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Smith and Root face off in Bodyline battle

Austrlaia skipper Steve Smith and England counterpart Joe Root were locked in a fascinating tactical showdown when the first Ashes Test was in the balance.

Khawaja must fix 'technical flaw': Ponting

Usman Khawaja's struggles against spin can be stopped if he fixes a "technical flaw" in his game, former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting says.

Steve Smith on Anderson and Broad

Australia captain Steve Smith analysed the games of England quicks James Anderson and Stuart Broad ahead of the Magellan Ashes series

Buttler to warm up with Thunder

England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler will start the Big Bash season with the Sydney Thunder before joining his country's one-day squad.

Poms to face plenty more bouncers in Ashes

Mitchell Starc says he can't wait to see how England's batsmen negotiate a short-pitched salvo on a pitch offering more bounce than the first-Test wicket.

Glenn Maxwell turns corner with double ton    

Glenn Maxwell has spent the past year focusing on his defence and it has paid dividends with his maiden first-class century against NSW in the Sheffield Shield.

Marsh leads way for WA in Shield

Western Australia are in control at 7-356 at stumps on day one of their Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland in Perth.

Shaun Marsh in form of his life: Lyon    

Shaun Marsh's unbeaten 44 helped rescued Australia from the brink of Ashes disaster, capping off a topsy-turvy day for the divisive batsman.

Stick with Khawaja on all surfaces for a top No.3 - Warne

Usman Khawaja of Australia bats during day two of the First Test Match of the 2017/18 Ashes Series. November 24, 2017.

According to Shane Warne, Usman Khawaja is capable of mastering spin and emulating Ricky Ponting if the selectors stick with him at No.3 on all surfaces.

Smith and Marsh's best Test partnerships    

Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh have played some of their best Test cricket alongside each other.

Snapshot for day two of first Ashes Test

A snapshot of day two of the first Ashes Test between Australia and England at the Gabba.

Ashes villain Broad cops it in first Test    

England's Stuart Broad has been ducking for cover on and off the field after revelling in his role as Ashes villain on day two of the first Test in Brisbane.

Stick with Khawaja on all surfaces: Warne    

Shane Warne says Usman Khawaja could emulate Ricky Ponting and finally master spin if selectors stick with him at No.3 on all surfaces.

No love lost for Ashes villain Anderson    

There was no love lost for James Anderson when the England quick returned to the scene of one of the Ashes's most infamous moments at the Gabba on Friday.

Mitch Marsh standing tall in Shield for WA    

Western Australia are 3-220 at tea in their Sheffield Shield clash against Queensland at the WACA Ground.

Bird is the words for Tasmania in Shield    

Tasmanian fast bowler Jackson Bird has staked a claim for a spot in the Adelaide Test after his five-wicket haul left South Australia's top order in tatters.

Aussies reach 4-165 after England post 302

Australia have dismissed England for 302 to then reach 4-165 at stumps on day two of the first Test in Brisbane, where Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh have starred.

Method to Lyon's sledging madness

Nathan Lyon has explained the reasoning behind his pre-Ashes sledging, saying he had wanted to take the heat off recalled Tim Paine and rookie Cameron Bancroft.

Sutherland OK with left-field Test XI    

Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland is confident selectors made the right calls for the Ashes opener, even if it meant they weren't the obvious calls.

Starc fielding mishap a scare for Aussies    

Mitchell Starc has suffered a cut leg after a fielding mishap on day two of the Ashes Test, but the spearhead is back in the field at the Gabba.

Maxwell double ton maintains Ashes hopes

Australian selectors told Glenn Maxwell to go back and make Sheffield Shield centuries, and he did that with an unbeaten on 213 against NSW.

Vince on song for England at Gabba

England No.3 James Vince enjoyed life on the other side of the rope as he made hay with 83 on day one of the first Test in Brisbane.

Juicy Gabba deck not on show in Ashes Test    

Australian quick Pat Cummins has warned that the fiery Gabba deck expected from the outset won't be on show at the first Ashes Test until at least day three.

No-name Vince sends Hayden a message    

England batsman James Vince has notched his highest Test score in a terrific Ashes debut at the Gabba.

Snapshot for day one of first Ashes Test

A snapshot of the opening day of the first Ashes Test between Australia and England at the Gabba.

Future uncertain for Cook after Ashes failure

Alastair Cook of England looks dejected after being dismissed by Mitchell Starc of Australia during day one of the First Test at the Gabba. November 23, 2017

After falling cheaply at the Gabba on Thursday, England’s ex-captain Alastair Cook’s future at the Ashes seem to hang in the balance early in the series.

Vince convinces despite Lyon Ashes run-out    

England batsman James Vince has notched his highest Test score in a terrific Ashes debut at the Gabba.

Recalled Paine fluffs lines on Ashes stage    

Tim Paine has realised his worst nightmare in his shock comeback, spilling a chance off cult hero Nathan Lyon in the first Ashes Test.

Pay dispute in the past as Ashes start

Fears of the Ashes being affected loomed large during this year's ugly pay dispute but they proved ill-founded.

My back will never heal fully: Behrendorff    

West Australian paceman Jason Behrendorff says he still has his sights set on Test cricket despite being plagued in recent years by back injuries.

Shaun Marsh needed jab to dull back injury    

Shaun Marsh required a pain-killing injection to play in the first Ashes Test against England after suffering from a sore back this week.

Ashes future not bright after Cook failure    

The Ashes future doesn't look bright for ex-captain Alastair Cook after he fell cheaply early during the first Test in Brisbane.

Sayers prime for second Ashes Test debut

Chadd Sayers of South Australia bowls during the Sheffield Shield match between Western Australia and South Australia. November 15, 2017.

South Australian veteran seamer Chadd Sayers is lined up to debut in the second Ashes Test at Adelaide after being retained in Australia's squad despite missing a place in the series opener at Brisbane.

Tigers flounder despite Doran heroics

South Australia have ended day one with a firm grip on their Sheffield Shield clash against Tasmania in Adelaide despite a resilient knock from Jake Doran.

Sayers firms for Adelaide Ashes debut

South Australia veteran seamer Chadd Sayers is firming to make his baggy green debut at his hometown Adelaide in the second Ashes Test.

Aussie quicks 'too nice' at Gabba: Warne

Shane Warne believes Australia's much-touted pace trio has been 'too nice' to England on the opening day of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Batting poser for NSW cricket captain

NSW have a pleasant dilemma regarding team selection ahead of Friday's Sheffield Shield match against Victoria.

Maxwell's Test career back on hold    

Glenn Maxwell will depart Brisbane to resume Sheffield Shield duties after Australia's two Ashes injury worries were cleared on Thursday.

Tasmania bat first in Shield against SA    

Legspinner Adam Zampa is a notable inclusion for South Australia in their Sheffield Shield match against bottom side Tasmania in Adelaide.

I'll be watching, Stokes tells England    

Vice-captain Ben Stokes has given a message of support for his England teammates ahead of the first Ashes Test, starting Thursday morning.

Root unfazed by daunting Gabba record    

England captain Joe Root believes Australia will find it hard to recover if their daunting Gabba streak is shattered in the first Ashes Test.

It feels like I never left: Khawaja    

Australian No.3 Usman Khawaja says it feels like he never left the national side after being recalled for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Smith to help Aussie quicks unleash beast

Australian captain Steve Smith will overcome his reluctance to bowl himself to help his pack attack unleash the beast this Ashes series.

Pat delivers and Lyon roars, England 4-196

England have reached 4-196 at stumps on day one of the first Ashes Test, with Pat Cummins grabbing two key wickets for Australia.

Jake Ball to play, England name Ashes XI    

England have confirmed their XI for the Ashes opener, with paceman Jake Ball selected ahead of fellow quick Craig Overton.

Much-anticipated Ashes almost here

A rundown of Ashes facts and figures ahead of the start of the the five-Test series between Australia and England.

2017-18 ASHES SERIES - 1st TEST @ The Gabba

The Ashes

It might be too much to ask for anything like the 2005 Ashes series.

Root says no Stokes, no problem for Ashes    

Joe Root insists England are not sweating on Ben Stokes' rumoured arrival, saying his squad are more than capable of defending the Ashes without him.

Smith sees funny side of DRS controversy    

Australian skipper Steve Smith can now see the funny side of his infamous Decision Review System controversy in India ahead of the Ashes series.

Ponting predicts Ashes thumping    

Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting says England should brace for another Ashes whitewash when the five-Test series starts in Brisbane on Thursday.

Aussie quicks more scary than Mitch: Smith    

Australian captain Steve Smith has warned his pace attack are more nasty than Mitchell Johnson ahead of the Ashes opener in Brisbane.

Smith, players miffed by selections: Cowan    

The shock decisions to include Shaun Marsh and Tim Paine in Australia's Ashes side would have surprised captain Steve Smith, according to Ed Cowan.

Bird tipped to play for Tigers in Shield    

Jackson Bird is expected to be released from Australia's Ashes squad to play for Tasmania against South Australia in the Sheffield Shield.

Broad and Anderson's memorable moments    

James Anderson and Stuart Broad have played a big role in England winning three of the past four Ashes series.

Lyon's niggle is bizarre, irrelevant: Root

England captain Joe Root says Australian offspinner Nathan Lyon's colourful comments on the eve of the Ashes are irrelevant.

What makes England's pace pairing tick?    

Few Englishmen will have as big a say in the result of the Ashes as veteran pacemen Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad.

Vics wary of second-string NSW in Shield

Victoria stand-in captain Aaron Finch says it would be foolish to underestimate a weakened NSW in the Sheffield Shield.

Voges details Test debutant's desperation

Adam Voges has revealed just how much of an intense perfectionist Test debutant Cameron Bancroft is.

Sydney Thunder sign Ferguson for BBL

One-Test batsman Callum Ferguson has linked with the Sydney Thunder on a three-year Big Bash League deal.

Aussies out to boost Test ranking in Ashes

Australia currently sit fifth on the International Cricket Council's Test rankings but could rise above England and claim third spot if they win the Ashes.

Key questions of the Ashes series

Five key questions about the Ashes series

Maxwell flown in, niggles cloud Aussie XI

David Warner's sore neck and a Shaun Marsh back issue have clouded Australia's XI for the Ashes opener, with Glenn Maxwell flown to Brisbane as cover.

No panic for Aussies amid another T20 loss

Australian coach Matthew Mott has rued missed opportunities in his side's loss in the Twenty20 series of the women's Ashes, but downplayed the result.

Key battles in the Ashes series

Some of the key battles in the Ashes.

Aussies to target England's Ali in Ashes

Peter Handscomb has declared Australia's batting line-up will target England allrounder Moeen Ali and look to 'milk' his offspin for runs.

Nathan Lyon embarrassed himself: Prior    

Former England keeper Matt Prior says Nathan Lyon needs to make sure it isn't his career that ends this summer, adding the offspinner has embarrassed himself.

England chase record total in Ashes finale

England have chased down a record total in women's Twenty20 internationals of 178 to claim victory over Australia in the final match of the Ashes in Canberra.

Bancroft no longer has baggy-green blues    

Cameron Bancroft has explained his career-best form, saying he has finally managed to stop stressing about his desperate desire to don the baggy green.

Handscomb set for Barmy Army Ashes banter    

Peter Handscomb, the Australian batsman who is the son of two English parents, can't wait to see what the Barmy Army has in store for him in the Ashes opener.

Sore Warner insists he'll play Gabba Test    

A sore neck has interrupted David Warner's preparation for the first Ashes Test but the Australian vice-captain says he will be fit for day one at the Gabba.

Finch in charge as Vics look for first win    

Australian ODI batsman Aaron Finch will fill in for Victoria skipper Peter Handscomb as the Bushrangers look for their first Sheffield Shield win.

Stokes talk no distraction for England    

Murmurs that Ben Stokes might soon fly to Australia are being ignored by the English team, who have "pretty much accepted" he won't play in the Ashes series.

Lyon talk    

Former England skipper Alastair Cook says reminders about the havoc wreaked by Mitchell Johnson four years ago is "irrelevant".

Warner's Aust opening partners in Tests

Australia's vice captain David Warner has had a number of partners selected to open the batting with him in Test cricket.

Ashes series to pit mate against mate    

It's hard to imagine a previous Ashes series which has featured so many coaches and players from both sides with strong links to the opposition.

Women can inspire men's Ashes bid    

The successful Ashes campaign of the Australian women's cricket team should inspire the men's side, according to former captain Michael Clarke.

Sore Warner insists he will play at Gabba    

A sore neck has interrupted David Warner's preparation for the first Ashes Test but the Australia vice-captain says he will be fit for day one at the Gabba.

Aussies want to end careers of Poms: Lyon    

Spinner Nathan Lyon hopes Australia don't just win the Ashes but end the Test careers of some Englishmen in the process.

'Nice Garry' won't come naturally: Paine    

Australian wicketkeeper Tim Paine admits the "Nice Garry" catch cry behind the stumps to spinner Nathan Lyon hasn't come naturally before his shock Test recall.

Longest undefeated Test streaks by venue

Australia's record at the Gabba is second only to Pakistan more than 40 years ago on a list of longest undefeated Test streaks by venue.

Gabba record on England's mind: Hazlewood    

Australia's Gabba record will provide a psychological advantage ahead of the Ashes Test series starting on Thursday, Josh Hazlewood says.

Hazlewood out to prove Ashes point    

Australian quick Josh Hazlewood feels he has a point to prove this Ashes series despite being rated as the world's best fast bowler by teammate Nathan Lyon.

Ashes allrounder a requirement - Clarke

Michael Clarke addresses the media in Watford England. June 21, 2015

According to former Captain Michael Clarke it will be beneficial to have a No. 6 Ashes allrounder in the team to take some of the heat off their main bowling attack.

Mitch Marsh returns to bowling after surgery

Mitch Marsh of the Warriors bowls against New South Wales. October 10, 2015 Sydney Australia.

WA skipper Mitch Marsh will return to competitive bowling after nine months since undergoing shoulder reconstruction in a bid to reignite his stalled Test career.

Paine wants to re-write hard luck story    

Tim Paine says he doesn't want to be remembered as a selection surprise or for the pins in his finger, vowing to remain as Australian wicketkeeper.

Johnson tales fire up Aussies for Ashes    

Australia have put England on notice to expect some heat in the Ashes opener, with the hosts fired up after hearing tales of Mitchell Johnson's 2013-14 magic.

Mitch Marsh ready to return to bowling    

WA skipper Mitch Marsh says it has been a frustrating nine months not being able to bowl, but he has used the time to improve his batting.

Ashes allrounder worth the risk: Clarke    

Michael Clarke says he would have taken an Ashes selection punt on an allrounder at No.6 for Australia to take some heat off their bowling stocks.

Cummins finally ready for first home Test    

After six long years, Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins has finally come to grips with the prospect of playing a Test at home.

Cricket the first sport at new WA stadium

The new Optus Stadium in Perth will host the one-day international cricket match between Australia and England in late January.

Penpix of England's Ashes Test team

A look at England's squad ahead of the first Ashes Test against Australia in Brisbane starting Thursday.

Penpix of Australia's Ashes Test team

A look at Australia's team ahead of the first Ashes Test against England in Brisbane starting Thursday.

SA uncertain on Sayers for Shield game    

South Australia have yet to be told if Chadd Sayers will be released from Australia's Ashes squad in time for the Sheffield Shield game against Tasmania.

Boof, Sutherland both proud cricket dads    

James Sutherland and Darren Lehmann are two of the most powerful men in Australian cricket - and they both have children who are very talented at the sport.

Cummins' path of pain to first home Test    

Pat Cummins is set to finally put six summers of injuries and rehabilitation behind him when he plays in his first home Test against England at the Gabba.

England face tough Ashes calls: Bairstow    

Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow claims England face a selection dilemma ahead of this week's Ashes opener with a full-strength squad to choose from.

Part-timers in Australia's Ashes XI

Steve Smith is the obvious fifth bowling option in an Australian XI lacking an allrounder.

Reluctant Smith to bowl in Ashes: Lehmann    

Skipper Steve Smith has focused on his batting since returning to the Test XI in 2013 but his reluctance to bowl may need to change during the Ashes.

Mum's mid-air nightmare for Sangha century    

Teenager Jason Sangha broke records with his incredible century against England while his mum spent three hours in the air agonising over the nervous nineties.

Aussies collapse in women's Ashes T20 loss    

Australia's batting line-up crumbled in pursuit of a modest target to lose the second women's Ashes Twenty20 clash to England by 40 runs in Canberra.

Lehmann not bothered by Stokes Ashes saga    

Australia coach Darren Lehmann has planned for the prospect of England's Ben Stokes featuring in the Ashes but he is no clearer about whether it will happen.

England rookies set on familiar pitches    

Mark Stoneman and Dawid Malan are the least experienced members of England's top six, but have been the most comfortable batsmen on Australia so far this tour.

Coach details how Proteas defeated Aussies    

Former South Africa coach Russell Domingo has, on the eve of the Ashes, given a frank insight into how his side upset Australia in Perth and Hobart last year.

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England's recent Test woes at the Gabba

The Gabba hasn't been a happy hunting ground for visiting Test teams since 1988 - and England are no exception.

Nasser Hussain hammers Aussie selections    

Former England captain Nasser Hussain says Australia's selectors have helped the visitors' quest to retain the Ashes with some bold calls in their XI.

England vow to fight Aussie fire with fire    

England coach Trevor Bayliss says he won't let Australia's Ashes aggression get the better of his team at the Gabba, vowing to match it with the hosts.

Aussie rookie bats smash England bowlers    

Jason Sangha and Matt Short are yet to play Sheffield Shield cricket, but they have torn England apart with a 263-run partnership for the Cricket Australia XI.

Women's Ashes retained, Aussies want more    

Spearhead Megan Schutt says Australia's failed one-day World Cup campaign and recent Twenty20 form mean they're desperate to finish England off in the Ashes.

England's horror end to Ashes preparations    

England have taken just one wicket on their final day of preparations for the Ashes, with 18-year-old Jason Sangha's century for a CA XI rewriting record books.

Rain at Gabba, traditional pitch forecast

The Gabba pitch could potentially look a touch greener than normal in the Ashes opener, but the curator isn't forecasting any surprises in how it plays.

Hazlewood primed to fire in Ashes opener    

Josh Hazlewood is the most underdone member of Australia's bowling attack but Shaun Marsh and bowling coach David Saker agree he is already back to his best.

England's woes as Aussies break records    

England took just one wicket on their final day of preparations for the Ashes, as 18-year-old Jason Sangha rewrote Australian record books with his century.

England not shocked by Paine selection    

Tim Paine is one of Australia's biggest Ashes bolters in decades but England assistant coach Paul Farbrace insists they aren't surprised by his recall.

No hard feelings from snubbed Ashes hero    

Beth Mooney has no hard feelings about being dropped earlier in the series before starring in Australia's Ashes-clinching T20 win over England.

Twenty20 may be cause of Test depth drain    

National chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns says there are a "lot of underperformers" with the bat and that Twenty20 cricket's rise may be to blame.

Shaun Marsh pips friend for Ashes berth    

WA batsman Shaun Marsh says he's determined to make the most of his latest Test call-up when he fronts up against England next week.

Contenders' failures helped Marsh: Taylor    

Former Australian captain Mark Taylor believes Test selectors reverted to Shaun Marsh after too few players showed form worthy of an Ashes berth.

Pants don't fit for Ashes-bound Bancroft    

WA opener Cameron Bancroft says he's thrilled after being selected in the Ashes squad to face England.

England get wake-up call in Townsville

England are seven wickets from a huge innings victory over a Cricket Australia XI but their coaches weren't happy with their Ashes preparations on day three.

Australia claim women's Ashes with T20 win    

Australia have clinched the women's Ashes, beating England by six wickets in the first Twenty20 match at North Sydney Oval.

England get good news on sidelined quicks    

England expect quick Jake Ball to be available for selection for next week's Ashes opener, less than a fortnight after he sprained his ankle in a warm-up match.

England's Ali finds rhythm in Townsville    

Moeen Ali has claimed two wickets on return from a side strain against a Cricket Australia XI in the visitors' last warm-up match before the Ashes.

Tim's pain worthwhile for shot at Ashes    

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine has been recalled to Australia's side for the Ashes having last played Test cricket in 2010.

Australia confused, England settled: Warne    

Shane Warne believes England are more settled than Australia based on the hosts' surprise selections for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Paine joins list of Aussie Ashes bolters

Tim Paine has been unveiled as one of Australia's biggest Ashes bolters in four decades after coming from obscurity to land the wicketkeeping role.

Marsh should give hope to over-30s: Hohns    

Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns and skipper Steve Smith say Shaun Marsh deserves his eighth Test recall.

Sayers' Test debut looms in Adelaide    

Chadd Sayers' chances of making a Test debut at hometown Adelaide have improved with Australia appearing to shelve their search for an allrounder.

England in late collapse against CA XI    

England have lost 5-38 late in their first innings to finish at 515 in their last warm-up match before the Ashes against an inexperienced Cricket Australia XI.

Renshaw to bounce back after Smith call    

Matthew Renshaw has vowed to reclaim his Test opening spot after being consoled by Australian captain Steve Smith over his Ashes axing.

The nine Test lives of batsman Shaun Marsh    

Shaun Marsh has played 23 Tests across eight chances as an Australian player, but will have a chance to add to that tally in his ninth life during the Ashes.

Australia's most divisive Ashes selections

The four selection debates that have divided Australian cricket.

Paine and Bancroft in Ashes Test squad

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine, debutant opener Cameron Bancroft and veteran batsman Shaun Marsh have been named in Australia's Ashes squad.

England say Cook will rise from Ashes    

Alastair Cook has the worst tour average of anyone in England's top order but his opening partner Mark Stoneman says that won't matter come the first Test.

Ashes axe to leave Wade's career on rocks    

Incumbent Test wicketkeeper Matthew Wade is set to be dropped for the Ashes with Tim Paine expected to earn a shock recall.

Wade admits Ashes axe could spell the end    

Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade fears his Test career will be over if he is dumped by Australian selectors for the Ashes.

England's bats take prep into own hands    

Four English batsmen have passed 50 against a Cricket Australia XI but they know they'll face a far stiffer test when the Ashes gets underway.

Rain denies Maxwell precious Shield runs    

Play has been abandoned in Victoria's Sheffield Shield clash with Tasmania, denying Glenn Maxwell precious time at the crease.

Bancroft expected to make Ashes Test debut    

Australia will soon unveil their XI for the first Test against England, with intrigue surrounding who will open, bat at No.6 and keep at the Gabba.

Cook, England find runs against CA rookies    

Alastair Cook has been dismissed for 70 but Mark Stoneman has scored England's first Ashes tour century, going to tea at 2-215, in reply to the CA XI's 250.

Sutherland cold on women's Test expansion    

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland says the women's game is unlikely to expand to include more Test cricket.

Rain thwarts Maxwell's bid for Shield runs    

Play is set to resume in Victoria's Sheffield Shield clash with Tasmania after rain denied Glenn Maxwell precious time at the crease.

Omens good for Lyon despite Smith serve

Offspinner Nathan Lyon is confident the omens are good ahead of the Ashes series despite copping a serve from Australia's Test skipper Steve Smith.

Khawaja confident Renshaw will fire    

Test hopeful Usman Khawaja is confident battling Australian opener Matt Renshaw will find form as national selectors mull over their Ashes squad.

Cook fighting for form for England    

Alastair Cook is 38 not out as England went to lunch at 0-102 in their final warm-up match ahead of the Ashes, in reply to Cricket Australia XI's 250.

Captain Mitch Marsh backs young WA attack    

WA skipper Mitch Marsh is confident his team's youthful bowling attack can lift the Warriors to victory against South Australia.

Weatherald twin tons lift SA to Shield win

Redbacks opener Jake Weatherald has scored two centuries to lift South Australia to their second Sheffield Shield win of the season.

Maxwell in the dark about Ashes prospects    

Glenn Maxwell says he has no idea whether he's done enough to bat at No.6 for Australia in the Ashes.

Renshaw has Australian team backing: Lyon    

Test spinner Nathan Lyon says battling opener Matthew Renshaw has the backing of the Australian team's inner sanctum in the lead-up to the Ashes series.

NSW claim six-wicket Shield win over Qld    

Nathan Lyon has admitted to burning toast and setting off a fire alarm, delaying NSW's push for victory over Queensland in their Sheffield Shield match.

Doolan's double could cost Maxwell, Wade    

Victoria have lost early wickets in their second innings after Tasmania had set them a target of 453 runs to win in their Sheffield Shield match at the MCG.

Women's bowler Cheatle suffers back blow    

Talented Australian quick Lauren Cheatle will be out of cricket until at least the end of the year with scans confirming the teenager has a lower back injury.

England breathe sigh of relief on Bairstow    

England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow has returned to the field after injuring his finger in the final warm-up game in Townsville before the Ashes.

Woakes stands up in place of Stokes    

Allrounder Chris Woakes has claimed 6-54 to leave an inexperienced Cricket Australia XI 9-249 after day one of the warm-up match.

NSW close in on Shield win over Qld    

NSW are just 18 runs shy of victory in their Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland in Brisbane.

Maxwell forced to wait as Tasmania stall    

Time may have run out for Glenn Maxwell's Ashes bid after Tasmania's batsmen dug in against Victoria in the Sheffield Shield.

Last-chance saloon for Wade in Shield    

Tasmania have continued to build an imposing lead over Victoria in the Sheffield Shield with Matthew Wade next due at the crease.

Woakes strikes twice for England    

Allrounder Chris Woakes claimed two Cricket Australia XI scalps before lunch to send the hosts to lunch at 2-83 after the first session of their tour match.

Slater loses faith in struggling Renshaw    

Former Australian Test opener Michael Slater believes Matt Renshaw should be dropped in favour of Cameron Bancroft for the Ashes opener.

I didn't throw Renshaw under bus: Langer

Western Australia coach Justin Langer was surprised to learn he was targeted by Brett Geeves in an online column written by the former ODI paceman.

Renshaw survives net session from hell

Battling Test opener Matt Renshaw has undergone a net session from hell in Brisbane to find some touch ahead of next week's Ashes opener.

Subcontinent tours changed me: Cummins    

Australian quick Pat Cummins says this year's gruelling subcontinent tours have finally forged him into a Test force ahead of the Ashes.

Qld's Khawaja all but seals Test recall    

Queensland captain Usman Khawaja reckons he is not thinking about an Ashes Test recall but he may soon have no choice after yet more Sheffield Shield runs.

Bat-pad Bancroft wields more than willow    

Cameron Bancroft is likely to field under the lid for Australia if selected for the Ashes opener but unlike many others there won't be a skerrick of reluctance.

Bancroft out for 17 as Redbacks fight back

Western Australian skipper Mitch Marsh has decided against enforcing the follow-on in the Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia in Perth.

England unfazed by soft Ashes preparations    

England's warm-up matches have been on slow pitches against understrength squads, but captain Joe Root says that won't hurt them come the first Ashes Test.

Nevill obvious 'keeper choice: Ponting    

Peter Nevill failed again for NSW in their Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland but ex-Test skipper Ricky Ponting says he is the obvious Test keeper choice.

Broken finger mended, O'Keefe eyes return    

Steve O'Keefe, who played six Tests for Australia this year, has recovered from a broken finger and is hoping to return to first-class cricket soon.

Bancroft's bumpy road to potential debut    

Potential Ashes debutant Cameron Bancroft is no longer the forgotten man of Australia's batting stocks.

Root tells Aussies to 'bring it on'    

Joe Root has taunted Australia to "bring it on" if they want to target him in the Ashes series, saying England are already prepared for the hosts' aggression.

WA's Bancroft has one foot in Ashes door    

WA opener Cameron Bancroft has boosted his Ashes hopes with a double century against South Australia at the WACA Ground.

Doolan raises bat as Tasmania dig in heels    

Tasmania have dug in to build a handy second-innings lead over Victoria after using a concussion substitute in the Sheffield Shield.

Qld's Renshaw fails again in Shield clash    

Test opener Matt Renshaw has failed again in Queensland's Sheffield Shield clash with NSW in Brisbane ahead of next week's Ashes opener.

England settled on batsmen, but want runs    

No England batsman has scored a century in either of the warm-up matches to start their Ashes tour, a fact captain Joe Root hopes changes in Townsville.

Maxwell should bat No.6 for Ashes: Hodge    

Former Australian Test batsman Brad Hodge says Glenn Maxwell should be given first crack at the No.6 spot for the Ashes.

Nevill fails for NSW in Shield clash    

Ashes wicketkeeper hopeful Peter Nevill has failed with the bat in NSW's Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland in Brisbane.

Dar, Erasmus chosen to umpire Ashes opener    

Umpires Aleem Dar and Marais Erasmus will be handed the responsibility of officiating the first Test between Australia and England.

Cummins wants to be Ashes enforcer

Pat Cummins says he would love to take over Mitchell Johnson's fast bowler enforcer role in the upcoming Ashes series.

Vics collapse, Tasmania ahead in Shield    

Victoria have suffered a dramatic batting collapse to hand Tasmania the first-innings advantage in their Sheffield Shield match.

Aley called into women's T20 squad    

NSW pace bowler Sarah Aley has been named in Australia's squad for the three Ashes Twenty20s against England.

Hodge extends BBL service with Renegades    

Veteran batsman Brad Hodge has signed with the Melbourne Renegades for the 2017-18 Big Bash League season.

Age will benefit Renegades in BBL: Hodge

Veteran batsman Brad Hodge has signed with the Melbourne Renegades for the 2017-18 Big Bash League season.

Kerry O'Keeffe urges Smith to bowl himself

Former legspinner Kerry O'Keeffe wants skipper Steve Smith to bowl himself more often throughout the Ashes.

Aussie quicks forced to hold back in nets    

Australia's quicks have been forced to hold back in the nets but Mitchell Starc says they won't be showing the same restraint in next week's first Ashes Test.

Renshaw out of luck not form: Khawaja    

Under-pressure Test opener Matthew Renshaw is out of luck, not form, according to his Queensland captain Usman Khawaja.

Ashes rivals must handle pressure: Bailey    

Matthew Wade's Ashes hopes and potentially his Test career hang by a thread after he again fell cheaply playing for Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield.

Fears over women's Twenty20 Ashes wicket    

England coach Mark Robinson is hoping a different North Sydney wicket is used for their must-win Ashes Twenty20 opener to the one used in the day-night Test.

Smith has a say but it's not final: Waugh    

The selection panel facing three big calls regarding Australia's XI for the first Ashes Test will listen to Steve Smith's opinion before making its own call.

England learn from Ashes tune-ups: Moeen

England's Moeeen Ali, who will play his first game on tour this week, says the visitors are learning from the reality checks they received in Ashes tune-ups.

Hazlewood newfound spark in Aussie phase attack- Starc

Josh Hazlewood of Australia bowls during the ICC Champions Trophy match between England and Australia June 10, 2017.

According to Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood is bound to be the newfound spark in Australia’s phase attack in the upcoming Ashes series.

Khawaja shining light for Qld in Shield

Usman Khawaja is not getting ahead of himself before the Ashes despite extending his stellar form in Queensland's Sheffield Shield clash with NSW in Brisbane.

Renshaw likely to remain in the Ashes XI

Matthew Renshaw of Australia bats during day three of the Australian Test Cricket inter squad match on August 16, 2017 in Darwin.

Matthew Renshaw is expected to be retained for the first Ashes test when the selectors meet on Wednesday to decide on their playing XI.

Selectors to pick Ashes XI on Wednesday    

Australia's selectors will meet on Wednesday to settle on their XI for the first Ashes Test, with Matthew Renshaw expected to be retained.

Hazlewood the Aussie pace spark: Starc    

Mitchell Starc believes Josh Hazlewood will be the spark for Australia's fast bowling attack in the upcoming Ashes series.

Bancroft continues to press Ashes claims

Western Australia's Cameron Bancroft is making a late case for an Ashes call-up with another classy Sheffield Shield knock.

Aussies out to maul Moeen: O'Keeffe    

Former Australia spinner Kerry O'Keeffe says England's Moeen Ali, who has recovered from a minor side strain, can expect to be targeted throughout the Ashes.

Mott lights fuse for women's Ashes T20s    

Australia women's coach Matthew Mott says England made an Ashes Test draw the most likely outcome after a slow first innings scoring rate.

NSW 3-83 v Qld stumps day one of Shield    

NSW have moved to 3-83 in reply to Queensland's 183 at stumps on day one of their Sheffield Shield clash in Brisbane on Monday.

Wade, Maxwell falter as Ashes fate looms

Ashes hopefuls Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell both fell cheaply on day one of Victoria's Sheffield Shield clash with Tasmania.

Women search for more Tests and fifth day

Sixty-three per cent of women's cricket Tests have ended in draws and Australia captain Rachael Haynes says it's time to introduce a fifth day.

England's patchy bats a concern: coach    

England coach Trevor Bayliss says he is concerned at the scratchy form of some of his batsmen so far on the Ashes tour.

Renshaw needs Shield runs: Warner admits    

Australia deputy David Warner admits Test opening partner Matt Renshaw is under pressure and needs to score Sheffield Shield runs.

Wade, Maxwell in final bid for Shield runs    

Matthew Wade could have one last chance to impress Test selectors when Tasmania face Victoria in the Sheffield Shield.

Stats show Perry is among all-time greats    

Ellyse Perry's record-breaking Ashes knock of 213 not out has further pushed the case that she is one of the greatest allrounders cricket has seen.

Perry ready to pile on pressure with ball    

England need to survive a tense final day of the pink-ball women's Ashes Test if they are to stay in the series after Ellyse Perry's record-breaking innings.

England deny Aussies in women's Ashes Test

Australia need only win one of the last three Twenty20s to retain the Ashes after their pink-ball Test against England ended in a draw.

Aussies to win tight Ashes series: Harris    

Cricket Australia XI coach Ryan Harris believes Australia will win the Ashes, despite his side copping a hammering from England in a tour game in Adelaide.

Cartwright vows to bounce back from pair    

WA's Hilton Cartwright knows he needs to post a big score against South Australia next week if he is to be picked as Australia's No.6 batsman for the Ashes.

Records tumble in women's Ashes Test    

Ellyse Perry's incredible innings of 213 not out meant the mark for Australia's highest Test score was one of several records to fall in the women's Ashes.

Perry's record-breaking Aussie dream    

Ellyse Perry has hit the highest score by an Australian woman in Test cricket, whacking an unbeaten 213 against England, with the hosts declaring at 9-448.

Perry's Test record edges Aussies to urn    

Ellyse Perry's 213, the highest Test score by an Australian woman, has the hosts on top of their Ashes encounter but England might hold out on the final day.

England batting is vulnerable: Harris    

England's batting has been described as vulnerable by Cricket Australia XI coach Ryan Harris.

England secure tour game win in Adelaide    

England have beaten a Cricket Australia XI by 192 runs in their tour game in Adelaide.

Poms draft new paceman into Ashes squad    

England have drafted another paceman into their Ashes squad after an injury to fast bowler Jake Ball.

Aussie women to rely on batting depth    

Australia's overqualified lower order will need to stand up and show their credentials as the crucial one-off Test of the women's Ashes hangs in the balance.

England's batting form not ideal: Anderson    

Vice-captain Jimmy Anderson says the form of England's batsmen isn't where it should be after another worrying early-tour collapse in Adelaide.

Perry adjusts best to keep Aussies in Test    

An unbeaten Ellyse Perry half-century has helped Australia to stumps at 5-177, in reply to England's 280, after day two of the women's day-night Ashes Test.

English pacemen strike back in tour game    

England's bowlers have struck back after the tourists suffered a batting collapse on Friday in their game against a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide.

England bats crash in Ashes tour game    

England's batsmen have crashed spectacularly against a Cricket Australia XI in the tour game at Adelaide Oval.

Cook's scratchy Ashes tour continues    

England stalwart Alastair Cook has been dismissed for 32 against a Cricket Australia XI in the tour game in Adelaide.

Perry half-century keeps Aussies alive    

Australia trail England by 103 with five first-innings wickets in hand after the second day of the women's pink-ball Ashes Test,=.

Handscomb feels for Wade under Ashes glare    

Australian Test teammate Peter Handscomb says wicketkeeper Matthew Wade is a better batsman than his recent record suggests.

England on top in women's Ashes Test    

Teenager Sophie Ecclestone claimed two wickets in the second session as Australia's women fell to 3-84 in the crucial women's Ashes Test.

Starc gets Aussie cricket captain moving    

Paceman Mitchell Starc had Australian captain Steve Smith hopping around in a fascinating net session at the SCG.

English bat braces for Ashes taunts    

England batsman Dawid Malan is bracing for taunts during the Ashes about his South African pedigree.

Hazlewood declares himself ready for Test    

Paceman Josh Hazlewood says he doesn't need to play another game before the first Ashes Test, despite having had just one first-class hitout.

Coulter-Nile injury opens door for Bird    

A back injury to Nathan Coulter-Nile has allowed Tasmania's Jackson Bird a clear path to play the role of Australia's fourth seamer this summer.

Gayle seeks to cash in on Sydney court win    

West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle has promised to tell all about his court experience in Sydney in a chequebook news interview.

Women take 'monumental' step: Perry    

Australian star Ellyse Perry says walking onto North Sydney Oval for the day-night Ashes Test was among the highlights of her career as the women's game surges.

Opening session to be key in women's Ashes    

Both Australia and England have identified day two's afternoon session as a vital one in their day-night Ashes Test at North Sydney Oval.

Brave faces from England as paceman hurt    

Jake Ball is the latest of England's fast-bowling barrage to suffer an injury scare just two weeks out from the first Test against Australia in Brisbane.

Langer backs Bancroft for double role    

Western Australia's Cameron Bancroft has the potential to be a long-term Test wicketkeeper-batsman for Australia according to Justin Langer.

English paceman Ball injured in tour game    

England paceman Jake Ball has sprained an ankle while bowling against a Cricket Australia XI in the tour game in Adelaide.

England paceman sprains ankle in tour game    

England paceman Jake Ball has sprained an ankle while bowling against a Cricket Australia XI in a tour game in Adelaide.

English 'keeper relates to Aussie battle    

England's wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow says he can relate to the battle to take the gloves for Australia in the Ashes series.

English paceman injured in tour game    

England paceman Jake Ball has suffered a suspected ankle injury while bowling against a Cricket Australia XI in the tour game in Adelaide.

Every Aussie bowler to target Root: Lyon    

Offspinner Nathan Lyon says every Australian bowler will target England captain Joe Root in the five-Test Ashes series.

Hazlewood's 43 overs enough for Ashes    

Josh Hazlewood has been pulled out of next week's round of Sheffield Shield matches, and will be joined by Jackson Bird in training for the Ashes.

I'm no Ashes X-factor, Maxwell declares    

Glenn Maxwell says his case for Ashes selection will rest on his improved defensive batting rather than his renowned attacking ability.

England lament soft wickets in tour game

England's batsmen are lamenting sloppy dismissals in their tour game against a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide.

Embarrassed Perry puts Aussie women on top

England went to stumps at 7-235 on the first day of the pink-ball women's Ashes Test, after Ellyse Perry took a freakish caught-and-bowled late in the evening.

WA's Bancroft in Ashes wicketkeeper mix    

WA batsman Cameron Bancroft has joined Alex Carey, Peter Nevill and Matthew Wade in a four-way battle to become Australia's Test wicketkeeper.

England captain gets half-ton in tour game    

England captain Joe Root and two teammates made half-centuries against a Cricket Australia XI on day one of the tour game at Adelaide Oval.

England's Cook fails again in tour game    

England opener Alastair Cook has been dismissed cheaply in the opening session of a four-day tour game against a Cricket Australia XI at Adelaide Oval.

Women aim to show Tests have a future    

England captain Heather Knight expects the pink ball and higher professional standards in women's cricket to create a far more-entertaining Ashes Test product.

Lehmanns ban Test selection talk    

South Australian batsman Jake Lehmann says he and his father, Test coach Darren, don't discuss his prospects of playing for Australia in the Ashes series.

Starc must bowl smarter at Gabba: Clark    

Ex-Test seamer Stuart Clark believes Mitchell Starc must bowl smarter on a lively Gabba deck in the Ashes opener despite his Sheffield Shield heroics for NSW.

Treat me as a villain again: Stuart Broad    

England's strike bowler Stuart Broad says he loves being treated as a villain by Australians.

England rest paceman Broad from tour game    

English fast bowler Stuart Broad has been rested from a four-day tour game against a Cricket Australia XI at Adelaide Oval.

Aussie women set to unleash Ashes rookies    

Australia will consider unleashing four quicks on England with a pink ball in a bid to retain the women's Ashes with three games to play.

Pick Cartwright as Test No.6, says Clark    

Former Test quick Stuart Clark believes Hilton Cartwright has done enough to clinch Australia's No.6 spot for the opening Ashes clash despite a dreaded pair.

Black Caps lose T20 decider in India

New Zealand's batsmen have failed to close the deal with India winning a rain-reduced T20 series decider by six runs in Thiruvananathpuram.

Smith gains confidence from Shield knocks    

Australian skipper Steve Smith says he has drawn a lot of confidence from scoring 76 and 127 for NSW in their Sheffield Shield cricket win over WA.

Maxwell, Lehmann earn support for Ashes    

South Australian captain Travis Head says Jake Lehmann's record is good enough to justify Ashes selection.

Young Aussies seek to disrupt Pommy plans

A young Cricket Australia XI hope to disrupt England's Ashes preparations in a four-day match starting in Adelaide on Wednesday.

Tom Curran to replace England paceman Finn    

Uncapped Surrey bowler Tom Curran will replace paceman Steven Finn on the England team for the Ashes tour of Australia.

Smith lauds form of Test quicks    

Australian captain Steve Smith has hailed the form of his three NSW and Test quicks after watching therm demolish WA in Sydney.

Mitchell Starc snares second hat-trick    

Fast bowler Mitchell Starc has joined a rare club in claiming two hat-tricks in the same first class match.

The race for Aust No.6 and 'keeper spots

With the first Ashes Test just around the corner candidates for Australia's No.6 batsman and wicketkeeper roles need to step up.

Maxwell builds Ashes case in Shield draw    

Glenn Maxwell has scored more valuable Sheffield Shield runs as Victoria shared the honours with South Australia at the MCG.

Injured England paceman Finn out of Ashes    

England fast bowler Steven Finn will return home within days after a knee injury forced him out of the Ashes tour of Australia.

Stokes' character still with Poms: Broad    

England quick Stuart Broad says Ben Stokes still looms large on the tourists, despite being at home awaiting police investigation into his role in a brawl.

Starc ripe to do a Johnson: ex-Test star    

Former Australian paceman Ryan Harris says Mitchell Starc is ripe to repeat the feats of Mitchell Johnson in the looming Test series against England.

Aussies know first Ashes Test team: Harris    

National high performance coach Ryan Harris says Australian selectors have already got in mind their team for the first Test against England.

Starc takes second hat-trick

Mitchell Starc has claimed his second hat-trick of the match to bowl NSW to a 171-run Sheffield Shield win over WA in Sydney.

Maxwell builds Ashes case with Shield runs    

Glenn Maxwell has scored more valuable Sheffield Shield runs to give Victoria hope of claiming victory over South Australia.

WA batsman Marsh out for 91    

WA batsman Shaun Marsh his pushed his claim for a Test recall with an innings of 91 in the Warriors' last day Sheffield Shield run chase against NSW in Sydney.

Wellington the preferred leggie for Ashes    

Amanda-Jade Wellington has been preferred ahead of fellow Australian leg-spinner Kristen Beams for the Ashes Test.

Bancroft still dreams of Test cricket    

The first wicketkeeper to carry his bat in Sheffield Shield history, WA opener Cameron Bancroft still dreams of playing Test cricket.

Ferguson century shows value of experience    

One-time Test batsman Callum Ferguson says Australia's cricket decision-makers should keep in mind the value of experience.

Proteas help with England's Ashes campaign

South African cricketers have told their English counterparts what to expect in the looming Ashes series against Australia.

Lehmann stars, Renshaw struggles in Shield    

Jake Lehmann continued to press his case for Ashes selection while Matt Renshaw again struggled with the bat in the Sheffield Shield.

Starc and Smith star for NSW in Shield    

NSW captain Steve Smith and paceman Mitchell Starc have put the Blues in a strong position against WA after three days of the Sheffield Shield match in Sydney.

Seamers impress Aussie captain Haynes    

Australian captain Rachael Haynes has seen some promising signs from her seamers heading into this week's women's cricket Test against England in Sydney.

Anderson open to England deputy offers    

Fast bowler Jimmy Anderson says he wouldn't refuse any offer to become the next vice-captain of the English cricket team.

Qld cruise to Shield win over Tasmania

Queensland have started their Sheffield Shield campaign with back-to-back wins, wrapping up a seven-wicket victory over Tasmania at Bellerive Oval.

Smith off to another good start for NSW    

Steve Smith is in the runs again for NSW, unbeaten on 46 at tea on day three of the Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia.

Lehmann piles on more runs, SA take charge    

South Australia have extended their second-innings lead over Victoria to 275 runs in their Sheffield Shield clash at the MCG.

England not fazed by rusty pre-Ashes form    

England will be aiming to dust out more of the cobwebs when they take on the Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide this week.

England pace king zeroes in on Aussie bats    

England pace bowler Jimmy Anderson says the tourists are about to step up their research into Australia's batsmen, including run-starved opener Matthew Renshaw.

McGrath boosts women's Ashes chances    

Tahlia McGrath claimed the prized scalps of Elyse Villani, Rachael Haynes and Ellyse Perry in one over of a tour match to boost her chances of a Test debut.

Hazlewood backs Cartwright to the hilt    

Josh Hazlewood dismissed Hilton Cartwright for a duck in the Sheffield Shield, but reckons he'd be a deserving No.6 for Australia in the first Ashes Test.

Maxwell's focus on Vics, not Ashes berth    

Victorian batsman and Ashes hopeful Glenn Maxwell says success with the Bushrangers must be his main focus.

Renshaw grafts as Qld close on Shield win    

Openers Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns are unbeaten at lunch as Queensland chase a day three Sheffield Shield win over Tasmania at Bellerive Oval.

Hazlewood skittles WA's Test hopefuls    

Western Australia's Ashes hopefuls Shaun Marsh and Hilton Cartwright scored just two between them as Josh Hazlewood switched on for NSW in the Sheffield Shield.

Give Wade an Ashes chance: Clarke    

Matthew Wade deserves a chance to retain his spot as Australia's wicketkeeper for the home Ashes series, former captain Michael Clarke says.

Maxwell impresses but Vics collapse late    

Victoria have a slender first-innings lead over South Australia at stumps on day two of their Sheffield Shield clash at the MCG.

England cop pre-Ashes punishment in Perth

England's front-line pace attack failed to fire early on day two of the two-day tour match against a youthful WA XI outfit at the WACA Ground.

England keen to bury WA XI at WACA    

Alastair Cook and Joe Root were the only England batsmen to miss out on an otherwise promising opening day of the tour match against WA XI.

Lehmann savours well-timed MCG century    

South Australia's Jake Lehmann picked a good time to make his first MCG century, with the Ashes looming, but downplayed his chances of making the squad.

Maxwell mounts Ashes Test case on defence

Glenn Maxwell has focused on the defensive side of his batting in the past year, and says he's now reaping rewards as he presses for a first Test spot.

England women under pump in Ashes warm-up

England's women will need to avoid early wickets on Sunday or else risk losing a three-day Ashes warm-up match against an inexperienced Cricket Australia XI.

Coulter-Nile not in frame for Ashes opener

West Australian paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile says he probably hasn't played enough cricket to be considered for selection for the Ashes opener.

Wade fails again as Tasmania crumble

Matthew Wade has failed to fire with the bat as Queensland assumed a dominant position at the end of day two of their Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania.

Smith impressed by Nevill's Ashes push    

Peter Nevill will have the chance to push for an Australian Ashes recall when he resumes on 32 not out in the Sheffield Shield for NSW against Westrn Australia.

Wade, Renshaw fail to impress in Shield    

Matthew Wade and Matt Renshaw were both dismissed cheaply on the opening day of Tasmania and Queensland's Sheffield Shield match in Hobart.

Smith gets his batting mojo back for Ashes    

Steve Smith says he's made the necessary batting changes to be successful again in Australian conditions ahead of this summer's Ashes series.

Lehmann lights up Shield as Carey falters    

South Australia have fought back from a shaky start to reach 6-291 at stumps on day one of their Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria.

England's big guns fall cheaply at WACA    

Australian paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile has dismissed England opener Alastair Cook for a duck in the tour match against a WA XI at the WACA Ground.

Wade flops as Tasmania wobble in Shield    

Tasmania have lost five wickets in the opening session of their Sheffield Shield match against Queensland, with Matthew Wade out for nine.

Lehmann, Head lead SA recovery in Shield    

South Australia have fought back from a shaky start to reach 3-123 at lunch on day one of their Sheffield Shield clash against Victoria.

Maddinson falls, Smith in NSW Shield runs    

Ashes hopeful Nic Maddinson was bowled out cheaply but Steve Smith batted well as NSW went to lunch at 2-94 in their Sheffield Shield clash with WA.

Bolton hopeful of Ashes recall after ton    

Dropped opener Beth Mooney hopes her century for Australia against an ACT XI will be enough to earn her a place in the one-off Ashes Test side.

Mitch Marsh ready to come off long run    

Western Australia skipper Mitch Marsh, yet to bowl at full intensity since his shoulder reconstruction, hopes to come off the long run next week.

Coulter-Nile ready to unleash against Poms    

Australian paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile will lead a baby-faced WA side in the two-day tour match against England in Perth.

Beth Mooney pushes case for Ashes recall    

Dropped opener Beth Mooney has struck a century for Australia against an ACT XI, just a week out from the women's Ashes Test on the first day of tour matches.

WACA curator hoping for pre-Ashes heat    

WACA curator Matt Page says some hot weather will help him prepare a worthy wicket for the third Ashes Test in Perth.

Bird backs embattled Wade for Shield runs    

Matthew Wade is primed to make a big score in Tasmania's second-round Sheffield Shield match, his teammate Jackson Bird says.

England not worried about old Ashes scars    

England captain Joe Root says his team's Ashes success in 2015 means they can open up old wounds this summer against Australia.

Baby a boon for Marsh's cricket career    

Becoming a father has helped declutter Ashes aspirant Shaun Marsh's mind and it is showing in the number of runs he's scoring, according to brother Mitch.

Smith ready for biggest Tests of career    

Steve Smith has led Australia throughout 26 Tests but admits none compare to the challenge awaiting in the Ashes.

Crunch time for Maxwell as Vics host SA    

Ashes hopeful Glenn Maxwell will get another chance to impress selectors when Victoria host South Australia in the Sheffield Shield.

England vow to be on best Ashes behaviour

England's Ashes preparations have been dogged by the controversy surrounding Ben Stokes, with the allrounder's future still up in the air.

Test cricket selection showdowns in Shield

The second round of the Sheffield Shield will feature a number of intriguing subplots that will shape who is in Australia's XI for the first Ashes Test.

Hazlewood returns, ready to be resilient    

Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood says he's capable of playing all five Tests against England despite sub-optimal preparation because of a side strain.

Steve Finn injured at England training    

England paceman Steven Finn might be in doubt for the two-day tour match against a WA XI after being struck on the knee while batting at training.

Hazlewood hopes England scarred in tune-up    

Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood says Nathan Coulter-Nile will ensure England's opening tour game will be no walk in the park.

Paine leads Aussie CA XI to face England    

Tim Paine will captain an inexperienced CA XI against England in two Ashes warm-up matches.

Langer backs Cartwright for Ashes berth

WA batsman Hilton Cartwright averages more than 50 in first-class cricket, and Warriors coach Justin Langer says the 25-year-old deserves to play in the Ashes.

Ashes fire still burns for paceman Siddle    

Victorian paceman Peter Siddle says he's fully fit and ready to press his claims for a return to Australia's Test team.

England not worried about WA easy kill    

England are expected to dominate their two-day tour match against an inexperienced WA side at the WACA Ground, starting on Saturday.

Coulter-Nile to captain WA against England    

Star allrounder Nathan Coulter-Nile will captain a WA XI side against England in the two-day tour match at the WACA Ground.

Ashes hopeful Sayers sends timely reminder    

South Australian paceman Chadd Sayers remains hopeful a Test vacancy could open up during the Ashes series.

Lucky Steven Finn ready to rumble in Ashes    

Steven Finn is lucky to have earned a late Ashes call-up, with the England paceman a late addition to the squad after Ben Stokes' provisional suspension.

Bolter Dan Hughes ready for Ashes call-up    

NSW batsman Daniel Hughes looms as a potential bolter for Australia's No.6 spot ahead of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Josh Hazlewood set to make Shield return    

Josh Hazlewood's preparation for the first Ashes Test has been compromised by a side strain but the paceman is set to mark his Sheffield Shield this weekend.