Australia

8:00 AM ET Daniel Brettig in Leeds David Warner shapes to defend Mitchell Starc, misses, and the plastic stumps in the Headingley nets go flying. All manner of dismissals take place in the nets, real or imagined depending on the fields “set” by the bowler or throw-downer, but few quite so dramatic. The moment rather
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10:40 AM ET Daniel Brettig in Leeds “Take back control” has been a pretty loaded phrase in this part of the world ever since its co-option by Dominic Cummings and the Vote Leave campaign that successfully won Britain’s EU referendum in 2016. It is also a highly relevant one to Australia’s Ashes campaign, which began
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5:34 AM ET Daniel Brettig in Leeds Steven Smith has been ruled out of the Headingley Test after failing to recover in time from the concussion he suffered at Lord’s. With a turnaround time of three days between the two Tests, it was always going to be tough for Smith to be ready in time
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7:46 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Sunrisers Hyderabad have roped in former Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin as their new assistant coach. Haddin will join Sunrisers’ new coach Trevor Bayliss in the support staff. While Bayliss replaced Tom Moody, Haddin will take over from Simon Helmot. Haddin and Bayliss have worked together before, winning the Champions League
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8:20 AM ET Daniel Brettig at Lord’s James Pattinson‘s back was in such a bad state less than two years ago that the world renowned surgeon recruited to give him one last chance at a sustainable international career initially told the fast bowler that it was unlikely he would be able to help. As Pattinson
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Jason Roy, Jack Leach and Jofra Archer represent three of England’s great hopes © Getty Images It’s a been a fair few years now since Australia’s formidable Test record at Lord’s has been factored into the Ashes build-up – consecutive thumpings in 2009 and 2013 rather punctured their proud boast of not having lost at
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