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    Danni Wyatt hits century as record-breaking England end Ashes on a high by winning final T20 match to tie series with Australia

    England made the highest successful run chase in a Women's T20 International to draw the Ashes series with Australia at 8-8.Hosts Australia had already retained the Ashes, but the tourists finished on a high after Danni Wyatt hit her side's first T20 century to help England reach their victory target of 179 with four wickets and one over to spare. Beth Mooney had earlier been similarly impressive in scoring 117 not out from 70 balls to become the second Australian to make a T20 hundred - and only fifth player ever - as the home side made 178 for two at ...

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    Former Australia pace bowler Jason Gillespie returns to county cricket as he becomes new Sussex head coach

    Jason Gillespie has sprung a surprise with a return to the county game as head coach of Sussex.Former Australia fast bowler Gillespie led Yorkshire to consecutive County Championship titles in 2014 and 2015 before quitting 15 months ago citing family reasons.The 42-year-old returned to his former home of South Australia and has coached the Adelaide Strikers for two seasons of the Big Bash League. Jason Gillespie (pictured) has become the new head coach of Sussex on a three-year-dealHowever, he did fill in as temporary assistant coach with Kent last season before taking up a consultancy with Papua New Guinea.'I am thrilled ...

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    Usain Bolt puts Australia through their paces as he gives a masterclass ahead of first Ashes test against England

    Former Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt has been giving Australia some tips before their first Ashes Test against England.The Jamaican was pictured at the Melbourne Cricket Ground looking more than comfortable at the crease as he gave members of the Aussie team a masterclass.Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Agar, Peter Handscomb and Aaron Finch were Bolt's pupils for the day but there may be questions surrounding the former sprinter's teaching technique.   Usain Bolt joins the Australian cricket squad to give them a masterclass ahead of the Ashes  The former sprinter was at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the Gatorade Fastest Run Bolt, who tried his hand at ...

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    Australia all smiles as they train at The Gabba ahead of first Ashes Test against England

    Australia's players looked in a confident mood as they put the finishing touches on their preparations for the Ashes at The Gabba on Monday.Darren Lehmann's men were all smiles as they got to work on a sunny morning in Brisbane with three days to go until the Test series gets underway.The squad put a lot of focus on their fielding with a number of drills before taking to the nets to sharpen their skills. Australia's Mitchell Starc (centre) shares a joke with Josh Hazelwood (right) during training Coach Darren Lehmann put his men to work on a hot and sunny ...

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    England stars cool off at The Gabba with refreshing dip at the pitchside Pool Deck ahead of Ashes opener

    Ahead of the ferocity of an Ashes series on Australian soil, the England players kicked back and relaxed by a pool at the Gabba. The tourists posed on a scorching day in Brisbane with the famous old ground behind them, lapping up the rays before the real heat is turned up on Thursday when the first Test begins. James Vince, Jake Ball and Dawid Malan splashed about and stuck on their swimming shorts for a visit to the Pool Deck where a few lucky fans will watch the action from.  Jake Ball posed extravagantly at the Pool Deck which is built into ...

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    England and Australia to contest the first ODI at new 60,000-seater Perth Stadium in January

    England's one-day international against Australia in January will become the first sporting event to take place at the Perth Stadium.Eoin Morgan's team will face the hosts at the new 60,000 capacity venue in Burswood, not at the nearby WACA, on January 28.Cricket Australia (CA) has confirmed the switch across the Swan River for the fifth and final match of an ODI series which will follow the conclusion of this winter's Ashes Tests. The Australia vs England ODI match on January 28 will be played at the new Perth Stadium The new 60,000-seater stadium in the Burswood district will open in ...

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    Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul hit 166-run opening stand for India to erase deficit against Sri Lanka and wrestle back initiative on day four of first Test

    Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul featured in a rollicking 166-run stand to help India erase the 122-run lead they had conceded to Sri Lanka on the penultimate day of the opening Test on Sunday.Dhawan threw away his wicket on 94, but Rahul was unbeaten on 73 when bad light stopped play with the hosts on 171-1.Cheteshwar Pujara was on two at the other end with India 49 runs ahead with nine wickets in hand, an impressive fightback after being all out for 172 in their first innings. Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul featured in a rollicking 166-run stand ...

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    England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow is eager for Ashes battle to commence in Brisbane: 'Content, relaxed, excited... we are raring to go.'

    England's Ashes tour got real as the traditional Gabba greetings began in Brisbane.Jonny Bairstow did the tourists' talking at a brief airport press conference, and said many of the right things to waiting camera crews - about his own team, Australia and Ben Stokes.England have taken their usual circuitous route to the venue for this week's first Test, docking in Perth three weeks ago, then on to Adelaide before making a six-day stop in Townsville. England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow is eager for Ashes battle to commence in Brisbane England have come away from an uninspiring draw against Cricket Australia XI ...

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    Stuart Broad's Ashes team-mates: England paceman has his say on the whole squad... from Mr Dependable Alastair Cook to the best batsman-keeper in the world Jonny Bairstow

    As Stuart Broad prepares for next week's first Ashes Test at the Gabba, the paceman and Mail on Sunday columnist provides the low-down on the 15 fellow members of the England squad...  Alastair CookAge 32 - Tests 147 - Runs 11,629Tons 31 - Ave 46.33Mr Dependable. He's a bloke you'd want to bat for your life. Hugely relaxed here. He is ready for the series ahead. He's just here to enjoy his cricket, which is a great place for a senior player to be. Former skipper Alastair Cook, aka Mr Dependable, is a bloke you'd want to bat for your life  ...

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    England dealt pre-Ashes blow as hosts Australia force tourists to prepare for first Test by training in afternoon heat

    Australia have struck the first blow in the psychological battle ahead of the Ashes by leaving England frustrated that they must train in the afternoon at the Gabba on both practice days ahead of Thursday's first Test.Normal convention has opposing teams swapping training times in the build-up days but Australia have sentenced England to practising when the Brisbane heat is at its most intense on both Tuesday and Wednesday.'It's a bone of contention,' said England coach Trevor Bayliss, who had scored a few pre-Ashes points of his own by organising for England to play their final warm-up match in this ...

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    England bowlers toil on final warm-up day ahead of first Ashes Test as rookie Cricket Australia batsmen hit tons

    England’s last day of action before the Ashes became an embarrassment here on Saturday when they failed to take a wicket in the first two sessions against a Cricket Australia XI widely derided for not providing strong enough opposition.Two young batsmen with no Sheffield Shield experience between them in Jason Sangha and Matt Short batted until beyond tea to record their maiden first-class centuries and send England to Brisbane for the first Test demoralised.Just when England were offered a glimmer of Ashes hope by the selection of a much criticised Australia side for the Gabba they had their worst touring ...

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    Ben Stokes 'grafting' in the nets as England vice-captain awaits police investigation conclusion

    Ben Stokes is training at Durham while his international exile continues.The England all-rounder was unable to make the plane for the Ashes tour as he awaits the conclusion of a police investigation.Stokes is waiting to hear if he will be charged with causing actual bodily harm after a late-night fracas in Bristol in September.  England all-rounder Ben Stokes shared a training video from Durham in his Instagram story While his England are adjusting to life without him, Stokes has been netting with his county Tagged as 'grafting' and a 'full run', Stokes went through a full delivery at Durham's indoor ...

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    Australia's Ashes squad: From Steven Smith to Chadd Sayers, Sportsmail profile hosts aiming to regain the urn

    Australia have thrown a few curveballs with their selections for the first two Ashes Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide.Here, Sportsmail takes a look at the 13-man squad they will choose from at the Gabba next week...  Steve Smith (captain)Ranked as the world's No 1 Test batsman, and certainly a just accolade if players are judged on converting their starts. In contrast to Joe Root, his opposite number and the world No 2, Smith is highly clinical once to 50, doubling up on 20 of the 41 occasions he has raised his bat. The key wicket for England's attack.Did you know? Courtesy ...

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    Australia retain women's Ashes with six-wicket victory over England as Beth Mooney and Megan Schutt star in first of three Twenty20 matches

    Australia's women have retained the Ashes after beating England by six wickets in the first Twenty20 game at the North Sydney Oval.Chasing 133 for victory, a fine harvest of 86 runs from Beth Mooney and Megan Schutt's earlier four-wicket haul sped Australia on to take an unassailable lead in the multi-format series.England captain Heather Knight admitted Mooney's performance clinched the result but reserved praise for Danielle Wyatt, who scored a half-century to aid a first-innings recovery from 16 for four. Beth Mooney and Rachael Haynes hugged as Australia retained the women's Ashes Australia captain Haynes put her arm in the ...

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    England continue dominance as Dawid Malan hits 109 in day three of final warm-up match in Townsville

    England made light of a trademark collapse to continue their domination of a Cricket Australia XI after Dawid Malan became the second centurion of their Ashes tour.Malan (109) and Joe Root (83) extended their fourth-wicket stand to 163 as England piled up 515 all out to hold a mammoth lead of 265 over their inexperienced hosts by tea on day three of their final warm-up match at the Tony Ireland Stadium.The tourists' position could and should have been stronger still, however, because they frittered away five wickets for 38 runs as home captain Matt Short (four for 103) multiplied by ...

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