- England should learn from 2005 and hit back hard at Australia at Edgbaston | Jason Gillespie
England famously recovered from a Lord’s drubbing at Edgbaston 10 years ago, and Alastair Cook needs to ignore the mind games and fashion a similar response The Australian fast bowling cartel of Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood are in their element going into the third Test, chests puffed out and giving it large every time they step in front of the cameras and microphones. There is lots of talk about reopening scars and getting England’s batsmen jumping about at the crease and as a former member of this special group, it is great to hear. This trio of quicks, who were supported superbly by Mitchell Marsh and Nathan Lyon at Lord’s, all possess pace through the air and deliver the ball from a good height and it is no coincidence that England’s equivalent in terms of these attributes, Stuart Broad, is the man thriving on the other side so far in the series. Continue reading... Alastair Cook, right, and his team should show the kind of positive approach demonstrated by Joe Root, left, in the first Test.Alastair Cook, right, and his team should show the kind of positive approach demonstrated by Joe Root, left, in the first Test.
- Steven Finn on verge of England return 18 months after deemed ‘unselectable’
• Fitness issues could rule Mark Wood out of third Ashes Test at Edgbaston • Michael Clarke: ‘Adam Lyth will feel the heat against Australia’ Alastair Cook is ready to throw Steven Finn into his first Test match for two years – and 18 months after he was deemed unselectable – in Wednesday’s pivotal Ashes encounter at Edgbaston after admitting the fitness of Mark Wood has become a concern. With the series locked at one apiece following Australia’s 405-run win in the second Test at Lord’s – a result Cook labelled an “absolute disaster” – Finn is expected to replace the fast bowler Wood, who manages discomfort in his left ankle and has shown signs of fatigue since making his England debut at the start of the summer. Continue reading... Steven Finn, centre, playing football before an England nets session ahead of the third Test with Australia Photograph: Nick Potts/PASteven Finn, centre, playing football before an England nets session ahead of the third Test with Australia Photograph: Nick Potts/PA
- Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke look ahead to third Ashes Test – video
England's captain, Alastair Cook, and his Australia counterpart, Michael Clarke, look ahead to the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston, which begins on Wednesday with the series level at one-all after the tourists' impressive 405-run victory at Lord's Continue reading... 140x84 trailpic for Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke look ahead to Third Test - video
- Steven Finn could replace Mark Wood in third Ashes Test at Edgbaston
• Durham seamer is hampered by an ankle injury • Alastair Cook says call will be made on match day Steven Finn could be set for an England Test recall with Mark Wood a doubt for Wednesday’s third Ashes meeting at Edgbaston. The Durham seamer Wood has played both matches against Australia but was hampered by an ankle complaint in the crushing defeat at Lord’s and his hit-and-miss fitness record over the course of his career could count against him. Finn is the spare paceman in the squad and will feature if Wood is rested. Continue reading... Mark Wood has strapping applied to his ankle by the physio Craig de Weymarn during the England nets session. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty ImagesMark Wood has strapping applied to his ankle by the physio Craig de Weymarn during the England nets session. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images
- Ashes 2015: Jonny Bairstow’s maverick talent will be tested by Australia | Vic Marks
England can expect recalled batsman to trust the instincts that have brought him a glut of runs this summer but Australia’s attack will offer new challenges It does not feel as if Jonny Bairstow is an Ashes veteran. Yet he has played more Test matches against Australia than four of his England colleagues at Edgbaston and the same number as Ben Stokes. He will know what to expect and he has glimpsed both sides of the coin. Bairstow played in the first four Tests against Australia in 2013 when England held the ascendancy before giving way at the Kia Oval to the short-lived Chris Woakes/Simon Kerrigan experiment. Then in the last two Tests of the 2013-14 series in Melbourne and Sydney Bairstow, keeping wicket in place of Matt Prior, witnessed the desolation of Ashes humiliation . By the final Test of that series the wheels had not only come off but most of them had disappeared into the far distance as England took to the field with a side that now takes some naming (unless the likes of Scott Borthwick, Boyd Rankin and Michael Carberry spring immediately to mind). Continue reading...
- Ashes 2015: Chris Rogers expects to be the target of England’s attack
• Rogers: ‘I’m not stupid, I know they’ll come even harder at me’ • Australia opener says worrying dizzy spell is still at forefront of his mind Chris Rogers appears set to play in the third Ashes Test despite the dizzy spell that forced him to retire hurt in the second innings at Lord’s and he expects to be the target of England’s bowlers. As he sat disorientated between overs at Lord’s, Rogers told his opening partner David Warner that he had seen the grandstand move before being led off the ground by Australia’s medical staff. Continue reading...
- Ashes 2015: Australia’s Peter Nevill to start ahead of Brad Haddin in third Test
• Michael Clarke confirms Nevill be Australia’s wicketkeeper at Edgbaston • ‘Nev made the most of his opportunity in the second Test,’ says Clarke Peter Nevill will retain his place as Australia’s wicketkeeper ahead of Brad Haddin in the third Ashes Test, their captain, Michael Clarke, has announced. Nevill deputised for Haddin in Australia’s series-levelling Lord’s Test victory , which the veteran had to miss for personal reasons. After taking seven catches on debut and also making a first-innings 45, it was Nevill too who had the gloves in the subsequent tour match at Derby , where he batted above the returning Haddin as well. Continue reading... Australia’s Peter Nevill took seven catches on his Test debut while also making a first-innings 45.
- Australia’s Mitchell Starc warns England: ‘Short stuff will be on menu’
• ‘They’re not really sure what pitches they want now,’ says paceman • England’s Joe Root: ‘There’s so much confidence for third Ashes Test’ Mitchell Starc claims he and his fellow Australia fast bowlers have left England confused as to what pitches to prepare this summer but believes whatever is served up for the third Ashes Test starting on Wednesday, the home batsmen will be jumping around once more. All eyes have turned to the surface at Edgbaston, which exhibited a tinge of green on Monday, after Alastair Cook’s side were steamrollered for 103 in the space of 37 overs for an emphatic 405-run defeat in the second Test on a supposedly lifeless Lord’s surface. Continue reading... Australia's Mitchell Starc says of the pitch for the third Test at Edgbaston: 'It doesn’t matter what they dish up. We’ve got all bases covered.' Photograph: Mitchell Gunn/Getty ImagesAustralia's Mitchell Starc says of the pitch for the third Test at Edgbaston: 'It doesn’t matter what they dish up. We’ve got all bases covered.' Photograph: Mitchell Gunn/Getty Images
- England’s Ian Bell primed for home Ashes Test – with aid of New Zealand
Help from the Kiwi captain, golf companion and ‘my psychologist’ Brendon McCullum may ensure the No3 finds his A-game against Australia at Edgbaston It is a philosophical Ian Bell who has turned up this week for Wednesday’s third Ashes Test, talking as if he has not a care in the world. Moved up to the No3 position on his home ground, amid a personal trough in form, that is some achievement, with the match appearing on paper to be a make-or-break moment for an international career that has both delighted and frustrated. Related: Ashes 2015: Edgbaston expects great grass thanks to cannabis lamps loan Continue reading... England's Ian Bell, right, and Alastair Cook take a break during a training session for the Ashes Test at Edgbaston. Photograph: Philip Brown/ReutersEngland's Ian Bell, right, and Alastair Cook take a break during a training session for the Ashes Test at Edgbaston. Photograph: Philip Brown/Reuters
- Ashes 2015: Edgbaston expects great grass thanks to cannabis lamps loan
• Lights have been loaned to the club by the West Midlands police • England have been left frustrated by the state of the pitches Warwickshire’s head groundsman, Gary Barwell, is using lights once employed for growing cannabis in order to ensure that Edgbaston’s surface is in the proper condition for the third Ashes Test. The lights, confiscated by the West Midlands police and now loaned by the force to the club, have been used on the ground before and are needed to help dry out the turf – thus making it harder and faster – following the heavy rain that has covered the country over the last few days. According to Cricinfo , Barwell has used the lamps ever since he saw a similar techniques being used by Notts County. Continue reading... Edgbaston will host the third Ashes Test of the summer which starts on Wednesday.
- Clive Rice obituary
One of cricket’s great all-rounders and inspirational captain of Nottinghamshire Clive Rice, who has died aged 66 of complications from a brain tumour, was one of the world’s best all-round cricketers during the 1970s and 80s. He also made his mark as a hard-headed leader, taking Nottinghamshire to two County Championship titles and becoming South Africa’s first post-apartheid international cricket captain. Like many South African cricketers of his generation, Rice was unable to make his mark on the world stage due to the ban on his country taking part in international matches. He was eventually able to make his debut as South Africa’s captain at the age of 42 in 1991, when the team marked their return to international cricket with a three-game one-day series in India, which they won. To his consternation Rice was then told he was too old to be a part of the team’s long-term future. His international career therefore amounted to just three one-day games, a poor return for a player who possessed the sort of exceptional ability exhibited by other fine all-rounders of the time – Ian Botham, Kapil Dev and Imran Khan. Continue reading... Clive Rice in typically exuberant batting form, leading from the front as captain of Nottinghamshire. Photograph: GettyClive Rice in typically exuberant batting form, leading from the front as captain of Nottinghamshire. Photograph: Getty
- Clive Rice: a giant of the game who fell victim to South Africa’s isolation
The former Notts captain, who died yesterday, could rank along some of the great all-rounders of his era and was a vibrant and brilliant leader The New Yorker magazine once described the polymath Clive James as “a brilliant bunch of guys”. Well Clive Rice, who died on Tuesday aged 66 after suffering with a brain tumour, was a brilliant bunch of cricketers: a pugnacious batsman, a challenging fast‑medium bowler, a safe slip fieldsman and, above all else, a leader with the heart and mind of a true warrior; Hannibal would have vacillated before him. Younger supporters may wonder why the cricket world is making such a fuss over Rice. They will consult their smartphones and learn that his international record consists of only three one-day internationals, in which he scored 26 runs and took two wickets, at 57 runs apiece. Rice, though, was a mighty cricketer, one who took on and often defeated the great all-rounders of his heady day. In the 1980s, when the only blimps at cricket grounds were colonels, and when the county game was as strong as it has ever been, he was a giant of the game. Continue reading... Clive Rice, practising here for Transvaal early in his career, was an all-rounder of character and physical strength.Clive Rice, practising here for Transvaal early in his career, was an all-rounder of character and physical strength.
- South African cricket mourns Clive Rice – video
The former South Africa captain and Nottinghamshire all-rounder Clive Rice has died in Cape Town at the age of 66, following complications with a brain tumour. Haroon Lorgat, the chief executive of Cricket South Africa, says the loss is sad for all of cricket, adding that Rice's performance as a sportsman were unforgettable and outstanding Continue reading... 140x84 trailpic for South African cricket mourns Clive Rice - video
- Death of a Gentleman: call it optimistic, call it idealistic, but it's right | Andy Bull
The success of a new cricket documentary by Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber is that it cuts through the confusion engulfing the game’s governance to reach a clear conclusion. If you care about cricket, you should see it Six o’clock on Monday evening, and a crowd has gathered at the Picturehouse off Piccadilly Circus. An eclectic lot. Strikingly so. A more diverse mix than you see at many films these days, when mainstream releases are each aimed at their own particular demographic. Here, a mix of men and women, all ages, hip kids in skinny jeans, old buffers in egg-and-bacon blazers. Businessmen, musicians, comedians, doctors. Publishers, bloggers, writers, and journalists. Administrators, Test players, ex-players, club players. Those are only the ones I talk too. There are many more too. They’re all cricket fans, and all here to see a new documentary, Death of a Gentleman . Continue reading... Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber started work on the film back in 2011, when they travelled together to cover Australia’s home Test series against India.Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber started work on the film back in 2011, when they travelled together to cover Australia’s home Test series against India.
- Clive Rice, former South Africa cricket captain, dies aged 66
• Notts and Natal all-rounder was suffering from brain tumour • Led South Africa when they came out of sporting isolation Clive Rice, the former South Africa captain and Nottinghamshire all-rounder, has died in a Cape Town hospital aged 66. He had been suffering from a brain tumour and visited India in March to have radiation treatment in Bangalore. Continue reading... Clive Rice had recently visited India for radiation treatment. Photograph: Mark Liley/Sportsphoto/Sportsphoto Ltd.Clive Rice had recently visited India for radiation treatment. Photograph: Mark Liley/Sportsphoto/Sportsphoto Ltd.
- Cricket in cinema: heroes and villains hit the big screen
Cricketing films tend to focus on heroics on the pitch, but a new campaigning documentary, Death of a Gentleman, looks at the dirty tricks off the pitch Mismanagement by cricket’s administrators is threatening the sport’s existence, says the new documentary Death of a Gentleman. Cricket journalists Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber spent several years making the film. They start by asking whether there is a future for Test cricket and go on to rail against the state of the modern game. Test cricket, says Tony Greig, one of many former players and commentators featured in the film, is “a character builder”. But the five-day game is threatened by the rise of T20, which has condensed cricket into three-hour, bite-sized chunks of entertainment with big hitters and cheerleaders. India, the main driver of TV revenue, calls the shots to the detriment of the wider game outside the “big three” of India, England and Australia. The riches of the Indian Premier League mean the best West Indian players such as Chris Gayle are often unavailable to play for their country, whose Test series are reduced to a “meaningless” two or three matches. Continue reading... Batting delight … Ed Cowan and Sam Collins in Death of a Gentleman.Batting delight … Ed Cowan and Sam Collins in Death of a Gentleman.
- Surrey’s Jason Roy punishes Northants blunders to set up record win
• Surrey 343-5; Northamptonshire 123 all out • Surrey win Royal London One-Day Cup match by 220 runs If there is one thing worse than dropping Jason Roy on 23 on an easy-paced Oval pitch it is probably dropping him again on 87 on his way to what, by that stage, already looked like a match-winning hundred. Roy, who has been in murderous form in white-ball cricket recently, does not need a second invitation right now. But he was given two here by Northamptonshire after Gareth Batty won the toss on a glum south London afternoon, chose to bat first and saw Surrey canter to 343 en route to a 220-run victory, the largest ever one-day defeat in the visitors’ history. Related: Australia crush England in third ODI to take command of Women’s Ashes Continue reading... Jason Roy made 108 off 79 balls for Surrey against Northants in the Royal London One-Day Cup after being dropped when he had 23 and 87. Photograph: Nigel French/Empics SportJason Roy made 108 off 79 balls for Surrey against Northants in the Royal London One-Day Cup after being dropped when he had 23 and 87. Photograph: Nigel French/Empics Sport
- Women's Ashes 2015: England v Australia – as it happened
Australia beat England in the third ODI of the Women’s Ashes County cricket: the final over of the week Match report: Australia storm to victory in third ODI 5.39pm BST Australia have beaten England in the third ODI, reports Amy All over at New Road, as Australia claim an 89-run victory as England are 152 all out inside 43 overs. 5.28pm BST It’s not looking good for England WICKET Marsh out caught at cover. England 138-8 #WomensAshes Continue reading... Ellyse Perry batting for Australia against England.Ellyse Perry batting for Australia against England.
- County cricket: the week's final over
Six talking points from the week’s matches in the County Championship How I fell in love with cricket writing By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog , part of the Guardian Sport Network Yorkshire powered their way to a 34-point lead at the top of Division One (with a game in hand) after swatting aside Worcestershire by seven wickets at the evocative North Marine Road, Scarborough. Andrew Gale, having had a good look at the pitch while compiling 164, had no hesitation in enforcing the follow-on, his unorthodox selection doubtless playing a part in his considerations. Yorkshire fielded six frontline bowlers, with Adil Rashid and Tim Bresnan considered all-rounders at No6 and No7 supporting the returning Liam Plunkett and the regular seamers Steve Patterson, Ryan Sidebottom and Jack Brooks. Not every county will enjoy such depth of resources, but its benefit was clear. Despite Worcestershire batting 76 and 91 overs in their innings, no bowler’s workload was more than Rashid’s 21 in the Pears’ second dig and all six picked up at least a couple of scalps. Not just the right selection for late July, with six matches still to play that workload management may pay dividends come August and September too. Continue reading... The pavilion at the evocative North Marine Road.The pavilion at the evocative North Marine Road.
- South Africa to play four Test matches in India for first time
• Tour will also include three T20 matches and five ODIs in subcontinent • AB de Villiers may play his 100th Test for South Africa in Bangalore South Africa will play four Test matches in India for the first time as part of their longest tour to the subcontinent this year. They will also play five ODIs and three Twenty20 matches between 2 October and 7 December in what has been described as a landmark tour by Cricket South Africa. Continue reading... AB de Villiers bats during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.