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Joe Root: ‘Australia will try to keep England captain quiet during Ashes’

Andrew Strauss on Summer, Root and the Ashes Australia will “target” England captain Joe Root during this winter’s Ashes tour down under, says director of cricket Andrew Strauss. Root will lead the side in an Ashes series for the first time with the first Test taking place in November. Strauss said his one piece of advice to Root would be to “get runs”. “They know he is England’s best player so if they keep him quiet then that’s going to undermine him as captain as well,” Strauss told BBC Sport….

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England coach Trevor Bayliss does not expect new faces in Ashes squad

Pint-sized TMS: England win series as Blofeld says goodbye England are likely to fill their Ashes squad with players that have been used in the past 18 months, according to coach Trevor Bayliss. Joe Root’s side still have concerns over their batting despite Test series wins against South Africa and West Indies this summer. Their defence of the Ashes in Australia begins in November. “I can’t see us going outside of the people that have played in the last 12 to 18 months,” said Bayliss. “There are two or three…

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England’s Stuart Broad wants to play in 2019 Ashes after Test wicket milestone

Stuart Broad hails ‘hero’ Botham after surpassing wicket tally Stuart Broad said he wants to play in the 2019 Ashes against Australia, after passing Sir Ian Botham on the list of England’s all-time Test wicket-takers. Seamer Broad, 31, moved ahead of Botham’s 383 wickets in the first-Test win against West Indies at Edgbaston. He is second only to team-mate James Anderson, who has 492. “I have a lot of cricket left in me,” said Broad. “I’m really enjoying being a part of this team and hopefully have a few more…

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Women’s Ashes: Meg Lanning could miss the start of the series

Meg Lanning’s World Cup ended early when Australia went out in the semi-final to India and she was bowled for a duck Australia captain Meg Lanning could miss the start of the Women’s Ashes with the shoulder injury that hampered her World Cup. Cricket Australia have not yet announced when the world’s number one batter is expected to return to fitness. Coach Matthew Mott said Lanning, 25, “needs some time out of the game”. The series starts in Brisbane on 22 October with the first of three one-day internationals. “We’ll…

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England v West Indies: Ashes places up for grabs – Joe Root

Joe Root’s England face Jason Holder’s West Indies in three Tests before defending the Ashes in Australia this winter First Investec Test: England v West Indies Venue: Edgbaston Dates: 17-21 August Start: 14:00 BST Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 4 LW & online; in-play highlights & live text commentary on BBC Sport website & app Ashes opportunities will be up for grabs when the first Test against West Indies begins at Edgbaston on Thursday, says England captain Joe Root. Opener…

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Faf du Plessis: South Africa captain says England can win the Ashes

England breakthrough as Amla is lbw on review Fourth Investec Test, Old Trafford, day four England 362 & 243 (69.1 overs): Moeen 75*, Morkel 4-41 South Africa 226 & 202 (62.5 overs): Amla 83, Moeen 5-69 England win by 177 runs; win series 3-1 Scorecard England could win the Ashes series against Australia this winter, says South Africa captain Faf du Plessis. The hosts beat the Proteas by 177 runs at Old Trafford on Monday, sealing a 3-1 series win. England play Australia in the first of five Tests in…

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Keaton Jennings: Trevor Bayliss hints that Ashes opening berth is still wide open

Jennings has scored 112, 0, 1, 54, 8, 33, 0, 3, 0 and 48 in his 10 Test innings to date England coach Trevor Bayliss has hinted that Keaton Jennings is not yet secure of his place as Alastair Cook’s opening partner for this winter’s Ashes. Asked after Monday’s 239-run win over South Africa at The Oval if he had any “issues or worries” over who might partner Cook in the first Test at Brisbane in November, Bayliss told BBC Sport: “It could be two or three guys. “When we…

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Australia pay dispute: Are the Ashes really under threat?

David Warner has been vocal in his support of the cricketers’ union What a mess. There’s no other way to describe the fact the deadline has passed for Australia’s cricketers to pen a pay deal with the board and no agreement is in place. The result? Unemployment with immediate effect. The implications? Vast. The Ashes? Who knows. Why is this happening? Cricket Australia (CA) has to craft a Memorandum of Understanding with the players – represented by the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) – every five years. It is, essentially, a…

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Ashes 2017: Mitchell Starc rested for Australia tour of Bangladesh

Mitchell Starc took 1-52 against England in the Champions Trophy Australia have left fast bowler Mitchell Starc out of their squad for the two-Test tour of Bangladesh so he can prepare himself for this winter’s Ashes series against England. Scans have shown that a stress fracture of the foot suffered by Starc, 27, in March has not healed properly. Australia will play two Tests in Bangladesh – in Dhaka on 27 August and Chittagong on 4 September – and bowling spearhead Starc will rest until his return in a one-day…

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