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Ashley Giles steps down from England role after Ashes series

One of the leaders of English cricket has stepped down following the humiliating Ashes series in Australia. Ashley Giles, managing director of the England men’s team, is leaving after three years in the role. Former test captain Andrew Strauss will take over on an interim basis. England lost 4-0 in the Ashes series. “Off the back of a disappointing men’s Ashes this winter, we must ensure we put in place the conditions across our game to enable our test team to succeed,” said Tom Harrison, the England and Wales Cricket Board’s chief executive. Under Giles, England won the 50-over Cricket World Cup for the first time but has had a turbulent time in the test format, with the ECB’s focus seemingly having been on white-ball cricket. “The past couple of years have been incredibly challengin...
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Australia leads England by 152 as 17 wickets tumble on Day 2

Australia yet again rolled over England in the Ashes for a below-par score of 188 as 17 wickets tumbled against pace on the second day of the fifth test on Saturday. Australia, which was bowled out for 303, did not require the offspin of Nathan Lyon to grab a 115-run first-innings lead as captain Pat Cummins led the charge with 4-45 and Mitchell Starc grabbed 3-53. Scott Boland was unlucky after Chris Woakes (36) got twice dropped in the slip cordon to finish with 1-33 and Cameroon Green (1-45) got the wicket of debutant Sam Billings, who made 29. England fast bowlers Stuart Broad and Mark Wood bowled with similar intensity of the Australian pace quartet as the home team stuttered to 37-3 at stumps at the day-night test for an overall lead of 152 with seven wickets in hand. That's stu...
Scott Boland retains spot in Australia lineup for 4th Ashes Test
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Scott Boland retains spot in Australia lineup for 4th Ashes Test

Scott Boland has retained his spot in Australia’s bowling attack for the fourth Ashes test after his starring role in the series-deciding victory over England in Melbourne last week. Boland made his test debut last week and took six wickets for seven runs as England collapsed in the second innings in Melbourne, allowing Australia to retain the Ashes with two matches to spare. Veteran pace bowler Josh Hazlewood was ruled out for a third consecutive match because of a side strain, ending any debate about Boland’s spot in the starting XI. Australia made one injury enforced change for the test starting Wednesday at the the Sydney Cricket Ground, with Usman Khawaja replacing middle-order batter Travis Head. Khawaja’s return for the first time since 2019 comes after Head was rule...
Travis Head to miss Sydney Test after testing positive for COVID-19
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Travis Head to miss Sydney Test after testing positive for COVID-19

Travis Head, Australia’s leading run-scorer in the ongoing Ashes, has been ruled out of the fourth Test here from January 5 after testing positive for COVID-19. Head is asymptomatic and will remain in Melbourne with his partner for seven days as per the Victorian government’s health requirements. “As part of our testing procedures, we are PCR testing players, their families and our support staff daily,” said a Cricket Australia spokesperson. “Unfortunately, Travis returned a positive Covid-19 result earlier today. Thankfully, he is asymptomatic at this stage. “We anticipate that he will be available to play in the fifth Vodafone men’s Ashes Test in Hobart.” The southpaw has scored 248 runs in the series at an average of 62 including a hundred in the series-opener at the...
Ashes gone, can a 5-0 England series loss be far away?
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Ashes gone, can a 5-0 England series loss be far away?

England has been beaten 5-0 in an Ashes series only three times. On the evidence of Tuesday’s innings defeat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, captain Joe Root’s side could soon become the fourth. Former England captain Ian Botham said he was “a little embarrassed.” “To lose the Ashes in 12 days . . . I just think that England have lost their way,” Botham said on Australia’s Seven Network. “The performance today summed it up.” Trailing by 82 runs on the first innings of the third test, England resumed on Tuesday’s third day on 31-4 and was bowled out for 68, losing by an innings and 14 runs. Australia didn’t even need to wait until lunch before regaining the Ashes — less than halfway through the scheduled five-match series. One rather scathing social media user tweeted that Australia won...
Ashes 2021: The Aboriginal Dreamtime story of Boland
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Ashes 2021: The Aboriginal Dreamtime story of Boland

Paul Stewart’s phone rang in the stands at the MCG where 40,000 Victorians were losing their heads as debutant Scott Boland was in the midst of a dreamy spell of 6 for 7 that shot out England in the third Test. An already emotional Stewart would choke up in happiness as he recognised the call had come up from a pub in the small town of Harrow, halfway between Melbourne and Adelaide, home of Johnny Mullagh, the most popular Aboriginal player who starred in Australia’s first ever tour of England in 1868. Stewart had once taken Boland, the fourth aboriginal man to don the baggy green, to Harrow, the spiritual cricket home of aboriginal cricketers. “Laughter, tears, and joy flowed in the call,” Stewart would tell The Indian Express. “Their Scotty, our Scotty, was doing us prou...
It’s all over: Australia retains Ashes with win over England
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It’s all over: Australia retains Ashes with win over England

It was quite a Test debut for Australia fast bowler Scott Boland. Player-of-the-match Boland claimed the remarkable bowling figures of six wickets for seven runs as Australia beat England by an innings and 14 runs before lunch on the third day of the third Ashes test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday. The massive victory means Australia retains the Ashes, with a 3-0 lead in the five-match series. Resuming on Tuesday on 31-4, England was bowled out for 68. Ben Stokes, on 11, was bowled by Mitchell Starc in the fifth over of the day. This is how you take 6-7 in four overs. And on debut, no less! #Ashes Boland highlights: https://t.co/8Q8oME3sAw pic.twitter.com/LTK6MM55qB — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 28, 2021 The 32-year-old Boland removed Jonny Bairstow...
Ashes 2021: Watch Australia dominate as England batting woes return on Boxing Day
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Ashes 2021: Watch Australia dominate as England batting woes return on Boxing Day

England’s earnest dressing-room discussions about improving shot selection failed to bear fruit on Sunday’s opening day of the third Ashes cricket Test, as shambolic batting delivered a Boxing Day feast of wickets for Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground. England was bowled out for 185, before Australia reached 61-1 at stumps. Admittedly England, humiliated in a 275-run defeat in Adelaide, faced a tough task to bounce back on Sunday. Australia captain Pat Cummins won the toss and invited under-siege England to bat first on a green-tinged, seaming MCG pitch. England was 61-3 at lunch. By tea, the tourists were in serious trouble at 128-6, having lost the key wicket of skipper Joe Root for 50. England’s resistance with the bat lasted just 65.1 overs. World No 1-ranked bowle...
3rd Ashes test: Boland test debut, England makes 4 changes
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3rd Ashes test: Boland test debut, England makes 4 changes

Australia will give fast bowler Scott Boland a test debut in the third Ashes match beginning Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground while England has made four changes to its side. Boland was brought in as cover earlier this week and received the starting nod when fellow fast bowlers Jhye Richardson and Michael Neser were ruled out because of muscle soreness. Josh Hazelwood was already out as he continues to recover from side strain, meaning captain Pat Cummins and Boland are the two new inclusions to the Australian XI. “Jhye and Nes were a little bit sore after Adelaide so we’ve decided to go with Scotty,” said Cummins, who missed the Adelaide test after being a close contact of a COVID-19 case. “It’s a luxury to have someone like him, fresh and ready to go.” We’re going ...
Ashes 2021: Joe Root and his team forced to rewatch wickets in heated team meeting
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Ashes 2021: Joe Root and his team forced to rewatch wickets in heated team meeting

After falling 2-0 down in the Ashes series, Joe Root and his teammates assembled for a chat where senior star players like Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, James Anderson, and others were forced to re-watch their wickets being taken in the second Test in Adelaide. According to a report in Guardian, England head coach Chris Silverwood was not happy with the batting performance put by England batsmen and was furious after the visitors were decimated in the 2nd Ashes Test. Silverwood reportedly showed 14 of the 20 English wickets on the TV screen in the change room and also pointed out the mistakes of the English batter which they committed during the match. It was said that Ben stokes had strong opinions during the meeting. Simultaneously, the need for discipline was pointed out by J...
Do I believe I’m the right man for England job? Yes I do: Chris Silverwood
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Do I believe I’m the right man for England job? Yes I do: Chris Silverwood

Under-fire head coach Chris Silverwood has defended his team selection despite England suffering heavy defeats in the first two Tests of the Ashes, insisting he is still the “right man for the job”. England slumped to a nine-wicket defeat in Brisbane before losing by 275 runs at Adelaide, leading to sharp criticism of the team selections. The visitors had opted to leave out the experienced pace duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad on a green pitch in Brisbane while including spinner Jack Leach. The left-arm spinner returned with poor figures of 1 for 102 in 13 overs and was dropped from the second Test with England depending on Root, Dawid Malan and Ollie Robinson for spin at Adelaide Oval. Silverwood, who is also England’s chief selector, said he will not change a thing ...
‘It’s all a bit friendly, get nasty’: Michael Vaughan’s advice to England
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‘It’s all a bit friendly, get nasty’: Michael Vaughan’s advice to England

England are being “too nice” and need to “get nasty” against Australia in the Boxing Day Test to fight back in the ongoing Ashes series, feels former skipper Michael Vaughan. England suffered heavy defeats in the first two Tests to be down 0-2 in the five-match series. “It’s too nice,” Vaughan, who led England to 26 wins in 51 Tests, including the 2005 Ashes, said on Fox Cricket’s Follow-On podcast. “I see on the morning of the game they are all talking to Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon. I never had a conversation with Steve Waugh back in the day. I wouldn’t have dared go and speak to Glenn McGrath on the morning of the game or Shane Warne. You just didn’t. “It’s all a bit friendly. I’d get nasty with them. They somehow need to find that on day one. Get into the scrap. Chir...
‘Why are you captain?’: Ricky Ponting slams Joe Root comments on England bowlers
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‘Why are you captain?’: Ricky Ponting slams Joe Root comments on England bowlers

Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has questioned Joe Root’s comments about England’s bowlers during the Ashes and said that as captain of the touring side the onus is on him to make changes when needed. After a nine-wicket thrashing in the Brisbane opener, England lost the second Test in Adelaide by 275 runs on Monday to trail the five-match series 2-0. Root said after the pink ball Test that his bowlers needed to bowl fuller and “be a bit braver”. “I nearly fell off my seat when I heard that,” Ponting told a Cricket Australia website. “Whose job is it then to make them change? Why are you captain then? “If you can’t influence your bowlers on what length to bowl, what are you doing on the field? “Joe Root can come back and say whatever he likes but if you’re captain, y...
Post mortem from the Ashes
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Post mortem from the Ashes

England seamers bowl too short in first innings In a mind-boggling repeat of what transpired four years ago at the same venue, England bowled far too short and to disastrous effect. Statistics showed that on Day One, only five per cent of their deliveries would have hit the stumps. It caught every expert by surprise. “When only five per cent of the deliveries England bowled on the opening day were going on to hit the stumps, how did they expect to bowl Australia out?” Jason Gillespie, former Australia bowler, would gasp in his column in Daily Mail. “I wouldn’t anticipate the proportion being as high as 50 per cent but challenging that off-stump regularly has simply got to be part of a team’s bowling plan. Without it, you’re taking out two dismissals instantly — bowled and l...
Ashes 2021: England pacer Ollie Robinson turns off-spinner in Adelaide Test
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Ashes 2021: England pacer Ollie Robinson turns off-spinner in Adelaide Test

In a bizarre turn of events, England seamer Ollie Robinson bowled a three-over spell of off-spin on day four of the second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday. Robinson can bowl off-spin as well.. #ashespic.twitter.com/v44zfshy3U — Ryan (@ryandesa_07) December 19, 2021 The move showed the desperation of the England cricket team, who fielded a playing eleven without a frontline England spinner. Jack Leach and Dom Bess were left out of the side — while captain Joe Root started the day’s play off the field due to injury. (•_•)<) )╯QUICK/ (•_•)( (> BOWLING/ (•_•)<) )> SPIN/ Ollie Robinson, everybody! #Ashes pic.twitter.com/Uoa4bwnRF2 — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 19, 2021 In a statement, the ECB said: “England captain Joe Root will not be on t...
Starc in control along with Australia in 2nd Ashes test
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Starc in control along with Australia in 2nd Ashes test

Mitchell Starc’s milestone in day-night test matches has left Australia in command of the second Ashes test, with the home side taking a 282-run lead to stumps on day three with nine wickets in hand. England capitulated from 150-2 to be all out for 236 in reply to Australia’s first-innings total of 473-9 declared. Australia captain Steve Smith decided against enforcing the follow-on before the home side went to stumps Saturday at 45-1 with David Warner the man run out after a mid-wicket mix-up. Under-pressure opener Marcus Harris survived both that and a crucial 17-over period under lights to finish unbeaten on 21 along with nightwatchman Michael Neser (2). England crumbled to lose 8-86 – and you can see all the wickets here! #Ashes https://t.co/TWDMpUBNd5 — cricket.com.au...
Ashes: Labuschagne has record century on 2nd day vs England
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Ashes: Labuschagne has record century on 2nd day vs England

Marnus Labuschagne became the first player to hit three centuries in day-night test matches when he scored 103 runs for Australia while England took three wickets during an even first session on the second day of the second Ashes test Friday. Labuschagne resumed on 95 and Australia on 221-2. At the first break Friday, Australia was 302-5 with captain Steve Smith on 55 and Alex Carey 5 not out. Australia won the first test in Brisbane by nine wickets. In a dramatic 40 minutes to start the day, Labuschagne edged Jimmy Anderson to third man for four to record the sixth century of his career and first in the Ashes. Missed any of Marnus Labuschagne's sixth Test ton? See the highlights here.@VodafoneAU | #Ashes https://t.co/tdVvVm8nPo — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 17...
Gavaskar says Ganguly needs to clear air on Kohli’s comments on captaincy issue
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Gavaskar says Ganguly needs to clear air on Kohli’s comments on captaincy issue

The legendary Sunil Gavaskar feels Sourav Ganguly is the best person to clear the air on Virat Kohli’s contradictory statement on the issue of captaincy, saying the BCCI president “surely should be asked” how the difference in perception arose. Days after Kohli quit T20I captaincy, Ganguly said that the BCCI had asked the superstar batter to reconsider his decision. Kohli had, however, contradicted Ganguly’s statement during his explosive press conference on Wednesday ahead of departure for the South Africa Test series. 💬 💬 @ImRo45 and Rahul Dravid have my absolute support: @imVkohli #TeamIndia #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/jXUwZ5W1Dz — BCCI (@BCCI) December 15, 2021 “I think it (Kohli’s comment) actually doesn’t bring the BCCI into the picture. I think it’s the individual who h...
Cricket Australia defends COVID-19 protocols after Pat Cummins scratched
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Cricket Australia defends COVID-19 protocols after Pat Cummins scratched

Cricket Australia has defended its biosecurity protocols after captain Pat Cummins was forced to withdraw from the second Ashes Test in Adelaide on Thursday for being a close contact of a COVID-19 case. Cummins was ruled out of the day-night clash after dining in the same restaurant as the positive case on Wednesday night and must isolate for seven days. Australian captain Pat Cummins has been deemed a close contact of a person who received a positive Covid-19 test last night and is unavailable to play in the second Vodafone #Ashes Test. We anticipate that he will be available to play in the third Test at the MCG in Melbourne. pic.twitter.com/o6JxIdL9pn — Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) December 16, 2021 His absence from the match is a big blow to Australia’s hopes of exte...
Ashes 2021: Smith replaces Cummins as Australia captain due to COVID-19 scare
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Ashes 2021: Smith replaces Cummins as Australia captain due to COVID-19 scare

Australia will be without captain Pat Cummins after the pacer was identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. With the second Ashes Test beginning on Thursday, Steve Smith is back as the Australian captain. It will be Smith’s first appearance as captain since the Cape Town, South Africa ball-tampering scandal in 2018 which cost him the captaincy and a subsequent two-year leadership ban as well as a 12-month suspension from representing Australia. Less than three hours before the toss for the day-night test at Adelaide Oval on Thursday, Cricket Australia said in a statement that Cummins had been exposed to the COVID-19 case when he was dining in a restaurant the previous night and he hadn’t breached any biosecurity protocols. Cummins isolated as soon as he bec...