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(...)

England capitulated to 103 all out to hand Australia a 405 run win in the second Ashes Test match at Lord’s. Photograph: Afp

England descended to an embarrassing 405-run defeat inside four days at Lord’s as Mitchell Johnson hastened their collapse and Australia levelled the (...)

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 Jonny Bairstow celebrates after hitting the winning runs during the fifth one-day international match between England and New Zealand at Chester-le-Street. Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP

Supersub Jonny Bairstow pulled off a thrilling three-wicket win for England to clinch their record-breaking series 3-2 against New Zealand. Bairstow ((...)

England’s Jos Butler (right) and James Anderson stand dejected after losing the 2nd test to New Zealand, during day five of the Investec Second Test at Headingley. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

England descended with barely a whimper to a 199-run defeat at Headingley as New Zealand bowled them out on the final day of the second Test to earn a(...)

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(...)