Ashes Test

  • Alastair Cook ducks questions on Kevin Pietersen's England future January 11, 2014

    London: England captain Alastair Cook declined on Saturday to offer any assurances to mercurial batsman Kevin Pietersen about his Test future. Smarting from a 5-0 Ashes whitewash, England's misery in Australia was not confined to the field and coach Andy Flower had to issue a statement on Wednesday denying media speculation...
  • 5th Test: Australia thrash England by 281 runs to win the Ashes series 5-0 January 5, 2014

    Sydney: Australia completed a 5-0 Ashes series whitewash with a 281-run victory inside three days of the fifth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground as England capitulated to be all out for 166 chasing 448. Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson, whose 37 wickets earned him player of the series, again decimated...
  • 5th Ashes Test, Day 2: Australia 140/4 at stumps, lead by 311 runs against England January 4, 2014

    Sydney: Australia skittled England for 155 in their first innings and then built a lead of 311 runs on the second day of the fifth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground to edge closer to a 5-0 series whitewash. Chris Rogers (73 not out) scored his fourth half-century of the...
  • Darren Lehmann sets Australia target of winning away in 2014 January 3, 2014

    Sydney: Triumphant coach Darren Lehmann has revealed his New Year's resolution for Australia to win away from home on the road to regaining world number number one status. "I want Australia to again become a winning side away from home," Lehmann wrote in his column for Friday's The Telegraph newspaper. We...
  • As it happened: Australia vs England, 5th Ashes Test, Day 1 January 3, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Battered England are desperate to avoid the ignominy of a 5-0 series whitewash against Australia as they scramble to salvage some pride in the final Ashes Test in Sydney starting on Friday. Alastair Cook's team - coming off a dispiriting eight-wicket...
  • Mitchell Johnson warns England not to back away from fast bowlers January 1, 2014

    Sydney: Destructive paceman Mitchell Johnson has set the scene for a tetchy final Ashes Test by claiming on Wednesday that England's batsmen are deliberately backing away from fast bowlers as an unsettling tactic. While it is normal for batsmen to walk away from a delivery if anyone in the crowd interferes with...
  • Australia team to wear 'Baggy Pink' caps in final Ashes Test at SCG December 31, 2013

    Sydney: The Australian team will wear 'Baggy Pink' caps, specially designed by Albion, and unique ASICS playing shirts to be worn throughout the Ashes Pink Test against England starting Jan 3 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). "Thanks to ongoing support from the international cricket community, supporters and friends of the...
  • Alastair Cook calls on seniors to avoid Ashes whitewash December 30, 2013

    Melbourne: Alastair Cook is calling on his seniors to pull out something special for England to avoid the ignominy of an Ashes whitewash against Australia. The rampant Australians strolled to a convincing eight-wicket victory over the beleaguered tourists in Sunday's fourth Melbourne Test to lead the series 4-0 and stand on...
  • 4th Ashes Test: Battered England seek solace on Boxing Day December 25, 2013

    Melbourne: An Ashes series that promised so much has all but fizzled with Australia taking an unassailable 3-0 lead, but Melbourne's Boxing Day Test offers some intrigue as to whether England will continue to self-destruct or salvage some pride from a turbulent campaign. Arriving as comfortable winners of the northern Ashes...
  • Australia's 3-0 is better than England's, says Peter Siddle December 23, 2013

    Australia have been more dominant and ruthless in winning the Ashes than the victorious England side were earlier this year, paceman Peter Siddle said on Monday. England defeated Australia 3-0 in the five-match home series in July-August before quickly handing the terracota urn back after three comprehensive defeats in the first...
  • Under-pressure Alastair Cook faces biggest challenge: Nasser Hussain December 17, 2013

    Perth: Leading England out of their Ashes slump will be the biggest challenge of captain Alastair Cook's career, according to former skipper Nasser Hussain. After three series successes, England relinquished their grip on the urn on Tuesday when Australia recorded a third consecutive Test victory in Perth to establish an unassailable...
  • Make changes or lose series 5-0, Glenn McGrath warns England December 17, 2013

    Perth: England must make changes for the final two Tests or risk a 5-0 Ashes humiliation, former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath said as his country regained the urn on Tuesday. A 150-run defeat, England's third heavy loss in succession, would have been even bigger had it not been for a...
  • Ben Stokes extends Ashes battle for England December 16, 2013

    Perth: Born in New Zealand and playing for England, Ben Stokes needs no extra motivation when it comes to facing Australia. The 22-year-old allrounder went to the crease at a critical time on Monday, with the top order back in the pavilion and England needing somebody to dig in and...
  • Geoffrey Boycott berates 'selfish' Kevin Pietersen December 16, 2013

    London: Outspoken former England batsman Geoff Boycott described Kevin Pietersen as "selfish" after he again conceded his wicket cheaply as the tourists slumped towards defeat in the Ashes on Monday. With England chasing an improbable target of 504 to avoid defeat in the third Test in Perth, Pietersen put on...
  • Stuart Broad injures foot during third Ashes Test December 15, 2013

    Perth: Stuart Broad is determined to keep contributing to England's cause in the Ashes despite being hobbled on Sunday after a Mitchell Johnson yorker crashed into his right foot. England's leading paceman in the series couldn't bowl or field on day three at the WACA as Australia tightened its grip on...
  • DRS in the spotlight again after Root dismissal December 14, 2013

    Perth: The International Cricket Council's controversial decision review system was in the spotlight again on the second day of the third Ashes Test at the WACA Ground on Saturday. England were left disappointed when emerging batsmen Joe Root was given out caught behind by umpire Marais Erasmus at a crucial stage...
  • Injuries force Australia to delay naming 11 for third Ashes Test December 12, 2013

    Perth: Michael Clarke has delayed naming his starting XI for the third Ashes Test to give paceman Ryan Harris time to prove his fitness while James Faulkner has been ruled out after scans on his right hand revealed a thumb fracture. Australia can regain the Ashes with a win in the...
  • Lyon likely to play in Perth scorcher: Lehmann December 11, 2013

    Sydney: Spinner Nathan Lyon is likely to retain his place in the Australia side for the third Ashes Test despite the attractions of going with a four-pronged pace attack in Perth this week, coach Darren Lehmann said on Wednesday. The hosts could wrap up the series 3-0 with victory at the...
  • England need greatest fightback ever, says Matt Prior December 11, 2013

    Perth: England are "in a dark place" after two "horrendous" Ashes thrashings but are capable of achieving one of the greatest fightbacks ever, wicketkeeper Matt Prior said. After losing to Australia by 218 runs in Adelaide to slip 2-0 behind in the five-match series, a performance Prior labelled "embarrassing", England's chances...
  • Bailey warns players against complacency in 3rd Ashes Test December 11, 2013

    Perth: Australia batsman George Bailey played down expectations that an Ashes-series clinching win in the third Test in Perth is a formality. Australia lead the five-Test series 2-0 after convincing wins in Brisbane and Adelaide, thanks largely to the express bowling of left-arm paceman Mitchell Johnson. The fast and bouncy WACA...
  • Michael Vaughan fears 5-0 Ashes series drubbing for England December 9, 2013

    London: England are heading for a 5-0 Ashes series drubbing in Australia unless they can recover mentally from two crushing defeats, former captain Michael Vaughan said on Monday. Australia won the second Test by 218 runs in Adelaide on Monday, having opened the series with a 381-run drubbing in Brisbane. The third...
  • 2nd Ashes Test: Australia win by 218 runs, take 2-0 lead December 9, 2013

    Adelaide: Michael Clarke's Australians finished off England in 11 overs on Monday to win the second Test by 218 runs and take a 2-0 series lead into Perth, where they're aiming to regain the Ashes with a third straight win. England had been behind the game at Adelaide since dropping three...
  • 2nd Ashes Test: Australia four wickets away from win in Adelaide December 8, 2013

    Adelaide: Australia moved within four wickets of victory in the second Ashes Test and a 2-0 series lead after ending Joe Root's defiant innings late Sunday and exposing the England tailenders to the new ball before stumps on the penultimate evening. Set an improbable 531 to win when Australia declared their...
  • Mitchell Johnson: From unwanted to most sought after December 7, 2013

    Adelaide: Mitchell Johnson said on Saturday Australia want to "cook" England a bit more in the field before going after another landslide win over England in the second Ashes Test. Johnson, still sporting his drooping moustache, was the destroyer with seven for 40 bringing England to their knees and leaving them...
  • Ian Bell 'willing' to fill in for Jonathan Trott at number three November 30, 2013

    Ian Bell is "absolutely willing" to replace Jonathan Trott at the number three spot in England's batting order when the second Ashes Test against Australia starts on Thursday. Trott, the regular number three, left the tour to deal with a stress-related problem a day after England's comprehensive defeat in Brisbane. "We've spoken...
  • England should expect more sledging, say Aussies November 28, 2013

    Australia: The captain of a Cricket Australia Chairman's XI side which will play a two-day game against England starting Friday says the visitors can expect more on-field verbal invective. Michael Beer said Thursday "that will be the aim, to make it a little bit uncomfortable for the opposition ... I don't...
  • Verbal taunts continue between Ashes Test matches November 27, 2013

    Adelaide: Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson says he doesn't anticipate a truce in the verbal sparring between his team and England for the second Ashes Test beginning December 5 at Adelaide. Johnson, who took man-of-the-match figures of 9 for 103 in Australia's 381-run win in the first Test at Brisbane, says...
  • Local media hail 'high and mighty' Australia after Brisbane win November 25, 2013

    Sydney: Australia's emphatic humbling of England in the first Ashes Test was met with glee by the nation's media on Monday which said "the spell is broken, the curse is lifted". After a 3-0 hammering by England in the Ashes that ended in August, the relief that Australia had finally got...
  • David Warner admits he went 'too far' in sledging England November 25, 2013

    Hotheaded Australia batsman David Warner concedes he overstepped the mark in sledging England, and Jonathan Trott in particular, during the first Ashes Test but made it clear his comments were strategic and intended to rattle the tourists. Warner, who scored 49 and 124 in Australia's 381-run victory in Brisbane, described Trott's...
  • Mitchell Johnson vows to continue bowling short-pitched November 25, 2013

    Brisbane: Mitchell Johnson on Sunday vowed to continue his fearsome short-pitched bowling through the Ashes series after his man-of-the-match performance in Australia's emphatic win over England at the Gabba. The left-arm speedster was the difference between the sides with his intimidatory bowling and he finished with nine match wickets for 103,...