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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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Joe Root sends defiant message to England flops: Captain issues double warning

But just days after sickness cruelly knocked him out of the last Test in Sydney, England’s skipper delivered a defiant message to his tormentors. Root told them: “Enjoy it for two years because we’ll be ready for you when you come to England.” And he vowed to be “in a completely different place talking about a completely different story” when England return Down Under for another Ashes battle in four years time. Root, still not looking 100 per cent chipper, relived the nightmare that saw him rushed to hospital and…

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NICK COMPTON: Why England selectors are to blame for Ashes thrashing – EXCLUSIVE

GETTY England cricket Nick Compton is an Ashes columnist for Express Sport Albert Einstein is supposed to have said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Almost every Test match in the Ashes has told the same story: England’s bowlers looked ineffective, the batsmen didn’t go on to get big hundreds and Australia’s did. But it was hardly unpredictable. Even from my own perspective, there has hardly been a single mishap that I didn’t put in writing before it happened, whether it…

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Ashes: Joe Root out of hospital ahead of final day of fifth Test, unlikely to start

The captain was taken to hospital last night after suffering with severe dehydration and it was originally thought he’d be unlikely to play any part of the final Test of the Ashes series, however now he could be back-up. England’s chances of rescuing a draw from the last Test appear to be very slim, as they trail the Aussies by 210 runs even though they have six wickets remaining. Root had steadied the ship at the crease and was unbeaten on 42 runs from 176 balls. England Cricket issued a…

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

The players are back on the field. England starting with three slips and a gully for Jimmy. Bancroft is on strike, for perhaps his biggest innings yet as an Australian player. Play. England are dismissed but won the morning, adding 113 for their final five wickets. That’s well above par relative to what we have seen from their bottom half this series. A bit of Smith fielding magic got the home side going, taking a blinding catch at second slip to remove Malan just as the Middlesex man looked a…

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

10th over: England 28-1 (Cook 3, Vince 0) If ever there were a man to counter a spate of irresponsible cover drives, it’s James Vince. I’m very disappointment that I’ve missed one last chance to blog Vince Stoneman, private detective, as he beats the crooked police chief and solves a case. Instead we’ve got Vince Cook, who’s probably a trust-fund DJ. But Cummins has done Stoneman quickly! And Stoneman has done everything quickly, including driving another four down the ground. But Cummins goes with a shorter ball, an in-between length,…

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Ashes LIVE updates: England seek morale boost from final Test in Australia

England have already lost the Ashes and head into the fifth Test 3-0 down. They earned a draw in Perth despite Alastair Cook scoring over 250 on a poor wicket. Australia welcome back Mitchell Starc for the last Test in Sydney, while leg spinner Mason Crane plays for England. The Aussies are the favourites to win this final Test of what has been a one-sided series Down Under. But captain Joe Root will hope to eke out something from the tour when the match gets underway at 23:30pm on Tuesday…

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Ashes: Chris Woakes ruled out for England in final Test against Australia

The fast bowler, 28, has suffered a recurrence of the side strain which interrupted his summer last year, ruling him out of most of the Champions Trophy and the Test series against South Africa. But scans have shown that the injury is a “very minor” left side strain which should not keep him out for long.  Leg spinner Mason Crane, 20, will take Woakes’s place as England look to land a late blow on Australian flanks here at the Sydney Cricket Ground starting Wednesday night UK time. And while captain…

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