Michael Clarke

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 Michael Clarke of Australia hits out during day two of the 3rd Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at  Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Fortunes can change rapidly in a Test series. Match to match, session to session. Humiliated at Lord’s to the point of ridicule, the Australians have(...)

A dejected Michael Clarke, Australian captain, walks out for the presentation after day five of the first Ashes Test match between England and Australia. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Tattoos! Why? An expression of individuality? Hardly. It’s impossible to go anywhere without being ubiquitously treated to acres of flabby pseudo-Kanj(...)

Australia’s captain Michael Clarke: ‘What can I say? Our performance in the first innings was unacceptable’.  Photograph: Philip Brown/Reuters

Michael Clarke has admitted his Australia team have become a laughing stock and cannot have any complaints about it after an “unacceptable” batting pe(...)

Australia’s Shane Watson (centre) watches as England’s Tim Bresnan (left) and Joe Root (right) put runs on the board on day three of the Second Investec Ashes Test at Lord’s.  Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Joe Root hit a classy 178 not out as England showed Australia no mercy to move into an unimpeachable position in the second Investec Ashes Test at Lor(...)

England’s Joe Root and Alastair Cook (right) run between  wickets during day two of the Ashes Test at Lord’s.

Darren Lehmann cut a solitary figure late in the afternoon at Lord’s. The dressing- room balcony doors were shut, and he sat outside on his own on a b(...)

Australia captain Michael Clarke catches Stuart Broad  at slip off the bowling of Ashton Agar, a decision that was not given by umpire Aleem Dar. Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA

A formidable innings from Ian Bell and a moment of dubious sportsmanship from Stuart Broad left England in control on day three of the first Ashes Te(...)

Australia’s Peter Siddle  celebrates after the dismissal of England’s Matt Prior during the first Ashes cricket Test match at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham, England, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

What a day. Exhilarating and exhausting in equal measure - and that just for those watching - England and Australia slugged it out on a day that had b(...)

 England’s Jonny Bairstow  bowled by Mitchell Starc  during the  Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Trent Bridge. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

England had no answer, principally to Peter Siddle, as they were bowled out for 215 on day one of the Ashes at Trent Bridge. A mixture of errant shots(...)

Australia’s captain Michael Clarke at  a news conference before today’s first Ashes cricket Test match against England at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

This could be a closer contest than many people with their whitewashes clearly believe. Some of the talk has been bombastic. Michael Clarke’s side may(...)

 Mickey Arthur  has been sacked as Australian coach. Photograph: Philip Brown/Reuters.

Mickey Arthur has been sacked as Australia head coach and replaced by Darren Lehmann, Cricket Australia has confirmed. The shock move comes just 16 d(...)

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