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Ben Stokes: English cricket in shambles after court hearing date coincides with comeback

GETTY Ben Stokes has been charged with affray Avon and Somerset police confirmed that Stokes is due to appear at Bristol magistrates’ court on February 13 to face the charge of affray, following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.  But only hours earlier, in Brisbane, England head coach Trevor Bayliss was all smiles as he said that his talismanic all-rounder would be “welcomed back with open arms” following the ECB’s decision to make him available for selection once more. To add to the sense that Stokes is now…

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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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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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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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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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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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