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Usman Khawaja: When I am scoring runs I’m elegant, when I’m not I’m lazy | Adam Collins

The Australia batsman fired back at the criticism that has dogged his Test career with a memorable first Ashes century, achieved in his home townLazy. Soft. Doesn’t care. Mark Waugh heard it all and more from the moment ...

Guardian Saturday, 6th January 2018, 12:58PM - Read article


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Jimmy Anderson working harder than ever – and that should worry England | Ali Martin

The 35-year-old seamer has bowled more deliveries than ever in this Ashes campaign and it is hard to imagine a successor coping with such a gruelling slogThe fifth ball after tea on the third day in sizzling Sydney was i ...

Guardian Saturday, 6th January 2018, 11:00AM - Read article


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England’s Jonny Bairstow claims DRS disparity is ‘messing with careers’

• Fifth Test, day three: Australia 479-4 v England 346 all out• England wicketkeeper Bairstow unhappy at DRS inconsistencies• Gripe referred to late overturned late on Mitchell MarshJonny Bairstow spoke of inconsistencie ...

Guardian Saturday, 6th January 2018, 10:04AM - Read article


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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 wicketsThe pink Test, now its tenth year ...

Guardian Saturday, 6th January 2018, 7:43AM - Read article


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

Over-by-over updates from the Sydney Cricket GroundEngland’s Crane passes the Warne test on Ashes debutKhawaja plays it cagey in battle to preserve Test placeEmail jonathan.howcroft.freelance@guardian.co.uk | Tweet @JPHo ...

Guardian Friday, 5th January 2018, 10:38PM - Read article


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

Australia No3’s decision to replace the natural with the essential pays off as he approaches a maiden Ashes century in the fifth TestUsman Khawaja learned to bat within a cover drive of the SCG. There was a natural roman ...

Guardian Friday, 5th January 2018, 2:00PM - Read article


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England’s Mason Crane passes the Shane Warne test on Ashes debut | Ali Martin

The 20-year-old generated oohs and aahs from deliveries that troubled Australia’s batsmen and had Warne praising his line and ability to spin the ball hardThe second day of the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney was one of crisp ...

Guardian Friday, 5th January 2018, 12:11PM - Read article


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Ashes: Khawaja keeps Australia on top of England in fifth Test – video report

Australia remain in control of the fifth Ashes Test, closing day two in Sydney 193-2. England's lower order provided some hope as the tourist racked up a first innings total of 346. Usman Khawaja put the hosts firmly bac ...

Guardian Friday, 5th January 2018, 10:15AM - Read article


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Australia in charge of fifth Ashes Test after Usman Khawaja’s unbeaten 91

• Fifth Test, day two: Australia 193-2 v England 346 all out• Australia trail by 153 runs with eight wickets remainingThere was little respite for England’s tourists as the temperature rose in Sydney. There was a time wh ...

Guardian Friday, 5th January 2018, 7:27AM - Read article


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

Over-by-over updates from the fifth Ashes Test in SydneyDay one: Australia gain edge after late England wicketsSend your emails to Adam or tweet him @CollinsAdam 11.22pm GMT 85th over: England 236-5 (Malan 56, Moeen 2) H ...

Guardian Thursday, 4th January 2018, 11:22PM - Read article


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Australia paceman Pat Cummins puts down marker for a glittering 2018 | Adam Collins

The 24-year-old can look forward to his first year of uninterrupted Test cricket after an Ashes that looks to have laid to rest an injury-plagued start to his careerSydney is a city of celebration in January. A place tha ...

Guardian Thursday, 4th January 2018, 3:00PM - Read article


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Dawid Malan backs Jonny Bairstow’s decision to turn down nightwatchman

• Malan: ‘It takes a lot of guts to go against what people normally do’• Graeme Swann ’flummoxed’ by England’s last-over calamityDawid Malan was surprised when Jonny Bairstow rather than a nightwatchman emerged late on t ...

Guardian Thursday, 4th January 2018, 11:58AM - Read article


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Ashes: Australia on top as England lose two late wickets – video report

England finished day one of the fifth Ashes Test 233-5 after losing Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow late on in Sydney. The tourists struggled with the bat initially but the England captain and Dawid Malan fought back their w ...

Guardian Thursday, 4th January 2018, 11:20AM - Read article


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England’s James Vince takes the bait again in another maddening Ashes knock | Ali Martin

England’s No3 once more played with panache before being snared outside off-stump, and the selectors may question whether to stick with him in New ZealandSitting directly opposite the Members’ Pavilion at the Sydney Cric ...

Guardian Thursday, 4th January 2018, 11:01AM - Read article


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Australia gain edge after late England wickets scupper Joe Root’s Ashes revival

• England 233-5 v Australia• Australia gain edge after removing Root and Bairstow with new ballJoe Root set out in search of his inner Steve Smith on a sunlit Sydney evening. But he could not quite find him. He was Engla ...

Guardian Thursday, 4th January 2018, 8:37AM - Read article


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

Updates from the final Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket GroundSteve Smith, Betteridge’s Law and the mythology of Don BradmanAnd you can drop Geoff an email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 12.06am GMT “Just watching Swanny pres ...

Guardian Thursday, 4th January 2018, 12:06AM - Read article


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Steve Smith, Betteridge’s Law and the mythology of Don Bradman | Andy Bull

The Don’s standing is, and always will be, unsurpassed. Not because of his statistical brilliance, but because of the context of his careerIt’s an old Fleet Street adage that any headline ending with a question mark is b ...

Guardian Wednesday, 3rd January 2018, 12:43PM - Read article


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The art of watching dull cricket

Do you ever find yourself bored by too few (or too many) runs? Here is a handy guide to keep yourself entertained in those uneventful stretchesBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog, part of the Guardian Sport Network ...

Guardian Wednesday, 3rd January 2018, 11:00AM - Read article


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Sydney out to win pitch battle while England look to Mason Crane for a lift | Vic Marks

England remain up for the fight in the final Ashes Test in Sydney, where there is the feeling the pitch will offer something to all bowlersThe rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney is no myth. Over a century ago it was so ...

Guardian Wednesday, 3rd January 2018, 7:30AM - Read article


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Leg-spinner Crane to make Ashes Test debut at injured Woakes' expense

20-year-old from Hampshire to debut for England in fifth Test in SydneyWoakes is unfit with side strain meaning Curran and Moeen retain placesJoe Root confirmed that Mason Crane, the 20-year-old leg-spinner from Hampshir ...

Guardian Wednesday, 3rd January 2018, 3:04AM - Read article


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