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Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England fourth Test, day five – live!

Updates from the final day of play at the MCGFire off an email to Jonathan or get in touch on Twitter @JPHowcroft 10.40pm GMT I’ve been reminded by Gary Naylor that England have previous when it comes to losing the unlos ...

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'This moment is for you': how women's sport rocked 2017 and pointed to the future

The Adelaide Crows broke the dam wall and the Matildas had a year of unrivalled highlights but pay disparity remains• Sam Kerr: ‘Everyone wants to jump on board and be a Matildas fan’With three seconds remaining on the c ...

Guardian Friday, 29th December 2017, 9:59PM - Read article


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David Warner holds fire in Ashes patience game with Jimmy Anderson | Adam Collins

The Australian opener demonstrated his maturity and judgment in a duel with the England seamer that showcased two masters of their craftThe impulse on sodden days is to say nothing much happened but there is a joy in our ...

Guardian Friday, 29th December 2017, 1:38PM - Read article


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Three memories of cricket in 2017

Continuing on from his reviews of 2014, 2015 and 2016, Gary picks out a few moments to savour from 2017 – including an all-time great batting performanceBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog, part of the Guardian Spo ...

Guardian Friday, 29th December 2017, 12:13PM - Read article


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The best sports photos of 2017 – video

Here we've selected our favourite sports images from 2017: from surfers riding the Hawaiian waves and Rory Best's encounter with a Maori Warrior to Mo Farah's stunned reaction after another world title and David Warner t ...

Guardian Friday, 29th December 2017, 11:00AM - Read article


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Ashes ball-tampering claims just ‘pommie-bashing’, says Trevor Bayliss

• Bayliss says umpires told him there was no substance to ball-tampering claims• Local media picked up on footage of Anderson running fingernail down seamEngland were cleared of ball-tampering during the fourth Ashes Tes ...

Guardian Friday, 29th December 2017, 9:52AM - Read article


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Rain puts paid to attritional day of Ashes cricket at MCG

Australia end rain-affected day on 103-2, 61 runs behind EnglandAlastair Cook registers highest ever score by an opener carrying his batA grim, grey day in Melbourne and a glum one for the game. It was almost a relief wh ...

Guardian Friday, 29th December 2017, 6:44AM - Read article


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

Live updates from day four at the MCGEmail Adam here or Tweet him here, if you fancyDay three report: Cook gives England controlAli Martin: Moeen cameo troubling for England 11.27pm GMT Right, I’m into the ground. And ca ...

Guardian Thursday, 28th December 2017, 11:27PM - Read article


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Bad Day Boof turns into Sad Day Smudge for Australia’s Ashes captain | Adam Collins

In addition to his speed machines enduring a slowdown and England’s Alastair Cook in imperious nick, Steve Smith experienced a sudden bout of butter fingers on a draining third day for Australia’s main manYou know it has ...

Guardian Thursday, 28th December 2017, 4:00PM - Read article


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The biggest sporting moments of 2017 in 60 seconds – video

Roger Federer's stunning win over Rafa Nadal in the final of the Australian Open, Usain Bolt running in his final athletics championships, Neymar joining PSG – 2017 was packed full of huge moments in sport and here we lo ...

Guardian Thursday, 28th December 2017, 11:00AM - Read article


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Alastair Cook feared England career might be over before double century

• ‘I’ve actually been embarrassed about my performances’• Australia concede hopes of an Ashes whitewash are likely overAlastair Cook feared his England career could finally be coming to an end before the masterful unbeat ...

Guardian Thursday, 28th December 2017, 9:51AM - Read article


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Moeen Ali’s Scarface batting cameo fun for fans but troubling for England | Ali Martin

The all-rounder is delivering little with bat or ball and his crazed approach to scoring 20 at the MCG may nudge selectors to make a change for SydneyMoeen Ali boasts five Test centuries, comes in at first drop for Worce ...

Guardian Thursday, 28th December 2017, 9:15AM - Read article


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Alastair Cook’s double century puts England in control of fourth Ashes Test

• Australia 327; England 491-9• Lead by 164 runs after Cook ends day three on 244 not outIt was back to business for Alastair Cook on the third day. He batted for another six and a-half hours, posting the highest score a ...

Guardian Thursday, 28th December 2017, 7:44AM - Read article


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Australia v England: fourth Ashes Test, day three – live!

Live updates from day three at the MCGEmail Geoff here or Tweet him here, if you fancyDay two report: Cook ends century drought 12.10am GMT 66th over: England 212-2 (Cook 117, Root 56) Root has been quiet for a time, but ...

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Alastair Cook savours Ashes century but rues not hitting form much earlier

England opener was left with feelings of relief and frustration after his hundred on the second day at Melbourne ended a personal drought with the batAlastair Cook was left with feelings of relief and frustration after h ...

Guardian Thursday, 28th December 2017, 12:08AM - Read article


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Lifeless MCG pitch allows re-energised England to rise from the dead | Adam Collins

The absence of Mitchell Starc and illness of Pat Cummins were mitigating factors but after a damning day for Australia at least some fingers should be pointing at 22 yards of Melbourne blandnessIf, as the Libertines sang ...

Guardian Wednesday, 27th December 2017, 4:00PM - Read article


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Alastair Cook has moment of catharsis on England’s best day of Ashes tour | Ali Martin

The opener, who likes it hot and famously never sweats, silenced some swirling chatter about his future with a century at the bloomin’ boiling MCGIf you don’t like the weather in Melbourne, wait 10 minutes. Or so the say ...

Guardian Wednesday, 27th December 2017, 11:30AM - Read article


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Stuart Broad backs Alastair Cook to ram home England’s advantage at MCG

• ‘That was Cooky at his best. You know he’s not just happy with a hundred’• Jimmy Anderson praises Broad after England take Ashes fight to AustraliaStuart Broad hopes Alastair Cook can turn his first Ashes century in si ...

Guardian Wednesday, 27th December 2017, 9:58AM - Read article


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Alastair Cook ends Ashes century drought after England skittle Australia

• Australia 327; England 192-2• Broad, Anderson and Root also fire on England’s best day of series so farThis was how it was supposed to be from the start with the senior citizens showing the way. Sadly it took until the ...

Guardian Wednesday, 27th December 2017, 7:43AM - Read article


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A day at the Ashes: soft eyes fall into a collective cricket coma | Brigid Delaney's diary

You’ve got to pace yourself at the Boxing Day Test, especially when a lot of the action is at the barIt’s Boxing Day, and my Uber driver picks me up and tries to guess my destination: the sales or the cricket.In Melbourn ...

Guardian Wednesday, 27th December 2017, 5:01AM - Read article


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