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Australian ODI squad named with Maxwell and Wade omitted

Captain Smith says Maxwell could ‘train a little bit smarter’Ashes wicketkeeper Tim Paine replaces Matthew WadeGlenn Maxwell has been axed from Australia’s ODI squad.Selectors have named a 14-man squad for an upcoming fi ...

Guardian Wednesday, 3rd January 2018, 1:59AM - Read article


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Stars playing 'terrible' Big Bash League cricket, says Glenn Maxwell

Melbourne Stars in last place in BBL after third-straight defeatMaxwell described nine-wicket loss to Brisbane Heat as ‘putrid’Glenn Maxwell savaged a “putrid” performance from the Melbourne Stars after they fell to a th ...

Guardian Wednesday, 3rd January 2018, 12:36AM - Read article


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Joe Root looks to the future as he spells out England’s four-year plan

• Root looking for SCG Test win as a platform for rest of the year• ‘As a captain I think tactically I’ve been quite good,’ says captainJoe Root has admitted to a twinge of jealousy when it comes to the sheer volume of r ...

Guardian Tuesday, 2nd January 2018, 10:00PM - Read article


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Ashton Agar eyes Ashes return four years after memorable debut

After scoring 98 in his 2013 Ashes innings, younger spinner’s potential return could signal end of Steve O’Keefe’s Test careerFor a long time, Ashton Agar had the debatable distinction of being both a ‘where were you whe ...

Guardian Tuesday, 2nd January 2018, 6:00PM - Read article


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MCG pitch rated poor by ICC after dismal fourth Ashes Test

• ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle submits critical report• Cricket Australia now have 14 days to respondThe MCG pitch used for the Boxing Day Ashes Test has been rated poor by the International Cricket Council.The hea ...

Guardian Tuesday, 2nd January 2018, 4:05PM - Read article


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Mason Crane must be given the chance to get it wrong on Ashes debut | Jason Gillespie

The young leg-spinner needs to be allowed to strive to bowl his best ball as often as possible – just as Allan Border did with Shane WarneIf Mason Crane makes his England debut in Sydney this week then expectations shoul ...

Guardian Tuesday, 2nd January 2018, 10:49AM - Read article


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Sport calendar 2018: your essential guide to the next 12 months

The World Cup in Russia headlines a busy year that will also feature the Ryder Cup, Winter Olympics in South Korea and the return of Andy Murray(All dates in brackets are ‘until’)All football fixtures are available here ...

Guardian Tuesday, 2nd January 2018, 12:01AM - Read article


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Trevor Bayliss backs Mason Crane for England debut in final Ashes Test

• Young spinner set to become third new cap of England’s tour• ‘We think he’s a guy that has got the goods,’ says BaylissTrevor Bayliss believes the time is right to launch Mason Crane’s Test career as England head into ...

Guardian Monday, 1st January 2018, 6:00PM - Read article


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2018: A big year for...

2018 promises to be an enthralling year, with India testing their Test-match mettle on the road and Ireland and Afghanistan set for their first forays into the five-day format.

Sky Sports Monday, 1st January 2018, 11:30AM - Read article


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India’s blind cricketers are champions – but money is still a sticky wicket

Unlike India’s superstar players, blind cricketers manage with minimal support. Could World Cup success finally bring them the funding they deserve?They are brilliant exponents of India’s best-loved game, a sport that ro ...

Guardian Monday, 1st January 2018, 5:00AM - Read article


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Jimmy Anderson calls for big hundreds and 90mph Ashes X-factor

England’s best bowler drove himself harder than ever into the unyielding pitch in Melbourne and his blueprint for future success in Australia deserves to be heardJimmy Anderson has never bowled as many overs in a Test ma ...

Guardian Sunday, 31st December 2017, 6:00PM - Read article


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Tom Jenkins’s best sports photos of 2017

The Guardian and Observer sport photographer Tom Jenkins selects his favourite images from 2017 and recalls how each one was created20mm lens 1/1250 f4 ISO 1000 Continue reading...

Guardian Sunday, 31st December 2017, 12:01PM - Read article


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Alastair Cook and David Warner: two Test maestros playing to a different beat | Jason Gillespie

Cook’s 244no in Melbourne underlined his status as a great of the game, just as Warner’s versatility showed there is no one-size-fits-all route to successCricket is a sport of wonderful contrasts and during the Melbourne ...

Guardian Sunday, 31st December 2017, 11:07AM - Read article


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The sporting year ahead: 18 dates for your diary in 2018

Russia’s ethical World Cup adventure, Nigeria’s bobsleigh stars at the Winter Olympics, and a welcome helping of London 2012 nostalgia Russia 14 June - 15 July Related: Fifa removed investigator on trail of Russia World ...

Guardian Sunday, 31st December 2017, 10:00AM - Read article


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Dawid Malan set to take Ben Stokes' place in England's ODI squad

Middlesex left-hander to get chance to continue upward trajectoryAcceptance Stokes’ legal situation will not change in time for one-day seriesDawid Malan is set to be added to England’s one-day squad to face Australia af ...

Guardian Sunday, 31st December 2017, 8:00AM - Read article


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The Final Word: the MCG's 'bowl of porridge' pitch and farewell to 2017 – podcast

In the latest episode of our Ashes podcast, Geoff Lemon and Adam Collins get together to dissect the fourth Test, review 2017 and look to the year aheadGeoff and Adam begin this week by analysing the drop-in pitch at the ...

Guardian Sunday, 31st December 2017, 1:53AM - Read article


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Steve Smith cuts through the MCG mire to add another day of wonderstats | Adam Collins

With Australia wobbling on the final day, their captain strode to the middle and took complete control with yet another imperious centuryFor the briefest moment, it looked like it might have all been worth it. That after ...

Guardian Saturday, 30th December 2017, 10:56AM - Read article


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England finally showed their true abilities at MCG, says Joe Root

• Tourists halt Australia’s march towards whitewash with draw in Melbourne• ‘It was very pleasing. That’s what we are about as a side’Joe Root praised his players for finally giving a true reflection of their abilities d ...

Guardian Saturday, 30th December 2017, 8:57AM - Read article


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Steve Smith century frustrates England as Australia save fourth Ashes Test

Match drawn after Australia’s captain hits unbeaten 102 on day five at MCGEngland fail to capitalise on wickets of David Warner and Shaun MarshThere was still no way past Steve Smith. The pitch may have been as docile as ...

Guardian Saturday, 30th December 2017, 5:58AM - Read article


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Ashton Agar drafted into Australia's Test squad for Ashes finale

Spinner a chance to play alongside Nathan Lyon at SCGAgar has recovered from a broken finger sustained in SeptemberLeft-arm spinner Ashton Agar has been drafted into Australia’s Test squad, winning the race to be Nathan ...

Guardian Saturday, 30th December 2017, 12:43AM - Read article


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