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
A brimming Kings XI Punjab will hope captain KL Rahul repeats his performance of the previous match when they take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their third Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Sharjah on Sunday.
Shubham Gill smacked an unbeaten 62-ball 70 and shared a 92-run partnership with Eoin Morgan (42 n.o.) to steer Kolkata Knight Riders to a seven-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their IPL match in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Novak Djokovic will renew his love-hate relationship with Roland Garros in the knowledge that it is himself rather than seemingly unsettled 12-time champion Rafael Nadal who could pose the greatest threat to winning a second Paris title and 18th Grand Slam crown.
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has said he has no concerns about Lionel Messi ahead of their first La Liga game of the season on Sunday, after the Argentinian took another swipe at the club over the departure of Luis Suarez.