The Ashes

  • End of an era as humiliated England ponder future 06-01-2014 12:04 PM

    Sydney: Just how an England team that arrived in Perth last October confident of winning a fourth straight Ashes series ended up capitulating 5-0 will be subject of much soul-searching over the next few months. The dispiriting defeat at the hands of an Australia team, which even their most ardent...
  • I am 'good as gold': Pietersen quashes retirement talk 24-12-2013 11:17 AM

    Melbourne: Colourful England batsman Kevin Pietersen rebuffed suggestions on Tuesday that he might be next to quit after Graeme Swann's shock exit and expressed "less than zero" interest in the spinner's retirement saga. Pietersen, who notched his 100th Test during this Ashes series in Brisbane, also brushed off questions about...
  • 3rd Test: Australia beat England at Perth, reclaim the Ashes 17-12-2013 11:30 AM

    Perth: Michael Clarke's Australians regained the Ashes just four months after the last series defeat in England by completing a third comprehensive Test victory on home soil. Resuming at 251 for 5 on the last day of the third Test, England lost only one wicket in Tuesday's morning session but...
  • Let's take on Australia: Prior urges England 11-12-2013 12:49 PM

    Perth: Matt Prior is urging his England team-mates to dispense with the survival instinct and take the fight up to Mitchell Johnson, or forget about retaining the Ashes. Johnson has taken 17 wickets already in Australia's first two victories, peppering the English batsmen with short-pitch bowling at express pace. Making...
  • Ashes, 2nd Test: Australia lead by 530 after Johnson show on Day 3 07-12-2013 01:16 PM

    Adelaide: Mitchell Johnson tormented England by taking seven wickets with some fearsome fast bowling on Saturday and Australia's batsmen compounded the pressure by extending the lead to 530 runs with two days remaining in the second Ashes Test. It was a hectic third day at the Adelaide Oval, with 12...
  • Give Trott time to recover, says Alastair Cook 05-12-2013 11:55 AM

    Adelaide: England captain Alastair Cook said on Wednesday it was important to give Jonathan Trott time and space to recover from the stress illness that forced him out of the Ashes series in Australia. Trott left the tour after he twice fell cheaply to Mitchell Johnson in England's heavy 381-run...
  • Cricket Australia apologises for tweeting 'racial' image on Panesar 05-12-2013 10:21 AM

    Adelaide: Cricket Australia apologised on Thursday after being criticised on social media for a clumsy joke involving England spinner Monty Panesar posted on Twitter during the opening day of the second Ashes Test. A picture of four men wearing turbans posing in a corridor was posted on the governing body's...
  • As it happened: 2nd Ashes Test, Day 1 05-12-2013 05:06 AM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: Australia won the toss and Michael Clarke decided to bat. TEAM NEWS: Australia retained the same XI. Ben Stokes makes his debut for England, with the visitors also bringing in Monty Panesar to partner offspinner Graeme Swann. Playing...
  • Australia name Bollinger, Coulter-Nile as Perth cover 04-12-2013 02:35 PM

    Australia have put fast bowlers Doug Bollinger and Nathan Coulter-Nile on standby for next week's third Ashes Test against England in Perth should any of the current pacemen break down during the second Test in Adelaide, starting on Thursday. The Adelaide Oval's drop-in pitch is expected to favour batsmen and...
  • Australia pacer James Pattinson returns to action 29-11-2013 03:23 PM

    Australia paceman James Pattinson will make a tentative return to competitive cricket when he lines up for Melbourne club Dandenong this weekend, raising his hopes of taking part in the Ashes after being sidelined with a back injury. "We can confirm he is returning as a batsman only at this...
  • Australia don't mind opening England's Trott wounds 29-11-2013 11:08 AM

    Melbourne: Australia will leave no stone unturned to find ways of unsettling England during the Ashes, even if it involves raising the sensitive issue of Jonathan Trott's troubles out on the field. England's number three batsman left the tour this week to deal with a stress-related illness after failing twice...
  • Brief spell of 'madness' in Brisbane cost England, says Broad 27-11-2013 12:07 PM

    Alice Springs, Australia: England pace bowler Stuart Broad says his side lost the first Ashes Test to Australia after a short "bit of madness" and plans to play tougher in the second Test beginning December 5 in Adelaide. England lost the first Test by 381 runs in four days and...
  • I'm concerned about Australia, not England: Darren Lehmann 27-11-2013 09:08 AM

    Australia coach Darren Lehmann has no plans to meet Andy Flower to defuse any lingering tension from the spiteful first Test in Brisbane and said the England team director needed to worry about his own players rather than their opponents. Australia thrashed the tourists by 381 runs at the Gabba...
  • Happiness more important than cricket, Harmison tells Trott 26-11-2013 03:26 PM

    Having gone through a similar ordeal, former England paceman Steve Harmison would prefer to see troubled batsman Jonathan Trott quit cricket and be happy rather than play and suffer. A day after England were thrashed in the first Ashes Test against Australia by 381 runs, Trott walked out of the...
  • Jonathan Trott leaves Ashes tour with 'stress illness' 25-11-2013 02:00 PM

    Brisbane: England batsman Jonathan Trott has left the team's Ashes tour of Australia with a stress-related illness, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Monday. "Trott will take a break from cricket for the foreseeable future and will take no further part in the tour," the ECB said...
  • England have a lot of soul-searching to do: Vaughan 25-11-2013 09:58 AM

    Former Ashes-winning captain Michael Vaughan fears England's drubbing at the hands of Australia in the first Test in Brisbane could have inflicted long-term damage. Two woeful battling displays and ferocious bowling by Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson condemned England to a 381-run defeat in four days. It was England's second worst...
  • England look scared, says centurion David Warner 23-11-2013 03:39 PM

    Brisbane: After hitting the England bowlers all around the Gabba compiling his first Ashes century, David Warner saved a few shots at the opposition for after stumps. "Our bowlers are bowling fast at the moment. England are on the back foot," he said in a provocative post-stumps news conference on...
  • Australia vs England, 1st Test, Day 2: As it happened 22-11-2013 05:03 AM

    For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page Day 1 Round-up: Stuart Broad took five wickets to put England in charge on the first day of the first Ashes Test despite a battling Australian rearguard that kept the hosts alive at 273 for 8 at the close...
  • As it happened: The Ashes, 1st Test, Day 1 21-11-2013 05:06 AM

    England were relieved to have wicketkeeper Matt Prior back fit as hosts Australia began their bid to reclaim the Ashes by opting to bat first in the opening Test at Brisbane. George Bailey makes his Test debut for Australia while offspinner Nathan Lyon has edged James Faulkner to retain his...
  • Australia ready, previous Ashes loss behind us: Clarke 20-11-2013 09:42 AM

    Brisbane: Michael Clarke is giving nothing away on the eve of the Ashes. Not his starting XI, not comparisons between this and the previous series, not praise nor predictions, not even observations on England. Outwardly, the captaincy style harks back to another era, back in the mid-1980s when Australia was...
  • Media bashing adds spice to the Ashes 18-11-2013 11:33 AM

    Brisbane: The Ashes contest must be imminent. The local newspaper featured a front-page photo of Kevin Pietersen on Monday, describing the England batsman as the "walking ego of world cricket." That was published only hours after the national broadcaster aired the latest in a long line of Australian TV retrospectives...
  • Ashes warm-up: England trail going into final day 15-11-2013 02:57 PM

    Sydney: Opener Aaron Finch hit 59 runs from 60 balls as the Cricket Australia Invitational XI reached 153 for 4 on Friday for a lead of 39 runs over England heading into the last day of the visitors' final match before the start of next Thursday's first Ashes Test at...
  • Warne tears into 'boring' Cook and 'jealous' Ponting 04-11-2013 12:08 PM

    Melbourne: Alastair Cook's captaincy is "negative" and "boring", and could cost England the Ashes if the hosts lift their game, according to former Australia spinner Shane Warne. Cook led England to an emphatic 3-0 victory in the first of back-to-back Ashes this year and is expected to lead the tourists...
  • Australia recall Mitchell Johnson from India with eye on The Ashes 31-10-2013 07:29 PM

    Australia have recalled paceman Mitchell Johnson from the tour of India to help him prepare for his Ashes selection, the country's cricket board said on Thursday. The left-arm pace bowler, who turns 32 on Saturday, will miss the seventh and final one-dayer against India after his impressive performance on the...
  • England bowlers toil in first Ashes warmup 31-10-2013 05:50 PM

    England made a poor start to their Australia tour on Thursday with their fancied bowling attack forced to toil by a second-string Western Australia Chairman's XI at Perth. With most of their frontline players busy on Sheffield Shield duty, the local team was expected to roll over for the tourists...
  • England will go after Aussies with bounce, says Nasser Hussain 23-09-2013 11:23 PM

    London: Australia's batsmen could be fed a diet of bouncers after England named Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Chris Tremlett and Boyd Rankin in their Ashes squad on Monday, said former Test player Nasser Hussain. The tall quartet of pacemen are all capable of bowling at speeds in excess of 90-mph...
  • England hit back at Lehmann's 'dour' jibe 23-09-2013 07:57 PM

    England defended their approach to cricket after Australia coach Darren Lehmann said on Monday they were a "dour side". Although England completed a third-straight Ashes Test series win at home to Australia last month by taking a five-match series 3-0, they were criticised for an excessively defensive approach with both...
  • The Ashes: Monty Panesar in England squad after drunken incident 23-09-2013 05:07 PM

    London: England selectors forgave players for drunken incidents by naming them on Monday in the squad heading to Australia in search for a fourth straight Ashes victory. Spinner Monty Panesar is in the 17-man travelling party despite last month being fined by police for drunk and disorderly conduct - urinating...
  • Australia could have lost Ashes 5-0, says Stuart Broad 19-09-2013 08:35 PM

    London: England fast bowler Stuart Broad on Thursday dismissed claims by Australia coach Darren Lehmann that the tourists were unlucky to lose this year's Ashes series. Lehmann said after England's 3-0 victory that Australia could have won at least two Tests, after the third Test at Old Trafford fell victim...