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Jason Roy blasts England’s highest ODI score in five-wicket win over Australia

That’s one way to secure your first proper win of an Australia tour. The Ashes may be gone but England kicked off the one-day internationals with the most thumping of five-wicket wins in the first of a five-game series. For that, they have Jason Roy to thank. Chasing 305 for victory, Roy pillaged 180 of them on his own, carving 16 fours and five sixes to set a new record for the highest score by an Englishman in ODIs, beating Alex Hales’ 171 set against Pakistan in 2016. Earlier, a…

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Australia v England: first one-day international – live!

39th over: Australia 212-5 (Stonis 11, Paine 2) Woakes on for his third crack today. Has four overs to squeeze out after struggling earlier on. Well, doesn’t concede a boundary in this set, so that’s an improvement. Five from it in the smaller denominations. 38th over: Australia 207-5 (Stonis 7, Paine 1) Paine the new man, playing his first ODI in nearly seven years. What a great story his summer has been. Off the mark through the covers, then Stonis finds one to midwicket in order to keep the strike.…

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Australia v England: fifth Ashes test, day four – live!

183rd over: Australia 578-5 (S Marsh 145, Paine 14) Moeen to send down the final over before lunch. Paine takes another single off his pads. Marsh defends the rest to get himself through to the break. That’s the way. 99 added for one wicket in the session. Shaun Marsh got himself to three figures from the fourth ball of the morning via a gorgeous cover drive. He really enjoyed that with his brother Mitch. There was a period with the third new ball just after that where the visitors deserved…

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Ashes: Jonny Bairstow insists England can cope with heat and praises Mason Crane

You know when a campaign has reached a low point when the sight of Steve Smith departing for less than 100 might realistically be claimed as a positive. But when he started the day moving ominously well on 44, to get him for a paltry 83 was indeed a minor victory. Bright points after that proved less easy to locate, though for all that Mason Crane showed more than a glimmer of hope for the future with a solid display of leg-spin on debut. The disappointing thing was that having…

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Ashes: Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja frustrate England as Australia trail by 153 runs

At the end of a hard day of toil in the fifth and final Test for Joe Root’s men Smith was unbeaten on 44, having shared a 107-run partnership with Usman Khawaja (91no) for the third wicket. Australia were 193-2 trailing England’s first innings 346 all out by 153 runs with eight first innings wickets in hand. Hopes of a long overdue victory to mark Root’s first Ashes tour as captain already appear to have receded into the distance with Smith’s men looking highly likely to post a first innings…

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NICK COMPTON: What James Vince must do in Sydney and how England spun themselves a web

This Test match has a lot more relevance for both players and the team than simply concluding another overseas tour where England have failed in foreign conditions – again.  The SCG is not only one of the most iconic Test match venues in the world but it offers players a chance to restore some pride to what has been a very tough tour for England. Play well, score runs and take wickets and that plane flight back to a cold grey England won’t seem so daunting or depressing. Lose badly…

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England frustrated in fourth Test as Steve Smith heroics earn Australia draw in Melbourne

The Australia captain, who is now averaging 151 in the series after four Tests, stood firm as England struggled to break through stubborn defences. Handshakes were eventually exchanged at 4.48pm with Australia 263-4 with a lead of 99 and just 17 overs remaining in the day. England captain Joe Root was left frustrated as his bowlers chipped out two wickets – David Warner falling to his own bowling and Shaun Marsh to Stuart Broad – to give some hope. But he will console himself that England have at least avoided…

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

The players are out in the middle and the final day’s play will be underway shortly. Continuing the Cook conversation (09:18), Raymond Reardon wants to know “whose name has Cook’s 244 not out replaced, as Sir Donald Bradman has the second highest individual batting record at the MCG of 270 runs”. Cook has replaced Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards whose 209 was the previous highest score by a visiting batsman in Tests at the MCG. The honours board in the Percy Beames bar reflects the highest scores and best bowling…

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Alastair Cook’s double century puts England in control of fourth Ashes Test

It was back to business for Alastair Cook on the third day. He batted for another six and a-half hours, posting the highest score against Australia at the MCG, a magnificent, unbeaten 244. If the first hundred of this innings was for himself, to recover his self-esteem albeit too late in the tour for his liking, the second was for the team, to ensure that Joe Root held the best cards after three days’ play. On Wednesday Cook sped to his hundred with uncharacteristic freedom, reaching that landmark in 164…

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

Oh yes, that’s very out. Bird has reviewed, but I’m not going to dignify that with a second post. Three reds from a ball that jagged back off the seam and trapped him on the crease. The best bit was Broad giving it the big fist pump before he even looked around at the umpire. A fantastic session for England. Broad has 26-8-51-3. Probably not cooked, then. 114th over: Australia 325-8 (Cummins 3, Hazlewood 0). 113th over: Australia 322-7 (Cummins 0, Bird 4). Should be two in the over, Anderson…

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