England’s Steven Finn gets an edge through to Ian Bell to dismiss Australia batsman Adam Voges during the third Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Photograph: Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Day two, close: Australia 136 & 168-7 lead England 281 by 23 runs Steven Finn, with a five-wicket haul on his return to Test cricket, has (...)

 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(...)

 Mitchell Johnson took the wickets of Gary Ballance and Joe Root as Australia dominated the second day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s. Photograph: PA

Australia have the second Test by the throat. After Steve Smith had consolidated his first day efforts by making 215 before he was lbw reverse sweepin(...)

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 (...)

Australias Chris Rogers walks back to the pavilion after losing his wicket for 95 runs during play on the second day of the opening Ashes Test match against England at The Swalec Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Getty.

Close of Day 2: Australia 264-5 trail England 430 by 166 runs This first Test appears to have some uncanny overtones of the famous match in Cardiff si(...)

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 (...)

England’s Eoin Morgan in action against New Zealand. Photo: Philip Brown/Reuters

Eoin Morgan was centre stage as England breezed to a national record run chase of 350 to level the Royal London Series at 2-2 and set up a weekend dec(...)

England’s Ben Stokes celebrates taking the wicket of New Zealand’s Mark Craig during the fifth day of the first Test match between at Lord’s . Photograph: Getty Images

Ben Stokes was in the thick of the action again as England completed a once highly improbable victory in the first c Test by bowling New Zealand out i(...)

England bowler Stuart Broad  celebrates as wicketkeeper Jos Buttler catches New Zealand batsman  Ross Taylor down the legside during day three of the first Test at Lord’s. Photo: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

England are battling to stay in contention at Lord’s, and avoid a false start to their Ashes summer, after conceding a 134-run first-innings advantage(...)

New Zealand’s Matt Henry celebrates taking the wicket of England’s Joe Root on 98 during day one of the first Test at Lord’s.  Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA  .

Cricket days like this are heaven-sent. Sunlit Lord’s, chattering crowd, shirtsleeve order in the pavilion, flags hanging lifeless on the poles, and i(...)