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Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England third Test, day four – live!

Updates from the potentially-decisive test at the WacaEngland’s Farbrace admits Smith ‘stirring’ has valid basisSend Geoff an email | Tweet @GeoffLemonSport 3.16am GMT 161st over: Australia 571-7 (Paine 8, Cummins 3) Utt ...

Guardian Sunday, 17th December 2017, 3:16AM - Read article


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Anya Shrubsole: ‘To have a female cricketer on the Spoty shortlist is special’

England’s World Cup final match-winner completes a remarkable year on Sunday night but says she owes everything to her team-matesIt was when switching on her phone after disembarking a flight from Australia that Anya Shr ...

Guardian Saturday, 16th December 2017, 7:00PM - Read article


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Ashes: Australia in control over England after Steve Smith double century – video report

Australia captain Steve Smith scored a magnificent double century at the Waca on Saturday to put his side within sight of an Ashes series win over England. Smith finished the day 229 not out with Mitchell Marsh also unbe ...

Guardian Saturday, 16th December 2017, 2:12PM - Read article


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Mitchell Marsh finally makes his mark for Australia after coming through 'bad place'

Marsh hits Ashes 181 not out against England in Perth but says during ‘shoulder rehab I thought I wouldn’t get back’Mitchell Marsh has never hidden behind his all?rounder status to shirk his primary responsibility. To pl ...

Guardian Saturday, 16th December 2017, 1:32PM - Read article


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England’s Paul Farbrace admits Steve Smith ‘stirring’ has valid basis

• ‘We don’t have bowlers bowling 90mph-plus,’ says assistant coach at Ashes• Michael Vaughan bemoans England’s lack of pace: ‘It is a disastrous day’After inflicting one of England’s most chastening days of Ashes cricket ...

Guardian Saturday, 16th December 2017, 1:12PM - Read article


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England’s creeping dread materialises in day of Ashes flagellation at the Waca | Ali Martin

Flat is the word that summed up the bowlers as Australia highlighted what is required in these parts and what England so badly lackLess than an hour into play on the third morning, after Steve Smith had chalked up his se ...

Guardian Saturday, 16th December 2017, 11:46AM - Read article


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Steve Smith’s double ton has Australia motoring out of England’s Ashes sight

• Third Ashes Test, day three: England 403; Australia 549-4• Steve Smith hits his highest Test score, unbeaten on 229England have been this way before so a sense of foreboding is rife. In the 21st century a first-innings ...

Guardian Saturday, 16th December 2017, 10:09AM - Read article


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

Live updates from the third Test in PerthEmail Adam with your thoughts, or tweet him hereDay two report: Australia fight back after England collapseAdam Collins: England must get Smith out or lose Ashes 4.02am GMT 82nd o ...

Guardian Saturday, 16th December 2017, 4:02AM - Read article


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England hope Terminator Stuart Broad can conjure magical Ashes spell | Barney Ronay

Broad’s powers are waning but he remains competitive and one of those giddy bowling spells of his will surely come again. The Ashes would be just the stageA theory has been doing the rounds in my household about the Indi ...

Guardian Friday, 15th December 2017, 7:09PM - Read article


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Steve Smith: the man who hides his genius in plain sight

Steve Smith is no longer vying to be saluted as the best batsman in the world. His challenge is now to be recognised as the second best batsman in historyBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog, part of the Guardian Sp ...

Guardian Friday, 15th December 2017, 5:30PM - Read article


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Ashes: England collapse as Australia dictate day two – video report

England started the day in a good position, with both surviving batters from day one picking up centuries, but then contrived to lose their last six wickets for just 35 runs. Australia took control of the third test and ...

Guardian Friday, 15th December 2017, 5:12PM - Read article


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It is simple for England: get Steve Smith out or lose the Ashes | Adam Collins

The Australia captain is fully aware of his role as the main character in every story these sides write but the next move in the third Test is down to Joe RootThe roar Joe Root let out when he reviewed correctly to dismi ...

Guardian Friday, 15th December 2017, 2:03PM - Read article


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Jonny Bairstow transformed from the butt of Ashes jokes into a series centurion | Ali Martin

In the city where his bizarre first contact with Cameron Bancroft occurred, the England keeper used his head to score a ton and earn the Waca’s acclaimFrom being the butt of the jokes in Brisbane to knocking his head aga ...

Guardian Friday, 15th December 2017, 1:21PM - Read article


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Sports quiz of the week: Ashes centuries, Ballon d'Or records and a quick finish

Who won three in a row? Who is ‘super proud’? And who gave no more? Who has declared himself "the proudest man in Proudsville"?Pep Guardiola Steve SmithDawid MalanSean DycheWhy will Aljaz Bedene, Britain’s No2 tennis pla ...

Guardian Friday, 15th December 2017, 12:55PM - Read article


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Steve Smith leads Australia fightback after England tail collapses

• England 403; Australia 203-3• Hosts regain initiative after Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan hundredsEngland had their foot on the jugular after an hour’s play on Friday but they could not keep it there for long. When En ...

Guardian Friday, 15th December 2017, 10:26AM - Read article


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Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England third Test, day two – live!

Updates from the second day of play at the Waca in PerthDay one report: Malan maiden ton sets up strong England startAnd feel free to email Adam or fire him a tweet @collinsadam 2.14am GMT Paris Bob Wilson, tell us a sto ...

Guardian Friday, 15th December 2017, 2:14AM - Read article


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Ashes: Dawid Malan century gives England strong start over Australia – video report

England were in trouble on day one of the third Ashes Test before Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow took control of proceedings in Perth. Malan made his maiden Test century and was 110 not out at stumps while Bairstow made ...

Guardian Thursday, 14th December 2017, 2:51PM - Read article


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England forced to work hard for their considerable first-day gains at Ashes | Adam Collins

Only once since speed-gun records began has a group of quick bowlers averaged a faster speed than Australia’s did on the first day of the Waca TestIf the plan was to manage expectations ahead of the Waca’s final Ashes fl ...

Guardian Thursday, 14th December 2017, 2:37PM - Read article


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Dawid Malan close to tears after his maiden century in third Ashes Test

• Unbeaten 110 witnessed by his parents, who had flown over from South Africa• Player started tour as one of three batsmen dubbed ‘no-name’ by AustraliansDawid Malan joked about overcoming the jump from facing “78mph dib ...

Guardian Thursday, 14th December 2017, 1:13PM - Read article


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Mark Stoneman courage on show in eye of Australian storm at Ashes Test

As the England opener trudged off with 56 to his name, debate was already raging as to the process by which his Test best had been snuffed outWhen it comes to telling the story of Mark Stoneman’s first day of Test cricke ...

Guardian Thursday, 14th December 2017, 12:12PM - Read article


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