Graham Thorpe facing England sack after police break up 6am drinking session

Speaking from behind the camera, Thorpe, is heard to say, “this is for the lawyers.” He also goes on to name every player present. Telegraph Sport understands that a noise complaint, as the group played music from the balcony on... Read more

It’s time to blow apart England’s cosy, indulgent set-up – player power is out of control

Players in this era have too much power. High-level sport is about being on edge and insecurity. Do they rate me? That element of having to prove every day that you deserve to be there. I see that leaving the... Read more

‘Fat shaming’, drinking culture and not enough talking: the inside story of England’s Ashes disaster

No sensible judgements could be drawn, but on the back of this game England picked Ollie Pope ahead of Jonny Bairstow for the first Test. Rain did not help, of course, but having agreed such a tight schedule, England were... Read more

Video shows England’s Ashes party had to be broken up by police at 6am

Tasmania Police have also released a statement, confirming that they were called to the teams’ hotel after a complaint regarding “intoxicated” individuals.  “Tasmania Police attended the Crowne Plaza Hobart on Monday morning after reports were made of intoxicated people in... Read more

Ashes series player ratings: Our verdict on who fired and who flopped for England and Australia

Sam Billings Jaunty debut and really what else could he do when joining a sinking ship? Has given himself a chance of starting the West Indies tour as first choice keeper but will he put red ball cricket first next... Read more

England’s batsmen have been embarrassingly exposed this Ashes – time is up for a number of them

Mark’s pace has unsettled so many of the Aussie batsmen hitting them on the gloves, arms and body. He got them out of their comfort zone resorting to having a dart at hooking him and getting out. He was a... Read more

Forget structure – it is England’s chronic lack of steel which has cost them the Ashes

The ECB’s latest commission will embark on its review (“thorough”, “robust” and “far-ranging” no doubt), but nobody has to go far to identify the most important solution, that of inner toughness. Changing tv channels in the last couple of weeks... Read more

Chris Woakes’ Hobart horror-show proves England must only use him in home Tests

Chris Woakes is often called an English specialist. At last, Down Under, here was a situation to remind Woakes of home. The mild temperatures and green tinge at the Bellerive Oval, Australia’s southernmost ground, resembled that found 10,000 miles north... Read more

Australia vs England, fifth Ashes Test 2021-22: live scoreboard

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James Anderson likely to miss fifth Ashes Test with Sam Billings making England debut in Hobart

James Anderson is set to miss out in the final Ashes Test in Hobart, while Sam Billings will become men’s Test cap number 700. Billings, who drove more than 500 miles down Australia’s eastern coast to join up with the... Read more

Watch: Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne left sprawled on floor in bizarre dismissal by Stuart Broad

And yet, despite all this, however accomplished, or in form, or lucky a batsman may be, no one can ever really escape the clutches of cricket’s potential to make a fool of you. In Australia, they’ll say he slipped, Labuschagne’s... Read more

Sam Billings – the ‘driven posh boy’ finally ready to prove his worth to England

If, as expected, Sam Billings is given a Test debut in the fifth Ashes Test this week, it will herald a reunion with Pat Cummins that Penrith Cricket Club members have awaited for some time. It is almost eight years... Read more

Joe Root backs Chris Silverwood to stay on as England coach despite Ashes surrender

Joe Root has given Chris Silverwood his enthusiastic backing to stay on as England head coach after the Ashes tour. Silverwood’s job is under immense pressure after his team surrendered the Ashes in 12 days of cricket and lost nine... Read more

Hobart could be England’s home from home in fifth Ashes Test

What a spur, tonic or boost. Instead of Perth, where the fifth Test was originally due to be staged, England will play at Bellerive Oval in Hobart. It will become the 76th ground in the world where England have played... Read more

Pat Cummins exclusive: Why Australia don’t have to sledge any more – and being inspired by Eoin Morgan

Tactically Cummins has not been stretched by England too much but he has clearly created a welcoming environment given that all new players have contributed straight away, from Scott Boland’s 14 wickets at 8.64 to Khawaja’s twin hundreds. Jhye Richardson... Read more

England’s Tasmanian arrival delayed by airport staff shortages, while Sam Billings plugs tourists’ own gaps

With a second-string team going to the Caribbean due to Test duty for the likes of Buttler, Bairstow and Stokes, the West Indies trip was a big chance for Billings, the kind of opportunity he has waited patiently for which... Read more

Joe Root can rejuvenate England – but to do it he needs to move on from James Anderson

Eke out every ounce of knowledge from Jimmy about how to bowl at this level and keep him involved but bowlers like Saqib Mahmood and Olly Stone need a run in the team. There will be around 60 Tests before... Read more

Sydney’s absorbing final-day climax was suffocating – but for once England did not fluff their lines

Equally satisfying was the fact that they punished Cummins, tactically infallible to this point, for basic errors of captaincy. So dominant had Australia looked on the fourth day, with Usman Khawaja and Cameron Green building a seemingly unassailable lead, Cummins... Read more

Joe Root is the right Test captain to rejuvenate England and this is how he can do it

Eke out every ounce of knowledge from Jimmy about how to bowl at this level and keep him involved but bowlers like Saqib Mahmood and Olly Stone need a run in the team. There will be around 60 Tests before... Read more

Jos Buttler should not play another Test – and Joe Root should bat at No 3 with Dawid Malan to open

The middle and lower order are nearly always fighting an uphill battle by the time they come in. The opposition fast bowlers are on top and high on confidence. England need to try something different because Stuart Broad’s comment is... Read more

Impact of Australia’s fill-in four has exposed England’s lack of creative thinking – and a broken system

An extended Test series is not merely a clash between the best XIs from each country. It is also something broader: a clash of systems. Not recognising as much was, perhaps, Australia’s great mistake against India last year. Australia picked... Read more

Usman Khawaja’s Sydney masterpieces echoed the brilliance of Australian left-handed greats

It was a far more diffident Khawaja who made his Test debut against England at Sydney exactly 10 years ago. He had been heralded as the most fluent of stroke-makers in Sydney grade cricket, as well as the first non-white... Read more

England’s bowling attack has grown worryingly toothless – a fresh injection of pace is needed

In what is quite a feat for any English player on this benighted Ashes tour, Wood will head home with his reputation enhanced. Even if he deserves more than the eight wickets he has taken so far, Australian crowds have... Read more

How was that not out? Watch as the ball hits Ben Stokes’ stump at 83mph – and the bail fails to move

We might be 15 days and four Tests deep into an Ashes series. That series itself may have already been lost, damaged beyond repair. Some of the players too, after no less than three English batters suffered full-throttle blows to... Read more

The stats that prove Joe Root is less-suited to Australia

But, even given these challenges, Australian conditions are comparatively ill-suited to Root’s game. Down under, the type of bowling that Root does worse against is more prominent. As a batsman Root veers between all-time great and merely very good, depending... Read more