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

28th over: Australia 76-2 (Warner 29, Smith 9) Maiden again from Anderson to Warner. Again, defending more than leaving. Putting in a real shift, is Warner. Great to watch. As Jim Maxwell notes on ABC, we are watching Australia’s two best batsmen against the number one seamer in the world. Well worth a visit if you are in Melbourne and having a quiet day. Ample room – couldn’t be more than, say, 27,248 here right now. “Hi Adam.” Good afternoon to you, Kate Chambers. “Enjoying yours and Rob’s blogs during…

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Australia v England: fourth Ashes Test, day three – live!

95th over: England 312-6 (Cook 151, Woakes 0) Brings up his minor milestone with a hook from Cummins, down through fine leg. It’s been a brilliant performance from Cook today, after a dogged one yesterday. Deserves the applause. Takes another single, and drops the deficit to 15. 94th over: England 307-6 (Cook 146, Woakes 0) “Can we use “carry” and “bat” in the same sentence yet?” asks Mark Turner. We can, partly because his teammates have been so poor today. A wicket maiden for Lyon. God, that is poor. Moeen’s…

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

Gavin Robertson (the same Gavin Robertson?) on the email. “Having watched Warner get his century before lunch on the first day of the Sydney test at the start of this year, I’ve been wondering what I can look forward on the 4th January 2018.Is it asking too much to think that England bat first and are all out before I start on my ham and cheese sandwiches around this time of day?” Quite the year for Dave. Yep, the ton in two hours to begin. Then the awful series in…

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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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