Ben Stokes  takes a catch at fifth slip as Jimmy Anderson takes his fifth wicket to remove Australia’s Mitchell Johnson during the first day of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Photograph:   Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Third Test, day one: Australia 136; England 133-3 All the England bowlers have craved in order to contest this series is a little bit of help. Give th(...)

England captain  Alastair Cook  knocks the ball in the air before taking a catch to dismiss Australia’s Brad Haddin during the first Test at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph:    Philip Brown/Reuters/Livepic

Day 4: England 430 & 289 beat Australia 308 & 242 by 169 runs Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali led England’s charge to a 169-run victory over Austr(...)

England batsman Mark Wood hits a six off Australia spin bowler Nathan Lyon  during the first  Ashes Test at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph:   Nick Potts/PA

Close Day 3: England 430 & 289 lead Australia 308 by 411 runs There can be a fine line between controlled aggression and recklessness, and for a (...)

England batsman  Joe Root in action on his way to a century during the first day of the first Ashes Test against Australia in Cardiff. Photograph:     Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Close of Day 1: England 343-7 There are, a consensus has it, four outstanding young batsmen in the world today, playing, in all forms of the game, at (...)

Australia opener Chris Rodgers has apologised for his role in the unsactioned resale of tickets for this summer’s Ashes Test at Lord’s. Photograph: Getty

The Australian opener Chris Rogers offered an apology for his role in the unsanctioned resale of Ashes tickets for this summer’s Test at Lord’s but(...)

India captain MS Dhoni trudges off after being run out by Glenn Maxwell during Australia’s World Cup semi final win over India at the SCG. Photograph: Getty

With blissful ease compared to their cousins across the Tasman Australia cruised into Sunday’s World Cup final in Melbourne.A polished century by the (...)

 Kane Williamson and Trent Boult of New Zealand celebrate victory in  the  Cricket World Cup match against  Australia  at Eden Park  in Auckland. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Kane Williamson coolly struck a straight six to give New Zealand a one wicket victory over Australia in a dramatic battle between the cricket World Cu(...)

England captain Eoin Morgan was dismissed by Mitchell Marsh for yet another duck as Australia cruised to victory in their World Cup opener. (Photogaph: REUTERS/Hamish Blair)

England suffered a crushing 111-run defeat to Australia to begin their World Cup campaign in Melbourne.England were made to pay for dropping centurion(...)

England captain Eoin Morgan rescued his side’s innings with a century but Australia still cruised to a three wicket victory at the SCG. (Photograph: REUTERS/Steve Christo)

Eoin Morgan’s determined century spared England embarrassment but could not prevent defeat as David Warner eased Australia to a three-wicket victory i(...)

Australia captain Steve Smith broke Sir Donald Dradman’s record as he finished the series against India on 769 runs following hos 71 on day four of the final test at the SCG.

Skipper Steve Smith led the way with another torrent of runs as Australia raced to 251 for six and a lead of 348 over India before rain stopped play (...)