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Ashes: Joe Root urges England players to ‘stand up’ before third Test

England captain Joe Root confident of success in third Ashes Test Australia v England, third Ashes Test Date: 14-18 Dec Time: 02:30 GMT Venue: The Waca, Perth Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW and the BBC Sport website. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app. Full coverage England captain Joe Root says it is time for his team to “stand up” in the crucial third Ashes Test in Perth. Australia lead the series 2-0 and will regain…

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Ashes: What difference does an extra 5mph make for a fast bowler?

Stuart Broad (left) and Mitchell Starc (right) can bowl in excess of 90mph, but the latter reaches such speeds much more consistently Australia v England, Third Ashes Test Date: 14-18 Dec Time: 02:30 GMT Venue: The Waca, Perth Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW and the BBC Sport website. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app. Full coverage details Pace. Expect it to be back on the agenda during the third Ashes Test this week. The pink…

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Ashes: Off-field incidents ‘blown out of proportion’ – David Gower

England players Mike Gatting, Ian Botham, David Gower and Paul Downton celebrate winning the Ashes for England at the Oval in 1985 Australia v England, third Ashes Test Date: 14-18 Dec Time: 02:30 GMTVenue:The Waca, Perth Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW and the BBC Sport website. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app. Full coverage England’s off-field incidents in Australia have been “blown out of proportion”, former captain David Gower has told BBC Sport. Jonny Bairstow…

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Ashes: Jonny Bairstow says England players must rebuild trust

A lot of hype about England’s discipline – Jonny Bairstow Australia v England, third Ashes Test Date: 14-18 Dec Time: 02:30 GMT Venue: The Waca, Perth Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW and the BBC Sport website. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app. Full coverage England must rebuild trust following off-field incidents in Australia, says wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow. Bairstow “headbutted” Australia’s Cameron Bancroft in a bar in October, while Lions batsman Ben Duckett was suspended for…

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Nasir Jamshed: Former Pakistan opener banned after spot-fixing investigation

Nasir Jamshed made 68 appearances for Pakistan across all formats of the game Former Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed has been banned for a year for not co-operating with a Pakistan Cricket Board investigation into spot-fixing. Jamshed, 28, is the fifth player to be dealt with in relation to spot-fixing in the Pakistan Super League. Former Pakistan batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif had already been banned for their roles in the case. Bowler Mohammad Irfan has been banned for a year and all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz given a two-month suspension. The…

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Ashes: Australia will remind England about Ben Duckett controversy

Ben Duckett will remain with the England Lions in Australia Wicketkeeper Tim Paine says Australia will be reminding England of the Ben Duckett controversy during this week’s third Ashes Test in Perth. Duckett, 23, was suspended from playing on the England Lions tour and given a fine and a final warning after pouring a drink over James Anderson in a bar. “I’m sure someone will bring it up at some stage,” said Paine. “But what’s happening in their camp off the field has no effect on the way we’re going…

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Ireland beat Afghanistan in final ODI to win series 2-1

Paul Stirling plays a shot on his way to a superb 101 against Afghanistan in the final ODI on Sunday Second One-Day International, Sharjah Afghanistan 177 (48.2 ov): Zurmatai 44, Khan 44; Dockrell 4-28, McCarthy 3-32 Ireland 180-5 (45.2 ov): Stirling 101, Balbirnie 35; Khan 2-17, Nabi 2-28 Ireland won by five wickets Scorecard Paul Stirling’s century steered Ireland to a five-wicket win and 2-1 series victory over Afghanistan in the final ODI in Sharjah on Sunday. George Dockrell (4-28) and Barry McCarthy (3-32) helped the Irish dismiss Aghanistan for…

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Ashes: Ben Duckett suspended from playing on England Lions tour

Ben Duckett will remain with the England Lions in Australia England Lions batsman Ben Duckett has been suspended from playing on their tour of Australia after pouring a drink over James Anderson in a Perth bar. Duckett, 23, has also been fined and issued with a final written warning over his conduct as an England player. The Lions will play three Twenty20 matches against Perth Scorchers and Duckett will remain with the squad. He was dropped from England’s two-day game against a Cricket Australia XI in Perth over the weekend….

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Ben Stokes: England all-rounder run out for one-ball duck for Canterbury

Ben Stokes is run out for Canterbury against Northern Districts England all-rounder Ben Stokes was run out for a one-ball duck for Canterbury during a 50-over match against Northern Districts in New Zealand. The 26-year-old was involved in a mix-up with Michael Pollard in his third match for his side and has now scored just 36 runs in three innings for them. Stokes also conceded 56 runs from 10 overs – but did take his first wicket. He is unavailable for England after being arrested over an incident outside a…

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