Warner leads Australia fight

Australia’s vice-captain in-waiting, David Warner, was pleased with the fight shown by the tourists’ batting line-up on the first day of the fifth Investec Test.

With the Ashes already decided, Australia could have rolled over at the Kia Oval, but having been put in to bat by Alastair Cook, they showed fight to reach 287 for three at the close.

Warner and Steven Smith hit half-centuries, while Chris Rogers made 43 and Adam Voges was unbeaten on 47 at the close.

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No let up on Australia says Wood

By Steven Jones

England have had a week to reflect on their astonishing Ashes victory and, whatever transpires during the Fifth and final Investec Test at The Kia Oval, will lift the famous urn.

But does that mean any quarter will be ceded to an Australia team that has been handed back-to-back defeats inside three days in the Midlands. 

Not a chance, according to Mark Wood, the man who splintered Nathan Lyon’s stumps in Nottingham to finally confirm England’s innings victory.

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Perry puts Australia on top

Two wickets in as many deliveries for Ellyse Perry and a corking Megan Schutt delivery that accounted for home skipper Charlotte Edwards had England on the ropes at tea on day two of the Kia Women’s Ashes Test in Canterbury.

Responding to the Australian total of 274 for nine declared, England went in to the tea interval on 81 for four after 38 overs with Lydia Greenway on 16 and Natalie Sciver with 17. They require a further 44 to avoid the follow-on and still trail the tourists by 193.

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Australia look to future

Australia have named a fresh-faced squad for the upcoming Royal London One-Day Series against England with seven new players from the group that won the World Cup in March.

While big names such as Mitchell Starc, who was the World Cup player of the tournament, David Warner and newly-appointed skipper Steven Smith are included, the 14-man party contains three uncapped players.

Ashton Agar, Joe Burns and Marcus Stoinis are the trio yet to make their 50-over debuts for the five-time world champions.

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Broad and Root leave Australia reeling

Stuart Broad produced one of the greatest spells of Ashes fast bowling on his home ground to dismantle a shellshocked Australia for 60 and Joe Root struck a century as England took a giant stride in their quest to regain the urn by ending a remarkable opening day to the fourth Investec Test with a lead of 214.

Broad stepped up in the absence of the injured James Anderson to lead the attack sensationally at Trent Bridge, bamboozling the tourists with an inspired display of seam-and-swing bowling to return astonishing career-best figures of 8-15 in 9.3 overs.

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