- Michael Clarke on indefinite leave from cricket after pulling out of Big Bash deal
Former Australia captain hoping to rediscover love for game Had signed a two-year deal as Melbourne Stars’ marquee player and captain Michael Clarke has pulled out of his Big Bash League deal with the Melbourne Stars, saying he is taking an indefinite break from all forms of cricket and hopes he can rediscover his love and passion for the game. Despite announcing in April he had signed a two-year contract with the Stars as president Eddie McGuire’s marquee and captain, Clarke said he needed to “press pause” in order to finally consider his goals outside of cricket. Continue reading... Clarke retired from international cricket after Australia ceded the Ashes in England.
- Chris Jordan puts Sussex on top in relegation clash at Worcester
• Day one: Worcestershire 185-9 v Sussex • Chris Jordan takes five for 57 before rain forces early close When Chris Jordan speaks, the words fall effortlessly out of his mouth: that Bajan twang allowing them to linger in the air like a feather dropping to the ground. But when he bowls, the effort is all too evident. The ball is placed purposefully in a vice-like grip that locks his wrist into place. He turns at the bottom of a runup that has been reduced from an excessive 25 strides before a stuttered jog to the front line. When his rhythm is off, he can look like a next generation prototype at a Japanese robotics convention. On Tuesday he looked close to the finished article, taking five for 57 on day one of this Division One relegation clash. Continue reading... Chris Jordan in April 2015. He took five for 57 for Sussex at Worcestershire.
- Yorkshire’s Jack Brooks beats nerves to be the scourge of Somerset
• Day one: Somerset 110; Yorkshire 138-3 • Brooks finishes with figures of five for 32 on his comeback It may not be arithmetically possible for Yorkshire to win the County Championship during this game but they certainly had the look of champions elect after an impressive performance with both bat and ball on Tuesday. During a torrid morning session Somerset were reduced to 85 for eight as they failed to cope with devastating opening spells from the new-ball pair of Jack Brooks and Ryan Sidebottom, who dismissed the first five batsmen for single-figure scores. Continue reading... Jack Brooks of Yorkshire during a devastating spell of bowling in the the County Championship match against Somerset.
- County cricket – as it happened
All the action from Worcestershire v Sussex and Yorkshire v Somerset County cricket: the week’s final over 5.14pm BST Play has been suspended for the day at New Road. NO FURTHER PLAY DUE TO RAIN - Worcestershire close Day One on 185 for 9. Five wickets for @CJordan #GOSBTS @LV_Cricket 5.09pm BST Jamie Bowman reports: Yorkshire 101-1 replying to Somerset’s 110 all out It’s hard not to feel sorry for Somerset on a day which has seen the weather get better and better following their own damp squib of an innings. Headingley is now bathed in sunshine and a fair proportion of it is shining on Adam Lyth who has shrugged off his England woes to reach a half-century. Lyth was dropped on seven when Luke Ronchi missed a tough-ish chance down the leg side but since then the opener has looked in fine form, moving to his 50 off 85 balls. Continue reading... Yorkshire’s Jack Brooks celebrates taking the wicket of Luke Ronchi at Headingley.
- England’s Moeen Ali confesses to his love of being an opening batsman
But Mr Adaptable is ready to ‘bat anywhere from one to 11’ as England prepare for one-day series against Australia “I can bat anywhere from one to 11, really.” Yes, Moeen Ali is a bit of a captain’s dream except when he propels the odd long hop. He seems to be a wonderfully low-maintenance cricketer, phlegmatic, devoid of ego and eager to play whatever role is required of him. At Cardiff on Monday he batted at No3 for England in the one-off Twenty20 international against Australia. He hit a vital career-best 72 not out; he bowled one over for just three runs during which Glenn Maxwell was dismissed, albeit with a significant helping hand from Ben Stokes on the long-on boundary. Continue reading... England’s Moeen Ali after reaching his T20 half-century in Cardiff. Watching on is Australia’s Matthew Wade.
- England new boy Reece Topley to join Hampshire from Essex at end of season
• Topley hoping Hampshire will help him develop into regular international • 21-year-old left-armer made England debut in Monday’s T20 victory Essex have announced Reece Topley is to join Hampshire at the end of the season. The 21-year-old left-armer made his England debut in Monday’s T20 victory over Australia . While that is a feather in Essex’s cap, they will not be the side to benefit from the player’s growing stature in the game. Continue reading... Reece Topley made his England debut in the T20 victory over Australia on Monday. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty ImagesReece Topley made his England debut in the T20 victory over Australia on Monday. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images
- The Cricket Pitch: Ashes special night two – Guardian Live highlights video
The Observer’s Emma John and comedian Andy Zaltzman host an evening of music, news and gossip from the world of cricket. They are joined by special guests, former internationals, Gladstone Small and women’s team captain Charlotte Edwards, The Last Leg’s Adam Hills and McBusted’s Harry Judd. The Guardian Live event took place on August18 2015 at the Kia Oval Continue reading... 140x84 trailpic for The Cricket Pitch: Ashes special night two - Guardian Live highlights video140x84 trailpic for The Cricket Pitch: Ashes special night two - Guardian Live highlights video
- India seal Test series win in Sri Lanka despite Angelo Mathews century
• Third Test day five: India 321 & 274; Sri Lanka 201 & 268 • India win by 117 runs despite score of 110 by Mathews Angelo Mathews’s batting heroics proved to be in vain as India beat Sri Lanka by 117 runs in the final Test to win the three-match series 2-1 on Tuesday. After setting Sri Lanka a 386-run target India needed seven wickets on the final day to gift Virat Kohli his first series victory since becoming the Test captain. Continue reading... Angelo Mathews celebrates a century against India in Colombo but it was not enough to stop Sri Lanka succumbing to a series defeat. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/ReutersAngelo Mathews celebrates a century against India in Colombo but it was not enough to stop Sri Lanka succumbing to a series defeat. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters
- County cricket: the week's final over
Six observations from the week’s county games, including praise for Geraint Jones, Peter Moores, Samit Patel, Gavin Griffiths, Stephen Parry and Arron Lilley By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog , part of the Guardian Sport Network In a rain-affected round of matches in the County Championship, the only positive result came at Trent Bridge, where Nottinghamshire continued their remarkable run of form with a crushing win over Warwickshire. Though the return of captain, leader, legend Chris Read has much to do with the surge that has lifted Notts from the relegation zone to within 16 points of second place, the role of Peter Moores cannot be overstated. He may have failed twice with England, but Moores knows exactly what’s required at domestic level, and he’s weaving his magic again. Continue reading... James Fuller and Geraint Jones celebrate as Gloucestershire beat Hampshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-finals.
- Alastair Cook hopes England find long-term Test opening partner
• Cook admits selectors face tough selection for Abu Dhabi • ‘I’d love someone to jump out and nail that slot’ Alastair Cook hopes someone can solve England’s opener troubles and become his long-term partner in the Test team. Adam Lyth this summer became Cook’s sixth partner since Andrew Strauss retired after the South Africa series in 2012. Continue reading... The England captain, Alastair Cook, celebrates with the Ashes urn after the Kia Oval Test against Australia.
- Eoin Morgan delighted with England’s steadfastness in edging Australia
• Captain singles out David Willey and Ben Stokes in tight T20I win • Morgan looks forward to ODIs on back of success There is nothing better than winning a match that was looking as if it was lost. So Eoin Morgan could afford a rare smile after England’s five-run victory over Australia in their Twenty20 match here on Monday. His team held their nerve whereas the Australians did not. Related: England’s Ben Stokes helps beat Australia in T20I with fine final over Continue reading... Eoin Morgan is looking forward to the five ODIs with a spring in his step after the five-run Twenty20 victory over Australia.
- England’s Ben Stokes helps beat Australia in T20I with fine final over
• T20 international: England 182-5; Australia 177-8 • England win by five runs to win one-off match At least this contest went the distance. After a series of truncated Tests the outcome of this isolated T20 match was in doubt until the penultimate ball. England, thanks to some inspired out-cricket in the closing overs – after some shabbier stuff earlier on – won by five runs. With the match in the balance the fielding was sure and bowling intelligent while there was a hint of panic in an Australia camp that contrived to lose five wickets for 16 runs in 14 balls towards the end of their chase. Related: Eoin Morgan delighted with England’s steadfastness in edging Australia Continue reading... England’s Ben Stokes runs out Pat Cummins off the penultimate ball, to leave Australia needing an impossible eight off one ball.
- Eoin Morgan extols virtues of rest on Twenty20 return for England
• Limited-overs captain faces Australia in Cardiff after month off • James Vince and Reece Topley pushing for debuts Eoin Morgan returns to lead England in Monday’s one-off Twenty20 international against Australia in Cardiff following his month-long sabbatical , a break that has seen energy levels renewed. Morgan has not played a competitive match since 1 August when a third-ball duck in Middlesex’s Royal London Cup match with Hampshire convinced him that his search for form, amid a run of 13 innings without a half-century, was tantamount to banging his head against a brick wall. Continue reading... A jovial Eoin Morgan says he is ‘raring to go’ after taking a month off to boost his energy levels.
- Ashes statistics highlight pointlessness of arguing the toss
Widespread calls to do away with the toss and let the tourists decide serve no purpose as England have been victorious in more Tests when losing it while with Australia there is not a significant difference Not least among the charms of international cricket are the ceremonials contained therein. The taking of the second (and occasionally third) new ball always appears to take on a sacramental element as the umpire holds it aloft reverentially before handing it to the bowler. And then there is the toss. Other than cricket, is there any other sport in which the flip of a coin is such a high-profile part of the preliminaries? In football or rugby there is a toss, but the teams apart, does anyone really pay it any mind? The toss before the Boat Race has a consequence in deciding which of the Surrey or Middlesex station the crews take. But beyond that? Related: Ian Bell: ‘I’m not ready to call time on my England Test career’ Continue reading... Alastair Cook, left, tosses the coin for Australia’s Michael Clarke at the Kia Oval where England were won it and lost by an innings. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Rex ShutterstockAlastair Cook, left, tosses the coin for Australia’s Michael Clarke at the Kia Oval where England were won it and lost by an innings. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Rex Shutterstock
- England women count on Sarah Taylor for big hit against Australia
England hope Taylor’s free-flowing stroke play is on show in the three Ashes Twenty20 matches against Australia, starting at Chelmsford England Women need to steel themselves as they enter the final stage of the Ashes, needing three victories to retain the trophy. After squandering an early lead in the one-day series, a dismal performance in the only Test ensured that Australia have the advantage heading into the T20s. England must win all three games. Continue reading... Sarah Taylor leaves the field after losing her wicket to Australia’s Ellyse Perry during day four of the women’s Ashes Test in Canterbury.
- Joe Root and the new generation | Andy Bull
Captaincy talk is inevitable, but England are doing well by letting him be his own childish self. For now, at least, he is best when he’s carefree After the urn, the fireworks, the cheques, the champagne, the medals, the handshakes, the lap of honour and the rendition of Jerusalem, the team photos, the TV interviews and the post-match press conferences, the 2015 Ashes finished, in the very end, with a joke about Stuart Broad’s penis. It was Joe Root who did it . When Alastair Cook started to talk to the press about Broad’s length – “it’s been fantastic” – it was too much for Root to take. He started sniggering so hard that, in the end, Cook turned to him and asked: “What are you laughing at?” Root, ran his hand over his chin to try and disguise his smile. “Nothing,” he said. Then he admitted: “You talking about Stuart’s length”. Cook, playing it straight, rolled his eyes, gave a suffering sigh, and replied: “You and your one-track mind. I’m trying to do a serious interview here, Joe.” Continue reading... England’s Joe Root in full flow.England’s Joe Root in full flow.
- Ashes 2015 – a visual tour of the fifth Test at The Oval
The Guardian’s photojournalist Tom Jenkins went to the final Test of the historic cricket series at the Kia Oval for an alternative view of international cricket’s historic rivalry Continue reading...
- ‘A middle-order from Yorkshire could be England’s long-term solution’ | Jason Gillespie
A right-handed opener who plays with positive intent could better complement Alastair Cook than another leftie in place of Adam Lyth on the forthcoming tours The noises coming from the England camp after their Ashes win should be encouraging for supporters because the message is not one of mission accomplished but that they are aware improvements are needed before two tough Test assignments this winter. Trevor Bayliss, the head coach, has been very impressive during his short time in charge and was spot on in saying that the victory must not paper over cracks in the team. He knows there is a lot of work to be done with a developing side and will now look at ways to address the shortcomings. Victory over Australia is a very handy starting point. Continue reading... Joe Root, named the man of the series for England, epitomises the hosts’ positive approach.
- Guardian Cricket Pitch Ashes recap – Guardian Live video
The Cricket Pitch is the Guardian’s cricket and comedy chat show live from the Kia Oval, hosted by Emma John and comedian Andy Zaltzman. Emma and Andy are joined by England captain Charlotte Edwards, McBusted’s Harry Judd, former England bowler Gladstone Small, The Last Leg’s Adam Hills to discuss the 2015 series Continue reading...
- Ashes 2015 review: the best and worst from this year’s series
Stuart Broad and Steve Smith shone; Jos Buttler and Josh Hazlewood didn’t; Trent Bridge will never be forgotten and the lack of five-day Tests was a low Mike Selvey Stuart Broad. Raised his bowling to a new level in this series, both technically and strategically. At Trent Bridge, he took on the mantle of senior bowler in the absence of Jimmy Anderson, and his spell on the first morning was one of the most decisive in Ashes history , effectively won the match and series for England in the first hour and a half. Continue reading... Stuart Broad celebrates England's Ashes triumph at the end of the fourth Test at Trent Bridge. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty ImagesStuart Broad celebrates England's Ashes triumph at the end of the fourth Test at Trent Bridge. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
- Michael Clarke: 2015 Ashes marks end of my career – video
Michael Clarke, the Australia cricket captain, speaks to the press on Sunday following the end of the 2015 Ashes Test cricket series. Australia managed to win the final Ashes test on August 20, but lost the series 3-2 to England after losing at Trent Bridge by an innings and 78 runs Continue reading... 140x84 trailpic for Michael Clarke: Ashes marks the end of my career video140x84 trailpic for Michael Clarke: Ashes marks the end of my career video
- BT Sport secures rights to 2017-18 Ashes series in Australia
• Five-year deal agreed with Cricket Australia for UK rights worth around £80m • Package includes ODIs, T20 matches and other series in Australia from 2016 Live coverage of the next Ashes will be on BT Sport after the broadcaster unveiled a five-year deal with Cricket Australia to show its international matches exclusively in the UK from 2016. The centrepiece of the deal, believed to be worth around £80m , will be the next Ashes series in 2017-18 when the Australians will look to regain the urn they lost to England this summer . Continue reading... BT Sport will have exclusive live coverage of England’s attempt to retain the Ashes in Australia in 2017-18. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty ImagesBT Sport will have exclusive live coverage of England’s attempt to retain the Ashes in Australia in 2017-18. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images
- Michael Clarke likened to Allan Border in Shane Warne video tribute
Clarke rivals Border for meticulous preparation for matches, says Warne Former spinner hopes Clarke will go on to mentor next generation of players Related: Australia’s Michael Clarke departs with head high and a parting shot at pitches Australian cricket legend Shane Warne has honoured Michael Clarke in a video tribute, likening the retiring captain to the celebrated Allan Border. Continue reading... Michael Clarke ended his career as Australia’s Test captain with victory in the fifth Ashes Test over series winners England at the Kia Oval.
- The Ashes 2015: Joe Root and David Warner put bad blood behind them
• Australian threw a punch at Root in a Birmingham bar in June 2013 • Root and Warner forget past ill feeling to share a post-Ashes drink Joe Root and David Warner appear finally to have put their altercation in a Birmingham bar behind them in the wake of England’s Ashes victory over Australia. Warner hit the headlines in June 2013 after making an “unprovoked physical attack” on Root in a Walkabout bar following England’s 48-run win over Australia in the Champions Trophy at Edgbaston . Continue reading... Joe Root and David Warner pose after the final Ashes Test.Joe Root and David Warner pose after the final Ashes Test.
- The Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook urges Ian Bell not to retire from Tests
• Captain backs ‘class player’ who will take stock of 11-year career • England are now aiming to knock South Africa off the No1 spot • Fifth Ashes Test: Match report • Michael Clarke departs with his head held high Amid the post-Ashes celebrations – which Alastair Cook insisted were not tarnished by defeat in the fifth Test – came a plea from the England captain for Ian Bell to continue in international cricket as they plot a course for the top of the world rankings. Bell, who has joined Ian Botham as one of two England cricketers in the modern era to taste Ashes victory five times, admitted after their innings defeat by Australia that he would “take stock over the next few weeks” regarding the continuation of his 11-year Test career. Continue reading... Alastair Cook, celebrating England’s Ashes triumph, insists Ian Bell should not retire from Test cricket as he ‘still has a big part to play’.
- Australia’s Michael Clarke departs with head high and a parting shot at pitches
Australia captain unhappy with pitch standards in final three Ashes Tests of a captaincy tenure he describes as ‘an honour and a privilege’ By the time the final wicket fell, the grey clouds that had swept up from the south and across the ground were long gone. The sun was out again, shining on Michael Clarke as he led his team from the field for the final time. One last Test match victory, and one last series defeat. Not the perfect finish, but satisfying in its way. After the Australians broke from their celebratory huddle, Clarke led his players across the outfield to applaud the gaggle of travelling fans in the OCS Stand. He returned alone later on to thank them again. “This is not about me,” Clarke said afterwards. “What I wanted was for people, the Australian public in particular, to see the fight inside this dressing room and how much they wanted to come and play really good cricket in this last Test, to show that while we have let ourselves down in this series there is still talent and hunger in that dressing room.” Continue reading... Michael Clarke receives a guard of honour from his Australia team-mates at the end of the fifth Ashes Test at The Kia Oval.
- The Ashes 2015: England clinch series but Australia win fifth Test
• Australia 481 beat England 149 & 286 (f/0) by an innings and 46 runs • England win five-match series 3-2 • Peter Siddle finishes with six wickets in the match The fifth and final Test ended shortly before half past three with an England defeat and an Ashes success. Moeen Ali , one of the batting joys of the summer, had played another cameo, this time a last-ditch effort, to prolong the end after rain at midday had disrupted play for almost three hours. An old stager would have settled for the red ink in the scorer’s book, and an average for the series in excess of 40, which would not be too shabby for a fellow for whom a fearsome working-over by the Australian pace bowlers had been predicted. Instead he threw the bat to the last, edged to Peter Nevill and the deed was done. It gave a fourth wicket to Peter Siddle, an indefatigable deserving presence in the Australian attack after spending four matches frustrated on the sidelines. So Australia won the final match of one of the most bizarrely fluctuating of all Test series, never mind Ashes, by an innings and 46 runs and gave Michael Clarke a winning departure from international cricket. This was acknowledged by the generous crowd, not least the canary and green ranks of Australian supporters at the Vauxhall end, whom the outgoing captain went to see after the match. Continue reading... England’s Alastair Cook, centre, celebrates with his team-mates after regaining the Ashes.
- Ashes 2015: Moeen Ali’s elevation to England opener would be a bit of a punt
The all-rounder, who is likely to open in the one-day matches against Australia, would probably prefer the considerable challenges at the top of the order This was an odd time for an audition. The notion of Moeen Ali taking over from Adam Lyth as Alastair Cook’s opening partner in the UAE has been suggested and Moeen was soon at the crease on Sunday. However, he was – after the decision to employ Mark Wood as a nightwatchman – batting at No9. Wilfred Rhodes famously went from No11 to the top of the order in his England career but somehow any parallel between Rhodes and Moeen seems a tad tenuous. But Moeen was facing a new ball and initially he played and missed at it half a dozen times. Well, that was quite a good start. Playing and missing is so much better than nicking off. Continue reading... Moeen Ali’s presence at the top of the order would allow England to play an extra spinner in their Test team in the UAE.
- Ashes 2015 ratings: How England’s and Australia’s players shaped up
Plaudits for Broad, Root and Rogers; a struggle for Lyth, Clarke and Voges – how every player rated in the 2015 Ashes Continue reading... Joe Root with the Ashes urn, reward for a magnificent personal series.
- Charlie Hemphrey: the English cricketer treading an irregular path to the top
Australia’s Sheffield Shield is a route rarely taken by aspiring English cricketers but the success of late-bloomer Charlie Hemphrey may inspire fellow hopefuls Players reared in Australia forging successful careers in English county cricket are a familiar sight. Steven Crook reminded Australia of as much by scoring 142 not out for Northamptonshire against them this month. Crook was unable to get a professional contract down under, but has enjoyed a fine career in England. Few players travel in the reverse direction: the odds on someone not deemed good enough by 18 first-class teams in England being embraced by one of the six in Australia are not good. For years Charlie Hemphrey attempted to secure a contract in county cricket. Twice he was released by Kent; he returned, for a third time, to play second team cricket but the club did not reverse their judgement. A simple conclusion was that, like dozens of peripheral players released by counties each year, Hemphrey was a good cricketer but not good enough for the professional game. When he played second team cricket for Derbyshire and Essex, they shared Kent’s view. In 2013, Hemphrey was a 24-year-old working as a construction site management in Folkestone, playing club cricket and no longer interesting county second elevens. Continue reading... Queensland cricketer Charlie Hemphrey in action during a Brisbane Heat practice game. Photo by Bob Jones Photography supplied by Queensland Cricket.
- England v Australia: 10 curious things we’ve learned from the Ashes series
If 2005 was a series for a starved generation, an epic to compete with the most golden of eras, 2015 was a tall tale, reconnecting us with a more baroque age Well, that was mad, wasn’t it? If 2005 was a series for a starved generation, an epic to compete with the most golden of eras, 2015 was a tall tale, reconnecting us with a more baroque age. Wild and eccentric, it will sit forever alongside cricket’s strangest folk stories – happy proof that however professional the game has become, Test cricket remains as inimitable and unpredictable as it was 100 years ago. So, while we begin to celebrate the most bizarre Ashes series in living memory, let’s consider what else it has taught us … 1 There’s something about a redhead Continue reading... England's Joe Root snaps a selfie with fans after the Ashes series-securing victory at Trent Bridge. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the GuardianEngland's Joe Root snaps a selfie with fans after the Ashes series-securing victory at Trent Bridge. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian
- England fans in forgiving mood despite Australia’s dominance of fifth Test | Andy Bull
England are not a great team yet but they are a popular one – and it isn’t just down to the Ashes series scoreline The new trains on the London Underground seat 252, but morning most running southbound on the Victoria line were holding many more than that. At 9.35am, it was standing room only from King’s Cross onwards. A London weekend in late summer and everyone’s got somewhere to go. Some shopping at Oxford Circus, some strolling in Green Park, some sightseeing in Pimlico, some switching trains at Victoria and some, lucky few and happiest of the lot, on their way to Vauxhall to watch England slide to defeat. Spot them, as ever, by their smiles, sun hats, England kit, plastic bags stuffed full of sandwiches, and papers folded open to the sports section. Related: No charity for England and Alastair Cook as Australia enforce the follow-on | Mike Selvey Continue reading... Fans in a flat overlooking the Kia Oval remind everyone that the destiny of the Ashes has already been decided.
- Playing inside the M25 obviously brings out the best in the Australians | Vic Marks
Alastair Cook’s England had built up a lot of credit in the bank but their monumental lack of discipline meant it was used up very quickly on a chastening second day of the final Test at the Kia Oval It is just as well that there is a lot of credit in the bank. So far in this Test match, no matter how determined they were to win 4-1, no matter how persuasive Alastair Cook was in those pre-match telephone calls, there has been a monumental lack of discipline or nous in England’s cricket. They have been comprehensively outplayed by Australia in a series where the front-runner in each match has never been overtaken – or even threatened. Continue reading... Alastair Cook walks after losing his wicket for 22 runs.
- Australia’s Steve Smith makes statement with self-restraint against England | Andy Bull
The tourists’ No3 was determined to make a point at the scene of his first Test century and, after a reprieve from a Steven Finn no-ball, he reached his 11th The last time Steve Smith came to play in Kennington, he was a 24-year-old without a Test century to his name, still finding his way in Australia’s middle order. That was in 2013. Cricket moves quickly these days, and a lot has changed in those two years, not least Smith himself. He returned as one of the leading batsmen in the world, ranked No3 now, and only recently deposed from the top spot by Joe Root. Smith made his first ton in that very match in 2013 , 138 in a strange game in which England gave debuts to both Chris Woakes and Simon Kerrigan, and Michael Clarke infuriated his own management with a generous declaration, spared in the end only by the bad light on the fifth evening. It seems unlikely England will come so close to winning this time . Continue reading... Steve Smith celebrates reaching his 11th century – all of which have been achieved in the first innings. Photograph: Paul Childs/ReutersSteve Smith celebrates reaching his 11th century – all of which have been achieved in the first innings. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters
- Michael Clarke fails to recover stride after premature guard of honour | Vic Marks
Australia’s departing captain had flown the family over for his final Test, which is just as well as Channel 9 back home was showing adverts when he was applauded to the wicket and given a guard of honour It was odd that England should form a guard of honour for Michael Clarke when he arrived at the crease but not unprecedented. They did the same for Don Bradman in 1948, a parallel that Clarke might enjoy. Moreover, in more recent times the “greats” have often been accorded this ritual and no one really quibbles about Clarke deserving such a public acknowledgment of his career. No, this is what was odd: that England should form their guard of honour on the first day in Australia’s first innings. Had they come to the conclusion that Clarke would bat only once in this match? Did they calculate that the Australians were going to score so many runs in their first innings that a second knock for Clarke would never come to pass? If so, whatever happened to all that positive thinking? Continue reading... Australia’s captain, Michael Clarke, receives a guard of honour from England as he comes in to bat for what may have been his last Test innings. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PAAustralia’s captain, Michael Clarke, receives a guard of honour from England as he comes in to bat for what may have been his last Test innings. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA
- Chris Rogers, unfashionable but dependable, will be missed by Australia | Russell Jackson
As the understated batsman departs from the Test arena, Australia must wonder how they will replace his subtle and elusive qualities at the crease As Australia embark upon the last of their Test commitments on this ill-starred Ashes tour at the Kia Oval, they also bid farewell to their top-order bulwark, Chris Rogers, the only batsman from whom the tourists have received truly consistent returns throughout this English summer. At this point it probably pays to try and position Rogers within the pantheon of left-handed Australian openers, as much as one can from a sample size of 24 Tests – not quite enough to compare him to the greats like Arthur Morris, a little too many to rank against flash-in-the-pans. Continue reading... Chris Rogers will pull on his baggy green for one final time in the final 2015 Ashes Test at the Kia Oval, starting on Thursday.
- Michael Clarke merits fitting Australia farewell in Test that still matters | Jason Gillespie
Not all Australia greats get the send-off they deserve but Michael Clarke will in an Oval Ashes Test for which they should find plenty of motivation Michael Clarke will enjoy one last Test match as the Australia captain before retirement , and while sentimentality has not always been the Australian way, the circumstances of this tour make it understandable. He has earned the right to go out his way. Clarke would still have been selected had he kept quiet on his plans to call it a day and with the Ashes lost, a legend of the game now gets a fitting sendoff at the Kia Oval. There was no way Clarke was guaranteed a spot after this tour but he has been honest about this himself. Continue reading... The outgoing Australia captain Michael Clarke leaves the pitch after an optional training session at the Kia Oval.The outgoing Australia captain Michael Clarke leaves the pitch after an optional training session at the Kia Oval.
- Ashes 2015: England set for same again to keep pushing for cricket history
Absence of recovering Jimmy Anderson means Alastair Cook will stick with the side who secured the Ashes against Australia at Trent Bridge There is an imperative for England to keep the foot on the pedal and close out the series with another win. Not once in any of the previous 27 Ashes series in this country that have involved four or more Tests have England won more than three. Alastair Cook, who already stands alongside WG Grace and Mike Brearley as the only England captains to have won two home Ashes series, is looking to create a unique slice of England history. His impassioned round of phone calls to his players a week ago tells as much. Continue reading... England’s Joe Root, left, and Adam Lyth wait their turn for a net the Kia Oval on Wednesday, when the teams completed their preparations. Photograph: Philip Brown/ReutersEngland’s Joe Root, left, and Adam Lyth wait their turn for a net the Kia Oval on Wednesday, when the teams completed their preparations. Photograph: Philip Brown/Reuters
- Kumar Sangakkara heads to retirement arguably the first among equals | Dileep Premachandran
Sri Lanka prepares to say farewell to a man who is not only one of the statesmen of the modern game, but the most consistent batsman of his era For a split-second, I thought he was going to hit me. I’d gone to the team hotel to meet Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka’s captain, but the first person I came across in the lobby was his great friend, Kumar Sangakkara. The previous afternoon – in a World Cup final now remembered for Adam Gilchrist’s squash-ball-in-glove heroics, floodlight failures and farcical organisation – Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya had, for just over one quixotic hour, made the impossible seem plausible. Needing 282 from 38 overs, they were cruising at 102 for one from 16, with the asking rate just over eight. Not long after, Sangakkara had miscued a pull to short midwicket, triggering a domino-like collapse that saw Sri Lanka fall well short. “You gave it away, champ,” I said, realising immediately that it wasn’t the cleverest opening line to offer a losing finalist. Instead of a fit of pique, however, Sangakkara responded with a wry smile. “These things happen, eh? That’s sport.” Continue reading... Kumar Sangakkara is all smiles as Sri Lanka beat India in the opening Test.
- Shane Warne's mural brings the art and cricket worlds together as one | Russell Jackson
Like all great art, the former cricketer’s commissioned piece throws up more questions than answers, challenging us to find some meaning behind the chaos Open thread: Is Shane Warne the most famous Australian on the planet? With its overstuffed fixture list and myriad administrative subplots, international cricket now provides the eager scribe with endless narrative possibilities, but sometimes you just have to ignore the everyday happenings and admit that Shane Warne making a blazing foray into the art world is the most exciting story of the day. Today is that day. Related: Open thread: Is Shane Warne the most famous Australian on the planet? Continue reading... Warne’s mural, seven years in the making, depicts the ultimate backyard barbecue.
- Arise Sir Dukes: why England’s Ashes winners owe credit to ball makers | Mike Selvey
That Ricky Ponting is encouraging Australia to begin using the Dukes ball at home Tests demonstrates just how valuable a weapon it has been for England Over recent years it has become as much a part of the precursor to a Test match as the toss. Jimmy Anderson will choose the balls with which England will bowl, this one first, this should they need another. They sit there nestled in a box, half a dozen of them, gleaming gold lettering showing the royal crest, the name Duke and Son, the Special County mark and the A grade letter: the leather is red and glistening like a new-fallen conker. Anderson will survey them and, just by eye, reject some. Cricketers refer to the ball as “the cherry” but that is an all-embracing term. Just as a cherry can vary in appearance from the vivid fire-engine crimson of the Stella to the dark red Morello, so with the Dukes ball. Anderson will survey the box, looking for the Morello. Continue reading... Jimmy Anderson brandishes his key weapon, the Dukes ball, after his fifth wicket in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston. Photograph: BPI/Rex ShutterstockJimmy Anderson brandishes his key weapon, the Dukes ball, after his fifth wicket in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston. Photograph: BPI/Rex Shutterstock
- England’s Ashes success at Trent Bridge a salute to the essence of sport | Richard Williams
Against a backdrop of Isis barbarity and the widening gap between rich and poor, it was the greatest day of a summer in which English cricket struck back A lot of people remarked that Stuart Broad’s eight for 15 in Australia’s first innings at Trent Bridge was the sort of thing you might expect in a schoolboy match. That was precisely what made it so enchanting. Here was cricket, at its most exalted level, reminding us of the innocence of the game in its pristine, prelapsarian state. You don’t have to be a top-class bowler to know the feeling that arrives on a day like that, when everything comes right: the body feels good, the conditions are offering just a little assistance, the ball goes in the right place time after time, and the batsmen can’t seem to help themselves as they fall one by one. A combination of factors that could be ascribed to luck is really a reward for all the days on which fortune doesn’t smile. As Broad walked towards the applause of the Trent Bridge members, with the opposition all out and still 20 minutes to lunch on the first morning of an Ashes Test, he would have felt no different from a 12-year-old accepting the congratulations of his schoolmates. Continue reading... England's Stuart Broad 'rejoined the company of those who play cricket purely for the love of it' against Australia at Trent Bridge. Photograph: James Marsh/BPI/Rex ShutterstockEngland's Stuart Broad 'rejoined the company of those who play cricket purely for the love of it' against Australia at Trent Bridge. Photograph: James Marsh/BPI/Rex Shutterstock
- 1,000,000 and counting: writers select their favourite Test delivery in England
The Ashes-deciding match at Trent Bridge also saw the millionth Test delivery on these shores – a Ben Stokes ball to David Warner that was hit for four. On the back of the milestone, here are six other memorable domestic deliveries Fancy shaking a bucket for “charidee” on the Saturday of the Edgbaston Test in exchange for free entry? In between freelance assignments back in 2005, this offer from the newly created Chance to Shine – coming via some fellow touring supporters from the previous Ashes in Australia – was the ultimate no-brainer. As I pinched a spare seat behind the bowler’s arm late on that undulating third day, the last recognised batsman, Michael Clarke, and his chum Shane Warne went into the final over having shaved 38 runs off the target of 282 for the eighth wicket, leaving another 107 to win. Watching in the crowd, these precise figures represented the creeping dread of another defeat snatched from the jaws of victory. Up steps Steve Harmison with one the best/worst, well-disguised/glaringly obvious variations ever to come out of his hand. If it felt like it was in slow-motion, it is because it was; a split-fingered floater that Clarke played at five minutes before it’s arrival for a moment of utter stump-rattling bliss that felt, at the time, like the match was won there and then. Little did we know what would follow the next morning. Ali Martin Continue reading... Steve Harmison celebrates dismissing Michael Clarke at Edgbaston in 2005 with that slower ball.
- Australia's Ashes humiliation: honestly, who saw such a devastating loss coming? | Matt Cleary
Just over a month ago, Australia were thought to be nailed on to continue their domination over England in the Ashes. How could so many have got it so wrong? The cracking (if apocryphal) story goes that after the 1989 Ashes Test series Graham Gooch left a message on his phone’s answering machine that went: “Please leave a message as I’m out, probably lbw Alderman”. And lo did people chortle at Gooch’s self-deprecating English humour and admire Alderman’s 80-odd wickets in two Ashes series in England. Good times. Today, not so much. Today, England’s pace attack own Australia. And you wonder: might any of these current Australian batsmen leave a message on their phone (or a meme on their Twitter, or whatever) along the lines of: “Sorry I can’t take your call because I’m out c Root b Broad going hard at a full-length out-swinger early doors because in Australia deliveries don’t tend to deviate a massive amount even early doors and you can play through the line and go hard at the red rock and smite it through the covers and it’s only bounce you have to worry about and you don’t worry about that much because its likely to be consistent because Australian wickets are all so ‘good’”? Continue reading... Mitchell Johnson leads Australia off the field during day two of the fourth Test at Trent Bridge. Not long after the Ashes were lost.
- Three possible Australia line-ups to take the field in the first Test in Bangladesh | Russell Jackson
With Michael Clarke walking away and a host of changes expected to be made in the wake of the Ashes debacle, what will the new-look Australia XI look like? Related: Ashes 2015: Darren Lehmann backs Steve Smith to step up for Australia The first thing to consider when assessing Australia’s likely squad for the upcoming two-Test tour of Bangladesh is that the hosts have won only four of their 51 home Tests so far, drawing 12 and losing 35. As slippery as Bangladesh can be on their day and as bad as things have become for Australia on this England tour, whatever Steve Smith-captained XI takes the field at Chittagong in a month’s time will fancy its chances of a rebound series win. Continue reading... Amid all the uncertainty, it seems that Steve Smith’s elevation to captain in the post-Clarke era is nailed on.
- Michael Clarke's dramatic gesture after Ashes defeat makes perfect sense | Russell Jackson
There should have been little surprise when Australia’s captain announced his retirement, given his propensity to retain control in the most dire of situations Related: Michael Clarke announces Test retirement after Ashes series defeat Not every great batsman has a moment that signals their terminal decline as a player but many do. One can’t think of the final days of Ricky Ponting’s Test career without that tragi-comic and undignified face-plant after he’d been bowled by Jacques Kallis at Adelaide in 2012, a sequence of events so out of step with the authoritative demeanour Ponting had always projected at opponents that at first you assumed Kallis must have bowled the yorker of the century. He hadn’t. It wasn’t even a yorker at all, in fact. Continue reading... Michael Clarke will play his final Test match at the Oval next week, and who could bet against him orchestrating himself some grand farewell?
- Australia must make sure good comes out of crushing Ashes defeat
The Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has to find the balance between winning games and investing in players who can take Australia forward long term After a defeat like the one suffered at Trent Bridge , Australian cricket will be doing some soul-searching. While being bowled out for 60 on the first morning of a Test match is frankly unacceptable, if mistakes are acknowledged and lessons are learned then good can come out of it. But firstly, congratulations to Alastair Cook’s England side. For an Aussie, seeing the Ashes snatched back hurts badly but it is no secret that, as head coach at Yorkshire, I have had a foot in both camps this summer and seeing a number of our players enjoy success has been satisfying on a personal level. Continue reading... Michael Clarke talks to coach Darren Lehmann on the Australia balcony as the Ashes slips from their grasp.
- England can look ahead and Adil Rashid could come in at The Oval | Mike Selvey
Alastair Cook’s team completed a remarkable recovery at Trent Bridge to retain the Ashes but now is the time to look to the future and spin bowling options So now we know. The telling punches were landed by England at Edgbaston after they got up from the Lord’s canvas, and the mortal blows followed at Nottingham . In effect the series had been won by the time, midway through the second over of the fourth Test, Michael Clarke found himself not just strapping the pads on at No5 but taking guard with his team’s innings already in tatters. Before the match this correspondent wondered and doubted whether Australia would be able to pick themselves up a second time and come back at England, and it now appears that all their mental energy went into the win at Lord’s . The remarkable thing is how England managed to turn things round from that and, if Paul Farbrace should take a whole heap of credit for loosening the stays on his team when he was in charge during the early part of the season, it is here that Trevor Bayliss, unobtrusive but clearly a massive influence along with Alastair Cook, has begun to earn his corn. Continue reading... Adil Rashid has been part of England’s Test match squad for most of the summer and could get his chance in the fifth Test at The Oval. Photograph: Richard Sellers/Getty ImagesAdil Rashid has been part of England’s Test match squad for most of the summer and could get his chance in the fifth Test at The Oval. Photograph: Richard Sellers/Getty Images
- Australia’s top order faces cull as young hopefuls prepare to step up | Russell Jackson
The recent Ashes capitulations mean that none of the Australian batsmen can feel assured of selection, but who is waiting back home to take their places? For so long now Australia’s cricketers have been able to scan a map of the world and proudly thumb the distant locations they’ve conquered like swashbuckling explorers – that 75-year stranglehold at Lord’s, 1995 and the pitch-invading ecstasy at Sabina Park, Jamaica. In light of the expanding list of destinations and team totals now associated with dreadful batting collapses, perhaps that sporting atlas should also feature trigger warnings for Australian fans. Look, there’s Cape Town 47. Ah, Leeds 88, you really snuck up on us there. Melbourne 98? Painful to stumble across you again. Australia posted 301-0 on day one of the Trent Bridge Test in 1989. Now it’s forever stained by the number 60. Glancing at your watch at 8:15am might hurt for a while, too. Continue reading... David Warner is one of the few Australian batsmen who is likely to retain his place in the side following defeat in the Ashes. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty ImagesDavid Warner is one of the few Australian batsmen who is likely to retain his place in the side following defeat in the Ashes. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
- Michael Clarke might not have known it was over but those watching did | Andy Bull
Australia’s beleaguered captain tried to be positive right to the end of this Ashes Test, but in the end he had no choice but to offer his resignation Half past four, Friday afternoon. An edge to slip, a catch, the start of the slow walk back to the pavilion. MJ Clarke c Bell b Wood 13. It will not be his last Test innings, since the selectors have indulged his desire to lead Australia in one more Test at The Kia Oval. But it was the one that changed his mind. The day before this Test started, Clarke had said “I’m not retiring”. The night before it ended, he decided he was going to do exactly that. “I tried to be as positive as I possibly could right to the end,” he said after play. “For the team’s sake and for my sake as well. I wanted to give myself and the team every opportunity to come out and play well in this Test match.” When they failed he found, all of a sudden, that he felt it was time to go. Continue reading...
- Swift Ashes victory heralds exciting times for England’s young players | Mike Selvey
Mark Wood and Ben Stokes revel in the victory celebrations and provide hope for the future after dealing the final blows to an ailing Australian side “If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it were done quickly,” spoke Macbeth. At Trent Bridge, the end was indeed swift, the assassination of an Australian team that had arrived full of bluster and proved to be a lot of hot air. Inside four overs, the first wicket had been taken and 20 minutes before even the first drinks break on the third day Nathan Lyon’s stumps were flattened and the match and the Ashes were a done deal. There was no real resistance. Related: Ashes 2015: England regain urn after resounding innings triumph Continue reading... Alastair Cook and his England team celebrate their Ashes triumph.
- England’s weird and wonderful Ashes triumph has reset our expectations | Emma John
Stuart Broad’s spell at Trent Bridge caught many of us off guard but it was so astonishing it that we’ll forever remember where we were when it happened There was a moment, a week ago, when some of us said this series couldn’t get any weirder. We had already had Australia’s whopping comeback victory at Lord’s, which involved one of the world’s least-convincing-looking batsmen stockpiling 273 runs, and Ben Stokes managing to make both a hero and a prat of himself in 24 hours. Now we had witnessed Steven Finn’s miraculous return/Australia’s incomprehensible collapse – delete as appropriate – and another game had finished before tea on the third day. If this Ashes had any bigger surprises to come, they would probably have to involve extra-terrestrial pitch invasions, or David Warner joining an ashram. W e were wrong . What happened on the first morning at Trent Bridge was so unexpected that I doubt many people actually saw it at all. That evening, bars will have been filled with people telling stories of where they had been when Stuart Broad ripped the innards from Australia’s batting card. In an 11am meeting, scheduled by an unthinking American; scrolling through our phones, convinced, from the score, that our apps were malfunctioning. One friend of mine had invited someone round for coffee; his guest arrived at 11.10am, and left 10 minutes later, when my friend admitted he couldn’t listen to them and the radio at the same time. Continue reading... Stuart Broad shows his disbelief at Ben Stokes’s catch to dismiss Adam Voges on day one. It’s been that kind of Ashes series.Stuart Broad shows his disbelief at Ben Stokes’s catch to dismiss Adam Voges on day one. It’s been that kind of Ashes series.
- England’s Ben Stokes comes to Ashes party after fitful early series
The all-rounder was having an underwhelming series with the ball but two superb spells ripped the heart out of Australia’s second innings at Trent Bridge By five o’clock the sun had disappeared back behind the clouds, so the last rites of another Australian defeat played out in fading light. Their openers, Chris Rogers and David Warner, had held the loss at bay through the sunlit afternoon until Ben Stokes broke their stand and the back of the innings in the first of two superb spells of swing bowling. Stokes claimed the second day of the Test as his own, almost as surely as Stuart Broad had done the first. He finished it with figures of five for 35, his best bowling for England since the six for 99 he took at Sydney early last year. This is only his 15th Test but he is now one of a handful of English players, eight in all, who have scored two Test centuries and also taken two five-wicket hauls. The most recent of them was Andrew Flintoff and the one before that Ian Botham. Continue reading... Ben Stokes celebrates with Stuart Broad and Steven Finn after dismissing Mitchell Johnson to complete his five-wicket haul.Ben Stokes celebrates with Stuart Broad and Steven Finn after dismissing Mitchell Johnson to complete his five-wicket haul.
- England’s Root and Australia’s Smith join catch-of-the-match race | Ali Martin
Day two of the Trent Bridge Ashes Test saw two more stunning holds to rival that of Ben Stokes on the opening morning After Ben Stokes held that catch on the first morning of the fourth Test – the diving one-handed pluck at the edge of the slip cordon that left Stuart Broad in wide-eyed shock at his good fortune – three men tried to recreate it on day two. It will come as no surprise to learn that out of Nasser Hussain, Steve Smith and Joe Root it was the former Test captain in a slip-catching demonstration for Sky Sports before play – rather than the two future ones out in the middle – who was unsuccessful. Hussain’s was a valiant effort for a 47-year-old whose fingers seemed to break every second Test match during his playing career. The England fielding coach, Chris Taylor, fed the ball to professional nicker and team manager Phil Neale and, flying low to his right, he just failed to hang on. Continue reading... Joe Root dives to catch Chris Rogers to break Australia’s opening partnership.Joe Root dives to catch Chris Rogers to break Australia’s opening partnership.
- How England let the gremlins creep in for a while against Australia | Vic Marks
Victory is so coveted in the Ashes that strange things can happen and a ridiculous tension set in as fast bowlers overstepped and catches were dropped It is 3.10pm and for the first time in the match England are getting twitchy. Australia are 97-0 from 22 overs but there really is no need to panic. The tourists still trail by 234. But there are buts. This matters; for a start there are two years of bragging rights at stake. This is the Ashes and England have been in such a preposterously good position since Stuart Broad’s nine-over spell on Thursday morning that it has been barely possible to contemplate anything other than a glorious English win. Continue reading... England's Mark Wood, centre, is downcast after his delivery that claimed the wicket of Chris Rogers was called a no-ball at Trent Bridge. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty ImagesEngland's Mark Wood, centre, is downcast after his delivery that claimed the wicket of Chris Rogers was called a no-ball at Trent Bridge. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
- Down by the sea cricket shows its innocent, more wholesome side | Tanya Aldred
On the sand, with plastic bats and interfering dogs, the game is played for fun by all generations, something ECB wants to encourage everywhere Out on the mustard sand, down by the nippy waters of the Solent, a family have gathered. Five children, maybe six, dart about and a pocketful of adults of varying vintages. It is just after six in the afternoon and the light is mellowing. The loveliest time of the day. The group are playing cricket. No stumps – sensibly – always a waste of time trying to persuade them to stand up, the seawall serves as one wicket and a hoodie the other. Continue reading... Seaside grounds such as Scarborough have always allowed spectators to get within touching distance of the players
- England's Ashes heroes draw each other – in pictures
England’s Ashes Heroes of 2015 and 2005 draw pictures of each other to help raise finds for charity England’s Ashes Heroes past and present have swapped their bats for pens to raise funds for the Cricket United charity appeal. The current England squad have penned portraits of the 2005 Ashes winning squad, who have returned the favour. Cricket United is a joint fundraising appeal by the Lord’s Taverners, Chance to Shine and the PCA Benevolent Fund which aims to improve lives through cricket. The charities are asking cricket fans to help turn the Kia Oval blue again on Cricket United Day, 22 August, the third day of the fifth Ashes Test between England and Australia. The drawings are being auctioned off on eBay to raise funds for Cricket United. Supporters can bid for them by visiting bit.ly/CUAshesPortraits . The auction is open until 7pm Sunday 23 August. Continue reading...
- Ashes 2015: England v Australia, fourth Test – in pictures
The Guardian photographer Tom Jenkins was at Trent Bridge to see England beat Australia to win the Ashes Ashes first Test: England v Australia – in pictures Ashes second Test: England v Australia – in pictures Ashes third Test: England v Australia – in pictures Continue reading...
- Trump, banks and cricket: reputations crumble into ashes
Chris Riddell on the Republican primary debate, the RBS share sell-off and the Australian cricket team’s humiliation Continue reading...
- The 20 photographs of the week
The migrant crisis in Europe, Stuart Broad at the Ashes, the wildfires in California – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week Continue reading...
- Ashes third Test: England v Australia – in pictures
All the best images from Edgbaston as England beat Australia by eight wickets to take a 2-1 lead in the series Ashes first Test: England v Australia – in pictures Ashes second Test: England v Australia – in pictures Continue reading...
- Ashes second Test: England v Australia – in pictures
All the best images from Lord’s as Australia record beat England by the biggest margin since 1948. In fact it’s the ninth biggest win by runs in Test history! Ashes first Test: England v Australia – in pictures Continue reading...
- Ashes first Test: England v Australia – in pictures
Editing a selection from more than 4000 images was not an easy task, the initial edit from the four days realised 100 great shots of fantastic action and emotion as England beat Australia in the first Test. Here’s the final edit for you to relive those moments. Continue reading...
- Eyewitness: Juggling catches at the first Ashes Test
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- Sport picture of the day: a bird's eye view of the Ashes
It’s more of a robin’s eye view than that of an emu as England and Australia do battle at the Swalec Stadium on the second day of the first Test of the 2015 Ashes Series Continue reading... An elevated general view of the ground, shot with a wide angle lens, during day two of the first Ashes Test match between England and Australia at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff.An elevated general view of the ground, shot with a wide angle lens, during day two of the first Ashes Test match between England and Australia at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff.
- Sport picture of the day: close but no cigar
Craig Overton of Somerset has a lucky escape as Matthew Hobden of Sussex fails to hold onto a diving catch at mid off during day three of the LV County Championship match between Somerset and Sussex. Overton went on to make 53 not out as Somerset made 274 in their first innings Continue reading...