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Ashes 2013: Former winners on how England can beat Australia

<b>"The aim of English cricket is mainly to beat Australia."</b><p>Nothing succinctly describes the rivalry that exists between the England and Australia cricket teams better than Jim Laker's quote.<p>Australia, with 31 victories to England's 30, are just about the more successful of the two nations but England …

The Ashes

Lions 2013: Brian O'Driscoll call is Warren Gatland gamble

<b>What, no BOD? Surely some mistake?</b><p>As selection bombshells go, it is hard to think of any that have created quite such a stir as Brian O'Driscoll's omission from the Lions side for Saturday's series-deciding Test against Australia.<p>The finest European player of his generation, a proven performer on …

Wales make £1 million available to halt player exodus

Wales news<p>Wales make £1 million available to halt player exodus<p>ESPN Staff<p>June 27, 2013<p>The Welsh Rugby Union is to make £1 million available to try to …

Samuels sees West Indies 'going back on top'

West Indies tri-series 2013<p>Marlon Samuels feels West Indies cricket is "going back on top" after years of disappointment and that while there is a …

West Indies

Nick Compton's Ashes demotion is quite harsh - Marcus Trescothick

<b>Former Test opener Marcus Trescothick says England's omission of Nick Compton from their Ashes plans is "harsh".</b><p>Joe Root has been picked to open in England's four-day game against Essex starting on Sunday, but Trescothick says his Somerset team-mate may still feature against Australia this …

County Cricket

Lions 2013: Australia's reveal raunchy advert showing wallaby 'rooting' a rugby-ball-carrying lion in Melbourne

An Australian betting company have sent a clear message to the British and Irish Lions and have revealed a huge painting of a winking wallaby wearing the green and gold of the country's rugby team in a rather compromising position, hugging from behind a bemused lion clutching a rugby ball.<p>The …

Lions 2013: Adam Jones on pre-Test nerves, families & coffee

Australia v Lions<p><i>In the latest of a regular series of columns for BBC Sport, British and Irish Lions prop Adam Jones provides a look behind the scenes of the Lions tour of Australia on the eve of the first Test.</i><p><b>You can tell there's a Test match coming up. There's a buzz around the place. Things</b> …

Wales

Wales legend who did not want to play for Wales

Jonathan Davies<p>Wales legend who did not want to play for Wales<p>ESPN Staff<p>June 19, 2013<p>A Welshman in exile ... Jonathan Davies celebrates a trophy with …

Lions 2013: Hooker Richard Hibbard vows more to come

<b>Hooker Richard Hibbard has vowed that "there is so much more to come" from the British and Irish Lions after the 64-0 defeat of a Combined Country XV.</b><p>The tourists scored 10 tries, including a double for wing George North, in a crushing victory at the Hunter Stadium in Newcastle on Tuesday.<p>"There …

George North

David Warner 'attack on Joe Root' probed by Australia

<b>Australia opening batsman David Warner is being investigated over claims of an unprovoked attack on England's Joe Root.</b><p>Warner, 26, was dropped for Wednesday's Champions Trophy match against New Zealand.<p>Cricket Australia said he was involved in an alleged physical altercation in a bar hours after …

David Warner

George Bailey questions England's reverse-swing success

Australia's stand-in captain George Bailey wants England's methods for gaining reverse-swing monitored, hinting one of the home side's bowling trump …

Stuart Lancaster's young England side provides exciting glimpse of future after 32-3 defeat of Argentina

Some of the biggest names in English rugby will be sitting a little less comfortably by their swimming pools today after Stuart Lancaster’s young guns defeated Argentina and provided an exciting glimpse of the future.<p>Chris Ashton, Chris Robshaw and Brad Barritt were all given the summer off by …

Alastair Cook's England follow recipe for success almost to perfection | Mike Selvey

It was not a perfect performance by England in beating Australia at Edgbaston but it was well on the way. The batting, pragmatic rather than …

Champions Trophy: England beat Australia in first group game

<b>James Anderson led an exceptional bowling display as England opened their Champions Trophy campaign with a 48-run victory over Australia at Edgbaston.</b><p>Ian Bell's measured 91 was the cornerstone of England's 269-6, while Jonathan Trott made 47 and Ravi Bopara supplied late impetus with 46 not out off …

Sri Lanka