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Dec 10

Who can rescue the Ashes for England and be a match-winner in Perth?

Guardian writers pick their England XI for the crucial third Test. How many will go for the same team and how many will select Mark Wood or Ben Foakes?My England lineup for Perth Test Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow,…

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Dec 10

Ben Duckett suspended, fined and warned for pouring beer on Anderson

• Duckett to remain with England Lions but handed ‘maximum fine’• Ben Stokes run out for a duck playing for Canterbury in Ford TrophyBen Duckett is to remain with the England Lions tour of Australia but will play no further part in any remaining matche…

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Dec 09

England’s history at the Waca suggests the Doctor may blow them away | Vic Marks

Joe Root’s side must contend with England’s dreadful history at the Waca in next week’s third Test – it is hard to imagine them letting in the wind of changeAll this talk of 5-0 is not very helpful. But it is understandable. In two of the past three As…

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Dec 09

England’s problem this Ashes may be drinking unwisely rather than too much

After Ben Duckett’s folly, the perception could be that England have an alcohol problem among a small minority and they have a batting problem: there are situations vacant; right-handed teetotallers preferredAnother day in the paradise that is Per…

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Dec 09

England’s Ben Duckett dropped for pouring drink over Jimmy Anderson in bar

• Batsman was due to play for England XI against Cricket Australia side• Bayliss left furious by latest alcohol-related episode on crisis-hit tourEngland’s embattled Ashes tour took a nosedive on Saturday after Ben Duckett, the Lions batsman, was eject…

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Dec 08

Geoffrey Boycott may be vivid and trenchant but he is becoming unbearable | Matthew Engel

The opinionated former England batsman’s TV and radio commentary always refers to his past exploits and that is something irrelevant to the modern eraOn a mid-summer afternoon more than 30 years ago, back in the long-lost era when Yorkshire played a lo…

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Dec 07

Craig Overton’s bruised ribcage a badge of honour for the England Ashes tyro | Vic Marks

Having ‘good fun’ fending off bouncers and taking four Australia wickets on his debut in Adelaide has left the 23-year-old itching for more Ashes actionSuddenly Craig Overton is no longer one of the dirt‑trackers, the also-rans who get hauled out to pl…

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Dec 07

James Vince can look a million bucks with his drives but he’s an enigma | Jason Gillespie

England’s No3 is vulnerable through that slightly open bat face, while Alastair Cook’s Ashes game plan against the spinner Nathan Lyon isn’t clear, which is puzzling for a champion cricketer about to play his 150th Test in PerthJoe Root’s optimism afte…

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Dec 06

Josh Hazlewood’s dream spell allows Smith and Australia to sleep easy

Hazlewood was a surprise selection to open day five’s bowling, but he responded with pace, fuller pitch and rhythm Steve Smith decided to pop a sleeping tablet on Tuesday night following a rather stressful day at work. No judgment: we’ve all been there…

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Dec 06

Joe Root adamant England are still in Ashes series despite trailing 2-0

• England captain insists this team is better than the one whitewashed in 2013• ‘We have proved we are still massively in this series’ says RootJoe Root described his England team as being “massively” still in their series with Australia and in better …

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Dec 06

Ashes: Australia defeat England by 120 runs to take 2-0 series lead – video report

Australia lead the Ashes series 2-0 following a 120-run victory over England in the second Test. Josh Hazlewood quickly extinguished any hope the tourists had of levelling the series by dismissing Chris Woakes and Joe Root early on day five in Adelaide…

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Dec 05

England’s Jimmy Anderson: I feel like I’m bowling as well as I ever have

• Lancashire seamer took first five-wicket haul on Australian soil• Anderson says England must capitalise after battling back in second TestJimmy Anderson, after claiming his maiden five-wicket haul in Australia, revealed the desire to keep proving tha…

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Dec 05

Steve Smith feels Ashes pressure again after Joe Root shines under the lights

Hasty reviews and stoic England batting in a thrilling final session under Adelaide lights has cast further doubt on the Australia captain’s follow-on decisionThe twilight zone. Though 24 hours later than many expected, England got their moment under l…

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Dec 05

Joe Root digs in to give England glimmer of hope in second Ashes Test

• Australia 442-8dec and 138 all out; England 227 all out and 176-4• Root hits 67* but Dawid Malan falls before end of play after watchful inningsAfter England’s traumas of the first two and half days it was remarkable that as the players left the fiel…

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Dec 05

Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England second Test, day four – as it happened!

Joe Root’s 67 not out and James Anderson’s five-for gave England a chance of a famous victory after a stunning day’s cricket in Adelaide 11.05am GMT I don’t know what else to say. I’ve got a big dumb grin on face, the kind only Ashes cricket can elicit…

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Dec 04

England left ‘pretty frustrated’ by batting collapse, says Jimmy Anderson

• ‘We should have got more runs,’ says England bowler• Starc says Australia bowlers not consulted over follow-on decisionJimmy Anderson admitted to there being “some pretty frustrated players” in the England dressing room after a collapse with the bat …

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