The Final Word: how to make an Ashes summer more compelling – podcast

With Geoff now recovered from a stint in a Sydney hospital – where he kindly gave up his bed for Joe Root – he and Adam take a deep breath and kick off the latest podcast with a more circumspect look back at the series, which has left the pair slightly unfulfilled. Test Match Special commentator Daniel, who has just completed his first tour of Australia, joins them to give a refreshing – and rather English – perspective on the five Tests. Among the topics of conversation are the state…

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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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Move Cook to No3 and look beyond Branderson: how England can regain Ashes | Rob Smyth

England cricket team A new challenge could revitalise Alastair Cook, wildcards in squads can help find the X-factor and the exits of Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad must be staggered Sun 14 Jan 2018 09.00 GMT Last modified on Sun 14 Jan 2018 11.56 GMT Stuart Broad, Joe Root and Jimmy Anderson have some big decisions to make if England are to turn around their Ashes fortunes after the recent 4-0 hammering. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images 1) Find a No3 The search for Alastair Cook’s opening partner has overshadowed an even greater…

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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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The Joy of Six: 10th-wicket partnerships in Test cricket | Nick Miller

The Joy of Six An agonising and possibly unjust defeat, a one-handed batting performance and £34 to go towards church funds: six great final-wicket stands England cricket bowlers John Snow, left, and Ken Higgs enjoy a cup of tea after their record-breaking 128-run last wicket stand against West Indies in the fifth and final test at The Oval in August 1966. Photograph: Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images 1) Ken Higgs and John Snow (128 runs, England v West Indies, 1966) The typical image of the last-wicket partnership is a batsman shepherding…

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Soporific Ashes series may have been attritional but it still sells with ease | Andy Bull

There go the Ashes … An enthralling Test finished on Monday, 7,000 miles from Sydney and six or so hours after the end of the 2017 Ashes. India and South Africa, the top two teams in the ICC’s world rankings, played out the endgame of a low-scoring, topsy-turvy tussle in Cape Town. “That’s one of the most thrilling Test matches I’ve played in,” said Faf du Plessis. “There was no boring Test cricket, it was a lot of action. And that’s why we absolutely loved this Test match.” Virat Kohli…

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Ashes 2017-18: our writers’ end-of-series awards

Best player Steve Smith is a freak. To think he started the series with a supposed drought of international centuries having not raised the bat since March. This really is a special player we are watching. Adam Collins Steve Smith, of course. There was an element of self-denial in his batting. He could have swashbuckled more but decided against. Instead he took great pleasure in exhausting and exasperating England. Vic Marks Steve Smith, who eclipsed his opposite number and delivered a lesson to the England batsmen about putting a high…

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England must use Ashes defeat as motivation, says Anderson – video

Jimmy Anderson, standing in for Joe Root as England captain, says the crushing Ashes defeat must be used as motivation for 2019. Australia won the fifth Test in Sydney by an innings and 123 runs to seal a 4-0 series win. ‘That feeling that you get should make you determined to try and win the Ashes back in 2019,’ says Anderson

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

75th over: Australia 217-2 (Khawaja 101, Smith 62) Moeen to bowl to Khawaja on 99, and there are no nerves as the century is raised with the minimum of fuss. There’s a look to the heavens but little fanfare in the celebrations. There are many more runs out there if Australia’s number three wants them. A simple nudge into the offside gives Usman Khawaja his sixth Test century and first against England. Terrific patient knock from one of the most elegant batsmen in the game. 74th over: Australia 219-2 (Khawaja…

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