England’s Stuart Broad and head coach Trevor Bayliss talk during a training session. Reuters
Sixteen months after leaving Test cricket in disgrace over the ball-tampering furore, Steve Smith’s preparations for the Ashes have gone up to a manic level as the former skipper looks to return to red ball cricket in top form. Australia captain Tim Paine said former skipper Smith had given batting coach Graeme Hick
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
Australia head to the Oval hungry to win their first Ashes series in England since 2001 as the peerless Steve Smith seeks to inflict further pain on the hosts. Tim Paine’s men finally
The Croatians were held to a goalless draw in their group opener against Morocco so Dalic freshened up his attack by bringing in Hajduk Split forward Livaja to operate on the right flank.
Starting line-ups for the World Cup Group F match between Belgium and Morocco at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha on Sunday
Japan will look to confirm an early ticket into the round of 16 when they face a struggling Costa Rica side at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on Sunday (kick-off 1000 GMT).