From left: England’s Rory Burns, Jack Leach and Jofra Archer during nets in London on Monday. 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
Australia captain Aaron Finch hit a hundred before England fought back with the ball in their World Cup clash at Lord's on Tuesday.
Steve Smith (144) smashed a gritty century to lead Australia’s fightback after Stuart Broad took a five-wicket haul to restrict tourist to 284 on first day of the first Ashes Test on Thursday. England were 10 for no loss in reply at stumps as Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes shared nine wickets between them to rattle
Mubadala World Tennis Championship organisers confirmed Hyeon Chung as the eighth and final player in an all-star field, and unveiled the full draw for the 12th edition,
Andy Ruiz blamed three months of partying for his one-sided world heavyweight championship defeat to Anthony Joshua on Saturday, admitting he had failed
Leicester closed the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool as Jamie Vardy extended his red-hot streak with a brace in Sunday’s record-breaking 4-1 rout of Aston Villa.