REPORT: The Ashes, Fourth Test

Tweet Matt Cooper reports from the Melbourne Cricket Ground. DAY FIVE  Yet another hundred for Australia’s captain Steve Smith ended England’s hopes of a consolation win in the fourth Ashes Test. Smith resumed the day alongside vice-captain David Warner, knowing Australia needed to bat all day to save the Test after some helpful assistance from the weather the previous day meant England had lost nearly two full sessions with which to bowl Australia out in. With the news that Cricket Australia had made the decision to charge $30 for final…

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Crane’s Ashes Ambition

Tweet Worthing CC cricketer Mason Crane is set to make his England debut in the first Ashes Test at Brisbane on November 23. The 20-year-old is the only fit spinner in the squad as Moeen Ali continues to recover from a side strain. Many have questioned the inclusion of Crane and believe a player of such tender years and limited experience may crumble under the pressure, but good friend and Worthing Chairman Tim Dunn says this won’t be the case. Dunn said: “There is no one readier than him. Confidence…

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Stephen Finn ruled out of the Ashes

Tweet Stephen Finn has been ruled out of the 2017-18 Ashes series after a scan revealed he has torn his left knee cartilage. The 28-year-old pace bowler replaced Ben Stokes, following his nightclub altercation which forced him to be dropped from the Ashes squad. Finn was injured in training on Thursday. Finn revealed in an interview last Wednesday: “I am eager to get my teeth into the warm-up matches and I certainly have a point to prove.” The Middlesex seamer will return to the UK in the coming days to…

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Western Australia XI vs England – Ashes warm-up match

Tweet   England made a good start to their tour of Australia with some impressive performances against Western Australia XI. England named a strong line-up with the likes of Alastair Cook, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow all batting. Their opponents, in contrast named a young and experienced side with an average age of just 22. On day one, it was the experienced players who failed to perform with Cook out second ball and Root falling for 9. On the other hand the less experienced test players impressed with Mark Stoneman…

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