From left: Australia head coach Justin Langer, Tim Paine and Steve Smith during nets in London on Tuesday. Reuters
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
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
At stumps, England were 156-3, still needing a further 203 runs to reach a target of 359 made all the more imposing after they had collapsed to a woeful 67 all out in the first innings
Rohit Sharma described his maiden Test double century as "most challenging" after he lifted India out of early trouble and put the hosts in command of the third match against South Africa. The tourists were in trouble at nine for two, with Indian fast bowlers sending the opposition openers back to the pavilion.
The 22-year-old Amanda was seen saying "yes" as her teammates egged the couple on in the background.
Kodjo Laba’s fourth goal of the campaign secured the three points for Al Ain in a 2-1 win against Hatta at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Matchweek 4 of the Arabian Gulf League on Saturday.
Manchester City brushed aside in-form Crystal Palace 2-0 on Saturday to narrow the gap to Premier League leaders Liverpool to five points. The defending champions travelled to London with questions over their ability to sustain a title challenge