Jake Ball ready to deliver for England after speedy recovery

Jake Ball is out to prove himself in Australia after returning to full fitness in the nick of time for an Ashes debut.

Stuart Broad finished with 0-40 in Townsville. Picture: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images

Australian club cricketers defy England’s attack

England’s bowlers managed to take only one wicket on the last day as their final practice match before the opening Ashes Test finished in a draw.

England opener Mark Stoneman celebrates his century against a Cricket Australia XI in Townsville. Picture: AFP/Getty.

England’s top order make hay amid fears over quality of opposition

Mark Stoneman admits his first hundred in England colours has come against opponents who can provide only limited preparation for the imminent Ashes series ahead.

Mark Stoneman drives the ball to the boundary on his way to 85 on day one at the WACA. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

New besties grab their chance

By David Clough

England coach Trevor Bayliss hits balls to the players during training at the WACA in Perth. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Trevor Bayliss: Ashes squad not distracted by Stokes case

Trevor Bayliss is confident England’s minds are uncluttered by the Ben Stokes debacle as they prepare for the imminent Ashes challenge without their match-winning all-rounder.

Sri Lankas Rangana Herath, right, celebrates with team-mates after their win on the fifth day of the first Test against Pakistan. Picture: Getty

Scotland struggle in Intercontinental Cup

Scotland face an uphill battle
to claim the first innings bonus points after Papua New 
Guinea enjoyed the better of the day two action in the sides’ Intercontinental Cup clash in Port Moresby.

Kyle Coetzer said the Scots had notched up some good wins and now had more belief in themselves. Photograph: Ross Parker/SNS

Saltires set their sights on England from Papua New Guinea

The long countdown to Scotland’s glamour cricket fixture with England starts now – and national team captain Kyle Coetzer believes his side are in a good place and improving all the time as their week of matches with Papua New Guinea gets under way.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes looks increasingly unlikely to go on the Ashes tour. Picture:  Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Ben Stokes now seems certain to miss Ashes tour as ‘fight’ video emerges

Ben Stokes’ fading Ashes prospects may hinge on the next stage of police investigations after England suspended him and Alex Hales from all future international matches until further notice.

England all-rounder and Test vice-captain Ben Stokes will not play in the ODI at The Oval. Picture: Michael Steele/Getty

Club incident rules Ben Stokes and Alex Hales out of ODI

Ben Stokes’ arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm has put England’s 
Royal London Series plans in disarray.

Moeen Ali hits out on his way to making 102 as West Indies wicketkeeper Shai Hope looks on. Picture: Getty

Moeen is in smashing form with six-hitting masterclass

Moeen Ali just decided to “press the button” as he launched a record-breaking spree of six-hitting against West Indies.

Jonny Bairstow celebrates his century against West Indies at the Emirates Old Trafford.

Bairstow’s first ODI century fires England to easy triumph

Jonny Bairstow bagged a maiden one-day international hundred as England eased to a seven-wicket win over West Indies to go 1-0 up in the Royal London Series.

Ben Stokes is one more misdemeanour away from a possible International Cricket Council ban at the start of this winters Ashes. Picture: Dan Mullen/Getty

Eoin Morgan: England need to re-establish ODI credibility

Eoin Morgan admits England will start the Royal London Series against West Indies with “angst” hanging over their one-day international credentials after their Champions Trophy semi-final exit to Pakistan.

Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate leads his men off the field after their vital win over Warwickshire at Edgbaston. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Ryan ten Doeschate says Essex title glory was like winning World Cup

Jubilant Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate said his side’s remarkable County Championship success felt like winning the World Cup.

Majid Haq of Scotland celebrates bowling out Mohammad Hafeez of Pakistan during ODI in 2013. Picture: Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images

Scotland announce two T2OI matches with Pakistan in Edinburgh

Scotland have announced two more glamour fixtures to their 2018 international schedule.

England captain Joe Root lifts the trophy after his sides 2-1 series win over West Indies.   Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

England win but winter doubts remain

By IAIN fletcher

England's James Anderson holds the ball that took his 500th Test match wicket, West Indies' Kraigg Brathwaite for 4 runs. Picture: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

James Anderson joins greats with 500th Test wicket

James Anderson admitted he had to struggle to keep his emotions in check after becoming the first Englishman to take 500 Test wickets.

England's Ben Stokes acknowledges the Lord's crowd as he leaves the field after taking six wickets on the first day of the third Test. Picture: Getty Images

Ben Stokes takes six of the best but West Indies fight back

Ben Stokes returned with a vengeance to his best bowling form as his career-best six-wicket Test haul overshadowed even James Anderson against West Indies at Lord’s.

Toby Roland-Jones appeals for a wicket during the 4th Test against South Africa at Old Trafford. Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Lord’s decider is the defining Test of Joe Root’s tenure so far

Joe Root’s first summer as England captain features a defining final Test – a Lord’s decider against West Indies.

Josh Davey, centre, celebrates with Richie Berrington after dismissing Englands Joe Root in the clash between the sides in Christchurch at the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Picture: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Scots to aim for biggest-ever scalp when England play ODI at Grange

Scotland’s cricketers will be bidding to claim their biggest international scalp yet when they entertain England next summer.

Bowled out for 97, but Prestwick were still celebrating at the end.
Picture: Donald MacLeod.

Mitchell Rao’s spin propels Prestwick to CSL Grand Final glory

Mitchell Rao helped to spur Prestwick to CSL Grand Final glory – then outlined his quest to command a regular place in the Scotland set-up.

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