Gary Ballance

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Steve Smith’s century secured a draw for Australia in the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne. Photograph: Julian Smith/EPA

There was still no way past Steve Smith. The pitch may have been as docile as a lamb yet it still required wonderful concentration from Australia’s ph(...)

 Australia’s captain Steve Smith reacts during the fourth day of the second Ashes Test. Photograph: David Gray/Inpho

The twilight zone. Though 24 hours later than many expected, England got their moment under lights on the fourth evening in Adelaide and through Joe (...)

England Test player Jake Ball visits the Pooldeck at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia. Photo: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

As England’s plane touched down in Brisbane on Sunday the Australia coach, Darren Lehmann, said: “We love playing here.” It is easy to see why, becaus(...)

England bowler James Anderson celebrates dismissing Heino Kuhn of South Africa during their second innings on  day two of the second Test match  at Trent Bridge  in Nottingham. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

South Africa took a firm grip on the second Test at Trent Bridge after a see-saw second day in which 15 wickets tumbled and the fragility of England’(...)

England’s Joe Root and team-mates walk off for tea during day four of the First Investec Test match at Lord’s, London. Photograph: PA

This was an astonishing day for all concerned and it ended with England one up in the series and the tourists in some disarray. In his first Test in c(...)

Toby Roland-Jones of Middlesex is mobbed by his team mates after taking the final wicket of Ryan Sidebottom of Yorkshire to win the match and the County Championship at Lords. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Middlesex claimed their first County Championship since 1993 after defeating Yorkshire by 61 runs at Lord’s in a roller-coaster match that concluded w(...)

England’s Moeen Ali hits a boundary on his way to 108 during the first day of the fourth Test between England and Pakistan at the Oval. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Until the late middle order hauled them out of it during the afternoon, England had dug themselves into the sort of hole that would have had the Harle(...)

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 (...)

 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 (...)

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