Stuart Broad and Jack Leach vie for final starting spot with James Anderson ruled out of first Ashes Test

England are considering starting their Ashes campaign without both their all-time leading wicket-takers after naming a 12-man squad this morning. It was confirmed James Anderson is rested for the opening Ashes Test and it is a choice between Stuart Broad... Read more

Joe Root declares himself ready for Ashes series that will ‘define my captaincy’

England captain Joe Root has declared himself ready for an Ashes series that he admitted would “define my captaincy”. Statistically Root is already his country’s most successful Test leader, overtaking mentor Michael Vaughan in the summer when he oversaw a... Read more

The making of Pat Cummins: From men’s cricket aged 13 to Australia’s Ashes skipper… via a severed finger

He scored 118 in one innings as an 11-year-old, quite the achievement at that age, and just seven years later he had gone from playing at Glenbrook’s Knapsack Oval to a Test debut.  His father Peter and brother Tim both... Read more

Aussies think they are tough – but the Luton league was far tougher

Australia is a hostile environment. The weather, the wildlife and – yes – the cricket fans are all out to get you, or at least that’s how it can feel.  In terms of the supporters, they crank up the pressure... Read more

Sorry England, but pace really does matter in Australia

Given the importance of runs scored, performance by spinners and a host of other factors, the difficulty comes in proving a direct cause and effect between speed and victories. Perhaps it is best to look at the occasions when Australia... Read more

What England’s batsmen must do to stand a chance in the Ashes

Jos Buttler hasn’t done anything of note in Ashes Tests in England – he’s played 10 and is averaging only 20.5. And he hasn’t played a Test match in Australia either. He got his chance as wicketkeeper-batsman when the runs... Read more

Ollie Robinson: I won’t take a backwards step against Aussies – and have got a plan for Steve Smith

Ollie Robinson has vowed to get “under the skins” of the Australia batsmen and believes he may have found out a way to solve the puzzle of how to bowl at Steve Smith. Robinson is in line to play all... Read more

Joe Root must exploit Pat Cummins’ captaincy inexperience — and make him doubt himself

The clash of the two captains will define this Ashes series and it will be fascinating to watch the duel between Joe Root and Pat Cummins. It is so rare for the best batsman and best bowler to line up... Read more

Broken ribs, Andrew Strauss’s dancing and winding up Ricky Ponting — how the 2010-11 Ashes were won

Chris Tremlett can still the moment he broke James Anderson’s rib. England’s players had gathered for a pre-Ashes boot camp in Germany in 2010, and for reasons best known to the team’s management, a boxing tournament had been laid on... Read more

Azeem Rafiq case and Tim Paine scandal should be off limits for Ashes sledging, says Chris Woakes

Woakes batted for the Lions XI and may well have to wait for his chance in the Ashes series while Ollie Robinson bowled 12 overs for England and Stokes took two for 21. One strong clue from the England line... Read more

Expected averages and smart selections – how cricket’s data revolution could decide the Ashes

The ongoing data revolution in cricket has changed the game forever. Teams now have all the statistics and analysis they need to come up with smarter on-field plans – and Telegraph Sport looks at how data could play a crucial... Read more

Marnus Labuschagne exclusive interview: Australia’s ultimate cricket nerd out to burst England’s bubble

It is the “intensity” that was Labuschagne’s abiding memory from his first skirmishes in Ashes cricket over four Tests in 2019, when he followed up that half-century at Lord’s with another three half-centuries to help his side retain the urn.... Read more

England fans beware – tourists have never gone into an Ashes tour Down Under so underprepared

Rain stopped play Down Under After being thrashed in consecutive Ashes series Down Under – England could hardly complain that the combined 9-0 scoreline from the 10 Tests 2013/14 and 2017/18 series was unfair – England resolved to ensure they... Read more

Ashley Giles supports Joe Root and England halting Ashes Test due to racist abuse from crowds

Ashley Giles has said that he would support England if they chose to stop an Ashes Test because of racist abuse from crowds. “I’d certainly trust Joe Root to do what is right on the field,” said Giles, the director... Read more

Why traditional tour matches have been sacrificed in the pursuit of Ashes success

Before the first Ashes Test begins at the Gabba a week on Wednesday, England’s sole opponents will be the England Lions, the national second string. On one level, it is another microcosm of how Covid-19 has ravaged the normal rhythms... Read more

‘He’s got my full support’: Nathan Lyon wants Tim Paine to remain Australia keeper for Ashes

Spinner Nathan Lyon has called for Tim Paine to retain his spot in Australia’s side after the Tasmanian resigned as captain over inappropriate behaviour. The 36-year-old announced he was stepping down from the role on Friday, less than three weeks... Read more

Pat Cummins named new Australian Test captain as Tim Paine takes leave of absence over sexting scandal

The news came as Paine’s manager, James Henderson, confirmed Paine would miss the Ashes as he take an immediate leave of absence from cricket for mental health reasons. Paine stepped down from the captaincy last week after details of a... Read more

‘All the players support him’: Tim Paine backed to retain spot as Aussie keeper despite resigning as captain

Australian batsman Marcus Harris has backed Tim Paine to remain as Test wicketkeeper despite his resignation as captain over a ‘sexting’ scandal. Paine resigned as Test skipper last week after the emergence of text messages sent to a female Cricket... Read more

Tasmania chairman labels treatment of Tim Paine as ‘worst of an Australia Test captain in 50 years’

Cricket Tasmania chairman Andrew Gaggin has condemned Cricket Australia’s “appalling” treatment of Tim Paine, saying he should never have been put in a position where he felt he had to resign as Australia’s Test captain. Paine stood down from the... Read more

Tim Paine sexting scandal deepens as it is claimed brother-in-law sent lewd messages to the same woman

The ‘sexting’ scandal that has rocked Australian cricket took another extraordinary turn after it was alleged that Tim Paine’s brother-in-law sent lewd messages, including an “unwelcome and unsolicited” picture of his genitalia, to the same woman. With the start of... Read more