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Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England third Test, day five – live!

This is actually hilarious. The groundstaff are scrambling the big cover back on, the wind keeps blowing it away and nearly takes a few of them with it. They genuinely look like it’s never rained here before. Maybe it hasn’t? The ABC radio box is in hysterics watching the slapstick unfold. Between laughter, Chris Rogers is noting the holes in the technique. “It rained then, and hard, for a good 30 seconds before they got the hessian on. It’s almost like they were surprised again, and had to get to…

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Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England third Test, day three – live!

81st over: Australia 272-4 (Smith 128, M Marsh 12) England haven’t taken the new ball. What doing? Anderson stays around the wicket to Smith. A single puts Marsh up there. “Jimmy, what are you doing wanting to bowl with the old ball?” asks Michael Vaughan. Marsh agrees, smashing him down the ground for a superbly struck straight drive. Tasty. Oh, that does it – they take the new ball immediately after the boundary. And guess what? Gets an edge first ball. Into the ground, though. “They just have to go…

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Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England third Test, day two – live!

Yes, 6-for-35. Malan and Bairstow were magnificent and flying. Australia were leaking runs and losing their way. Smith was running out of options. Then the left-hander took on Lyon, top-edged, and it was on. Batting with the tail again, Bairstow went from complete control to hectic. His downfall was inevitable. Between times, Moeen edged his second ball. The short ball took care of the bowlers. Now? From nowhere, it is Advantage Australia. With that news, I’m going to leave you for some lunch. Back shortly. If looking to take your…

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Ashes: Jonny Bairstow does his dad proud with maiden hundred

Running to the non strikers end after pulling a short ball from Mitch Marsh to fine leg, he sprung a mighty leap punching the air as he rose, returned to earth to kiss the badge on the front of his helmet then, much to the delight of half the crowd, landed two gentle headbutts on the badge. On the England dressing room balcony, his team-mates beamed and laughed but as the cameras returned to Bairstow in the middle he was not smiling but by that stage deep in a moment…

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Ashes: Dawid Malan century gives England strong start over Australia – video report

England were in trouble on day one of the third Ashes Test before Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow took control of proceedings in Perth. Malan made his maiden Test century and was 110 not out at stumps while Bairstow made an unbeaten 75. The tourists ended the day 305-4

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The Anti-Sports Personality of the Year awards 2017

Phil Taylor The retiring Taylor’s last year on the PDC circuit has not been without incident. There has of course been sporting success, including a 16th World Matchplay title, but also controversy, much of it centred on the Grand Slam of Darts, where he lost in the semi-finals to Michael van Gerwen. During that match the players were seen in heated discussion as they left the stage for a break. Later the victor was asked what had happened, and recounted a frankly not enormously interesting conversation. “He came to me:…

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Ashes: Dawid Malan masterclass gives England hope on day one of third Test

England’s No 5 finished unbeaten on 110 after sharing an unbroken partnership of 174 with Jonny Bairstow (75no). It was a day England dominated, closing at 305-4, despite some fast and aggressive fast bowling from Australia’s trio of quicks.  Mark Stoneman (56) withstood some particularly hostile pace was hit on his helmet with a Josh Hazlewood bouncer, had his bat broken by Mitchell Starc and was dropped twice. But it was the partnership between Malan and Bairstow which took England from 131-4 to over 300 at the close – England’s…

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Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England third Test, day one – live!

31st over: England 115-2 (Stoneman 52, Root 20) Four more for Root, who’s going at a T20 strike rate. This boundary came off the edge, but safely, played so softly by the England skipper. Runs it away through the cordon rather than seeing it fly away uncontrolled. Root 20 off 14 at this stage. Test cricket is easy, hey? Gets an unpleasant short ball from Cummins, right up around the bat handle, but Root is classy enough to get up, get enough bat on it, and drop it away. 30th…

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What did we all search Google for this year? Hint: Not Trump

Weather, gadgets and celebrities behaving badly riveted the people of the Earth in 2017, according to Google’s annual list of the most-searched-for terms of the year. Not a single political topic made the list of the top 10 searches around the world in 2017, Google said — not even Donald Trump. Instead, more searches were launched for the phrase “Hurricane Irma” than for any other subject. “iPhone 8” and “iPhone X” were Nos. 2 and 3, followed by the former “Today” host Matt Lauer and Meghan Markle, the fiancée of…

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Cricket Australia ’seriously concerned’ after claim third Ashes Test could be ‘spot fixed’

An undercover newspaper investigation claimed to have uncovered a multi-million pound international spot fixing scheme being organised from India. Two Indian bookmakers are reportedly in touch with “puppet” players who are willing to spot fix during games so huge bets can be placed in underground markets. In a statement Cricket Australia said: “The allegations raised by media outlets are of serious concern. “Cricket Australia takes a zero-tolerance approach against anybody trying to bring the game into disrepute.” The International Cricket Council (ICC) expressed “grave concern” after being handed a dossier…

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