a more open-minded path for those who follow

Langer lauds fast-bowling depth but warns against complacency

Australia coach happy to have options in attack as they look to strengthen grip on series at Lord's

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