Category Archives: Ashes 2017-18

David Willey shines as England thrash Prime Minister’s XI in T20

• Prime Minister’s XI 136-8 | England 139-2
• David Willey takes three for 32 and scores 79 off 36 balls

The mandatory Ashes tour visit to Canberra ended in a routine win for England’s Twenty20 side as the Prime Minister’s XI were thumped by eight wickets on Friday. The format might have changed, but the tourists’ dominance with the bat in the recently completed 50-over series did not diminish as they made light work of a representative side including seven capped Australians with 44 balls to spare.

It proved a worthwhile outing for David Willey, who opened the bowling and batting to return three for 32 and 79 off 36 deliveries. The latter featured a stunning blitz off the opposition captain, Nathan Lyon, who saw his second over – the sixth of England’s pursuit of 137 – smashed for 34. That included five huge sixes to start. Finally, Lyon was able to get one right – which Willey duly drove through cover for four, drawing boos from the 8,788 at the Manuka Oval.

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Australia v England: fourth one-day international – live!

6.42am GMT

Australia’s opening bowlers, Hazlewood and Cummins, were quite superb up top after Steve Smith opted to bowl, and they gutted England’s top order. Four ducks as they fell to 8 for 5. There were some poor shots, particularly from Root and Bairstow, but the bowling was brilliant.

Four blokes lower down carried England to a respectable – if not quite defendable – score. Morgan and Moeen got things going, then Woakes batted like a god for his 78 (which included five sixes) in conjunction with Tom Curran to get the tourists up to 196.

6.37am GMT

Six! Shot, Tom Curran! Tye digs it in, and he pulls, just over the fence. A couple of dots follow, before a beautiful cover-driven four!

But he’s gone now! A slower ball is turned straight to midwicket. England are all out for 196. That doesn’t look great, but the last five wickets have put on 188, so…

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Australia v England, third ODI – live!

3.49am GMT

6th over: England 31-0 (Roy 15, Bairstow 12) England content to work in singles while the metronomic Hazlewood settles into his line and length. Couple of overs in a row in Australia’s favour after England’s fast start.

Yet again, Jason Roy is showing why he’s so difficult to bowl to. He is content to attack both straighter and wide deliveries, as well as both full and short ones. The margin for error for any bowler facing up to him is slim. #AusvEng pic.twitter.com/rpdBOVFM9u

3.45am GMT

5th over: England 29-0 (Roy 14, Bairstow 11) Cummins called upon early and he delivers, sending down a dangerous maiden. First he gets Roy pushing hard to a length ball that’s scooped just short of mid-off, and he follows that up with a quicker one that beats the outside edge. The variation in pace and bounce only reinforcing the impression this pitch is no road and will respond to subtle changes of pace.

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England’s second ODI victory over Australia ‘wasn’t pretty’, says Joe Root

• Second ODI: Australia 270-9; England 274-6 (Eng win by four wkts)
• Joe Root unbeaten on 46 as tourists go 2-0 up in five-match series

England came into this series wanting to win in different ways. So after a dominant performance in the first one-day international, a nippier chase on an uncharacteristic Brisbane pitch is one to add to the portfolio. A four-wicket win with 34 balls remaining gave them a 2-0 lead in the series. This was only their second win in eight ODIs at this venue.

Australia opted to bat first and drop their only spinner. So when England used three of their own, bowling their second-highest number of deliveries by spinners in an ODI in this country, the hosts knew something was not quite right. The pitch was more Chandigarh than Gabbatoir.

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Jason Roy blasts England’s highest ODI score in five-wicket win over Australia

First ODI: Australia 304-8 (50 overs); England 308-5 (48.5)
• Roy hits 180 and Root makes 91* in five-wicket win

The Ashes may be gone but England kicked off the one-day internationals with a thumping five-wicket win in the first of a five-game series. For that they have Jason Roy to thank. Chasing 305 for victory, Roy pillaged 180, carving 16 fours and five sixes from 151 balls, and setting a record for the highest score by an Englishman in ODIs, beating Alex Hales’s 171 against Pakistan in 2016.

Earlier, a ninth ODI hundred by the Australia opener Aaron Finch looked to have ensured an even tussle. His effort was measured and serene. Roy, by contrast, was a man with a claw hammer in each hand, swinging at anything and everything that came his way.

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Ashes 2017-18: our writers’ end-of-series awards

England and Australia jostle for the awards for best moment, match, and breakthrough player. Best player? Well, maybe the award should be renamed

Steve Smith is a freak. To think he started the series with a supposed drought of international centuries having not raised the bat since March. This really is a special player we are watching. Adam Collins

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England toil as Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh seize control of fifth Test

• Fifth Test, day three: Australia 479-4 v England 346 all out
• Australia lead England by 133 runs with six wickets remaining
• Usman Khawaja scores 171 as tourists muster only two wickets

The pink Test, now its tenth year, is firmly embedded into the Sydney calendar. With Glenn McGrath, the universally respected driver of a wonderful charity, they flock to the SCG in their thousands, young and old, male and female, committed fans and those who simply want to enjoy being there. The Saturday, when those not displaying something pink receive a funny look, is an especially memorable occasion.

Whether this Saturday will qualify as memorable for the eleven Englishmen toiling in the field for almost six and a half hours is another matter. Naturally the England players offer their absolute support to the McGrath Foundation but they would also have welcomed a few more wickets under an unrelenting sun against an unrelenting batting line-up.

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Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England, fifth Test, day three – live!

10.53pm GMT

Adam Collins tells the story of Usman Khawaja’s latest career-saving knock.

Related: Australia’s Usman Khawaja plays it cagey in battle to preserve Test place | Adam Collins

10.47pm GMT

You’ll be pleased to know it’s going to be a dry day at the cricket. There’s going to be a gusty north-easterly but otherwise it should be sunny and warm ahead of a scorcher tomorrow.

#SydneyWeather still on track for a very a hot weekend, up to 45 degrees in the west tomorrow. No rain interruptions today for the #Ashes Test, also low likeliihood tomorrow. See the latest forecast at https://t.co/xxbVhpro3S.

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Moeen Ali set to be dropped after Joe Root offers only long-term reassurance

• ‘Moeen has struggled but he will have a big future for England’
• Tourists halt Australia’s march towards whitewash with draw in Melbourne

Moeen Ali faces the prospect of being dropped for the first time in his Test career after Joe Root, the England captain, could offer only long-term optimism regarding the all-rounder.

Speaking after a turgid fifth day in Melbourne in which Steve Smith’s 23rd century and third of an incredible personal series saw the fourth Ashes Test play out to a draw, Root appeared to chose his words carefully when appraising Moeen’s prospects for the finale in Sydney on Thursday.

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Steve Smith century frustrates England as Australia save fourth Ashes Test

  • Match drawn after Australia’s captain hits unbeaten 102 on day five at MCG
  • England fail to capitalise on wickets of David Warner and Shaun Marsh

There was still no way past Steve Smith. The pitch may have been as docile as a lamb yet it still required wonderful concentration from Australia’s phenomenal captain to bat for almost seven hours to save the Melbourne Test match. In the process he recorded his 23rd Test century. Finding the key to removing Smith from the crease would have taxed the team at Bletchley Park, let alone the one led by Joe Root.

Here Smith played with his usual fidgeting calm, as resolute in saving the game as he was when winning those in Brisbane and Perth. He now revels in self-denial as well as shredding opposition attacks. At the crease he is vaguely reminiscent of Derek Randall, who played his greatest innings here 40 years ago (there has been some footage of the Centenary Test on our screens during the rain breaks). Like Randall there is much pre-delivery movement and a self-taught, idiosyncratic method – though Smith has proven to be a far more prolific and significant batsman. He has the confidence to do it his way.

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