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Easy win gives England 2-0 series lead over Australia

Friday, 19 January 2018

England’s top order fired in unison to give them a four-wicket win in the second one-day international against Australia on Friday as Aaron Finch’s second straight hundred for the hosts could not prevent them falling 2-0 behind in the series. Chasing 271 for victory in Brisbane, England reached their target comfortably with 34 balls to spare and need one more victory to wrap up the five-match series. Finch had scored 107 in Australia’s five-wicket loss in the first match and ...

Rugby: England head coach Eddie Jones extends contract until 2021

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

England head coach Eddie Jones has signed a contract extension to keep him in the role until 2021, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Wednesday. Jones, who took over the reins at England in November 2015, was originally contracted until the end of the 2019 World Cup campaign in Japan. The 57-year-old has led England to consecutive Six Nations triumphs and series wins in Australia and Argentina. 

Khawaja hits 171 as Australia build lead in Sydney

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Usman Khawaja hit a mammoth 171 and Shaun Marsh was approaching his sixth test century as Australia eased 133 runs ahead of England on 479 for four after the third day of the fifth Ashes clash on Saturday. Khawaja shared a stand of 188 with captain Steve Smith, who was dismissed just before lunch, and another of 101 with Marsh, who just missed out on his second hundred of the series in the over before stumps. Marsh will resume on 98 on day four with his brother Mitchell, who was 63 not out, as ...

Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja frustrate England in Sydney

Friday, 5 January 2018

Australia captain Steve Smith continued to be England’s Ashes nemesis on Friday as he passed 6,000 test runs in an unbeaten knock of 44 to help his team to 193 for two at close of play on the second day of the fifth test. The world’s top ranked batsman and Usman Khawaja batted through the final session in a 107-run partnership after openers Cameron Bancroft and David Warner had departed earlier in Australia’s reply to England’s 346. Khawaja notched a stylish 91 not out ...

Woakes out of fifth Ashes test, Crane to debut

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

England leg spinner Mason Crane will make his debut in the fifth and final Ashes test against Australia this week after all-rounder Chris Woakes was ruled out of the match by injury, captain Joe Root said on Wednesday. Woakes missed a significant part of England’s home season after straining his side in the opening match of last year’s Champions Trophy and pulled up sore after the fourth test in Melbourne last week. The 27-year-old’s enforced absence ...

Tottenham’s Kane beats Shearer record for most goals in a year

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Harry Kane scored a Premier League record 37th goal in 2017 on Tuesday in Tottenham Hotspur’s game against Southampton at Wembley Stadium, toppling a 22-year-old record held by former England striker Alan Shearer. England forward Kane, 24, headed in Christian Eriksen’s freekick in the 22nd minute to overtake Shearer’s 36 goals in 1995 with Blackburn Rovers, a tally he had equalled by scoring a hat-trick in Spurs’ 3-0 win at Burnley on Saturday. 

Australia plot another Boxing Day blow against England

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Australia will look to extend their Christmas cheer into the dead rubber Boxing Day test by subjecting a demoralised England to a fourth consecutive loss in the Ashes at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Anchored by the brilliant batting of captain Steve Smith, the hosts have barely put a foot wrong in the five-match series and will head to the MCG confident of pushing England toward a second successive whitewash on home soil. However, they will have to do it without their ...

Protect England tail from ‘bodyline’, Atherton tells umpires

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Umpires should invoke cricket’s laws and protect England’s tailenders from Australia’s relentless “bodyline” bowling in the ongoing Ashes series, former England captain Michael Atherton has said. Australia have reclaimed the urn with an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-test series, their fiery pace battery of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins singeing England’s frontline batsmen in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. The pace trio have not spared the ...

Overton says England will fight until the last in final two tests

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

All-rounder Craig Overton said England have not been good enough in the Ashes series but insists the chastened tourists will be throwing everything at the last two tests to avoid a whitewash. Australia regained the urn on Monday when they polished off Joe Root’s side to win the third test at the WACA by an innings and 41 runs and take a 3-0 lead in the five-match series. All England have left to play for is pride in Melbourne and Sydney, but Overton says the series is not over as they ...

Marsh completes family hat-trick of Ashes centuries

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Under pressure, undervalued and ultimately underestimated, recalled all-rounder Mitchell Marsh scored his maiden test century at the WACA on Saturday to complete a rare family set of Ashes tons. Clubbing 29 fours in an unbeaten knock of 181, the 26-year-old combined with his captain Steve Smith (229 not out) in a 301-run partnership to give Australia a 146-run lead over England at stumps on day three of the third test. The home-town hundred was another entry for the Marsh family’s ...

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