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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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Ashes: England crumble in final Test as Australia record 4-0 win in five-match series

The England skipper spent time in hospital on the morning of the fifth day being treated for the effects of a viral gastroenteritis bug which had left him dehydrated. And while he was able to resume his innings after the fall of the first wicket, his replacement Moeen Ali, having finished unbeaten on 42, he was not fit to return after lunch. In obvious discomfort, Root battled to 58 at lunch but suffered a recurrence of symptoms during the session break. “Joe was feeling exhausted at the lunch break and…

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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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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: 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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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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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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