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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 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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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 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: 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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Technology 

Nope, no Intel chip recall after Spectre and Meltdown, CEO says – CNET

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at the IDF developer conference in 2016. Krzanich said updates will be available for 95 percent of systems affected by the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities by the end of next week. Stephen Shankland/CNET Hoping the Meltdown and Spectre security problems might mean Intel would be buying you a shiny new computer after a chip recall? Sorry, ain’t gonna happen. Intel famously paid hundreds of millions of dollars to recall its Pentium processors after the 1994 discovery of the “FDIV bug” that revealed rare but real calculation errors.…

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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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Steve Smith, Betteridge’s Law and the mythology of Don Bradman | Andy Bull

Statistical brilliance and context It’s an old Fleet Street adage that any headline ending with a question mark is best answered with a ‘no’. It’s called Betteridge’s Law, after the journalist who made it famous, though it’s old enough now that no one’s sure who coined it. It’s not an absolute rule but a handy little tool, and one you may need the more you read about Steve Smith. Smith’s form in the first four Ashes Tests, with two hundreds, a double, and another fifty, has pushed him up to…

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