England’s Chris Woakes celebrates after taking the wicket of Ireland’s Paul Stirling during their one-off Test match at Lord’s on Friday. Reuters
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.
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
Uncapped fast bowler Jofra Archer has been included in England’s 14-man squad announced on Saturday for next week’s Ashes opener against Australia, with all-rounder Ben Stokes re-appointed as vice-captain. The pair both enjoyed starring roles in England’s stunning World Cup final win over New Zealand
Garbine Muguruza outlasted Kim Clijsters, 6-2, 7-6 (6) in a much-anticipated first round match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Monday.
Barcelona superstar and Dubai Expo 2020 ambassador Lionel Messi met Reem Al Hashemy, Minister of State and director general of Expo 2020, on Monday.
Marseille rallied to strike late twice in the dying moments to beat Lille 2-1 remain on course for Champions League on Sunday.