Ben Stokes

Cricket: England's fragile top order must cope without Stokes

LONDON (Reuters) - England approach the first Ashes test in the surreal position of having a settled top order that has nevertheless been written off as "a complete shambles" and which few predict will withstand Australia's pace battery.<p>The batting remains England's chief area of concern, heavily …

West Indies

England all-rounder Ben Stokes unlikely to feature in Ashes series, claims Glenn McGrath and David Lloyd

England all-rounder Ben Stokes is unlikely to feature in this winter’s Ashes series, Glenn McGrath and David Lloyd have said.<p>Stokes has remained at …

Sport (UK)

Examples of Steve Smith and Joe Root point to less Ashes antagonism

Starting with their leaders, Australia and England look like teams that have realised they’re better suited to another way<p>They look like a couple of nice boys. Wheatfield hair, slightly awkward smiles. Helpful at charity days, polite at press conferences, respectful about others in their field. Not …

Sport (UK)

Ben Stokes investigation nears conclusion after England all-rounder gives final statement to police

Ben Stokes gave his final statement to police over the weekend as the investigations into his street fight incident draw to a close.<p>Stokes is expected to discover this week if he will be charged after he was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm during in an incident in Bristol on …

Sport (UK)

When does the Ashes start, what is the schedule and TV coverage?

<b>After a huge amount of build-up the 2017/18 Ashes series gets underway this week in Brisbane as England have it all to do against Australia.</b><p>Joe …

Sport (UK)

The Ashes 2017: Ben Stokes shows he’s fit and raring to go if he gets call for England side in Australia

BEN Stokes has shared a video of himself bowling at full-tilt in the nets, showing he’s ready to dive into the Ashes should he get a shock call.

Moeen Ali set to bat at No.6 for England in Ben Stokes' absence during Ashes

Moeen Ali is set to fill the shoes of Ben Stokes at no 6 in the England batting order with Jonny Bairstow given the task of leading tailend resistance.<p>It had been thought that the England batsmen in the lower middle order would shift up one place in the absence of Stokes meaning Bairstow would bat …

Sport (UK)

Factbox: Cricket - Penpix of England's Ashes squad

(Reuters) - Penpix of England players in England's Ashes squad.<p>Joe Root (captain)<p>Age: 26<p>Right-handed top order batsman<p>England's talisman and most talented batsman, Root has displayed greater responsibly since taking over as captain earlier this year, averaging more than 60 in tests since. England …

India

The Ashes Natter: Can England avoid a 2013-14 Ashes pasting at the hands of Australia?

The men's Ashes is nearly upon us, and there are a host of issues bedevilling the Australian and English teams in the lead-up to the oldest rivalry …

Stuart Broad

The Ashes: If the 2013-14 series taught us anything, it's don't rule out the underdog just yet

I have a recording of an interview with former Australian captain Michael Clarke conducted before the 2013-14 Ashes series that I cannot bring myself …

Cricket: Lehmann calls for Australia to get behind Ashes selection

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia coach Darren Lehmann defended the squad selection for the Ashes opener on Sunday and urged former players to back the team as they prepare to try and wrest the famous urn back from English hands.<p>Spin-bowling great Shane Warne was among the former players who questioned …

England believe Ben Stokes’ inclusion in the Ashes will be good for the game

ENGLAND are asking Australians to forget the damning Ben Stokes video and buy into the theory that their boy coming down under is good for the …

Sport (Australia)

Ashes: Pick your England team for first Test in Australia

<b>Should Joe Root move up to number three? Do you prefer Dawid Malan or Gary Ballance at five? And who should replace Ben Stokes?</b><p>Think you can do a better job than the England selectors? Here's your chance.<p>Pick your team to take on Australia in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, which starts at 00:00 …

Conquer Australia and Joe Root will join the Ashes immortals

"Captaincy is 90 per cent luck and 10 per cent skill,” said Richie Benaud, in one of his most famous aphorisms. “But don’t try it without that 10 per cent.”<p>The quote applies in spades to the nine England captains who have won Ashes series in Australia since the start of the 20th century. In order, …

Stuart Broad

Media watch: Rumours swirl that Ben Stokes will play Ashes

BEN Stokes’ immediate future is expected to be clarified in the next week, with rumours swirling in England that the all-rounder will be cleared of …

Sport (Australia)

Ashes 2017: Australia ready if Ben Stokes cleared after wild brawl

Stokes is likely to receive a red-hot reception from Australian fans should he make it to these shores.<p>Alyssa Healy, the wicketkeeper in Australia's …

Brisbane

Australia in 'confusion' ahead of Ashes, says Shane Warne

Spin legend Shane Warne says Australia are in a state of "confusion" heading into the Ashes series, with England primed for a first Gabba Test …

How to win in Australia: frustrate Warner and go for jugular with Smith

The former South Africa coach Russell Domingo reveals the plans behind his side’s series victory in Australia without AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn a year ago<p>How to win in Australia? It is the pre-Ashes question that prompts past English triumphs to be recounted for guidance but it is also worth …

Sport (UK)

Analysing the England XI

<b>ALASTAIR COOK</b><p><i>Brilliant player who has played well in Australia in the past. But in the past three Ashes, he averages 29.4 with no hundreds in 29</i> …

Cricket

Ashes 2017-18: From Andrew Flintoff consoling Brett Lee to Don Bradman's farewell duck, iconic moments from storied rivalry

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Sachin Tendulkar

Stokes, Hales 'dealing well' with Bristol fall-out - Roy

12:14 PM ET<p>Jason Roy believes that Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have "dealt extremely well" with the fall-out of Stokes' arrest in Bristol in September, …

Sport (UK)

Ben Stokes dealing with arrest saga ‘extremely well’ as England prepare for Ashes

England one-day star Jason Roy insists Ben Stokes has dealt with the fall-out from his arrest in Bristol ‘extremely well’.<p>Test vice-captain Stokes, …

Sport (UK)

Ponting predicts Ashes stroll for Australia

SYDNEY - Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting says England's only hope of winning a test in the upcoming Ashes series is the day/night match in …

Sport (South Africa)

Huge Ashes call Australia has to make

I’ll be really surprised if we’re not picking England’s chins off the ground at the Gabba. I think they’ll get hammered. The other matches are harder …

Cricket

The Ashes 2017-18: Chris Woakes hopes to fill in for Ben Stokes

Ashes 2017-18: England won't be 'easy to beat' despite Ben Stokes' absence, says former Australia pacer Ryan Harris

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Moeen takes some blows as he prepares for Australia's pace

Moeen Ali has declared himself fit and ready to take on Australia in next week's first Test at Brisbane

Moeen Ali

England will pay ultimate price for Ben Stokes’ ‘stupidity’, claims Australia legend Shane Warne

England will pay a heavy price for Ben Stokes’ ‘stupidity’ as they bid to defend the Ashes in Australia, says Shane Warne.<p>Stokes is expected to miss …

Sport (UK)

England in danger of being undercooked by weak build-up

Inexperienced opposition and slow pitches have given England very little taste of what is to come when the Ashes begins.

Cricket

Ashes rewind: Best moments from the 2013-14 whitewash

It was the perfect summer ... for Australians, at least. The summer of 2013-14, a whitewash victory, a 5-0 series clean sweep.<p>The Ashes have been …

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