Australia’s Steve Smith plays a shot during a warm-up match against New Zealand in Brisbane on Friday. Agence France-Presse
Australian cricket chief Kevin Roberts insisted the return of Steve Smith and David Warner will not disrupt the resurgent team as a report on Friday revealed senior players threatened a boycott
Reigning champions Australia made one change after a surprise 10-run defeat by South Africa at Old Trafford, with the recently called-up Peter Handscomb replacing injured batsman Usman Khawaja.
Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was on Friday included in Australia’s 17-man squad for the five-Test Ashes series against England alongside Steve Smith and David Warner.
England are still basking in the glow of an epic World Cup triumph but if anything can throw cold water over their memorable summer it would be a first home Ashes series loss to Australia for 18 years. Battle commences at Edgbaston on Thursday and the last time Australia won there was the opening match
UAE’s celebrated middle-distance racer Mohammed Al Hammadi delivered as promised clinching the first gold for the hosts with a championship record as the Dubai
Former DP World Tour Championship winner Matthew Fitzpatrick arrives at Jumeirah Golf Estates without a win this season but the 25 year old finds himself ranked fourth
A seven-under-par 65 saw South Africa’s Zander Lombard surging into the lead at the end of the second round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club on Friday.