When England last won an Ashes Test in Brisbane 35 years ago | The Ashes

Even by his standards, Ian Botham crammed a lot into the 12 months before the 1986-87 Ashes tour: a charity walk from John O’Groats to Land’s End, an eventful and harrowing trip to the Caribbean, a two-month ban in the English summer after he had admitted smoking cannabis, and his resignation from Somerset after the … Read more

Stuart Broad labels Ashes opener ‘a lottery’ after limited buildup | England cricket team

Stuart Broad labelled next week’s Ashes curtain raiser at the Gabba a lottery given the lack of meaningful time in the middle for both England and Australia during the buildup. Rain has seen the tourists restricted to just seven sessions of cricket since their advance party landed in the country on 6 November, with the … Read more

Ben Stokes smashes 42 for England in warm-up match against the Lions but Joe Root struggles

Ben Stokes smashes 42 from 56 balls for England in warm-up match against the Lions… but captain Joe Root and Dawid Malan struggle while Jonny Bairstow falls for golden duck on the final day England completed their final day of warm-up action on Friday against the Lions Ben Stokes backed up a decent bowling display … Read more

Ben Stokes finds some bowling form as rain abates to let England play | England cricket team

The importance of Ben Stokes to England’s Ashes campaign can scarcely be overstated and so the all-rounder’s first outing in the middle for four months was a significant moment for Joe Root’s men as they prepare for next week’s first Test at the Gabba. Stokes makes England’s strongest XI as a batter alone but when … Read more

Ashes: Opening Test between England and Australia is in danger of being completely washed out

Opening Ashes Test is in danger of being completely WASHED OUT… with forecasts predicting La Nina storms will batter Brisbane for the first four days having already seriously disrupted England’s preparations The La Nina weather pattern has disrupted England’s preparations for the Ashes  England managed just 29 overs on the first morning of their first … Read more

Ashes: Trevor Bayliss opens up on why England will need to get off to a good start against Australia

Trevor Bayliss was given a taste of what to expect as an Australian in the unique position of coaching England as soon as he began preparing for his first Ashes Test. ‘It was funny,’ says the man from the old enemy’s camp who earned both Ashes and, spectacularly, World Cup success during a productive five-year … Read more

England Women storm to record-breaking 20-0 win over Latvia as Ellen White beats Kelly Smith record

More questions have been raised about the fairness of pitting top nations against minnows after England Women stormed to an incredible 20-0 win over Latvia. It was a record-breaking night at the Keepmoat Stadium as the Lionesses recorded their biggest ever win, while Ellen White became the country’s all-time leading goalscorer. The result comes just … Read more

Ben Stokes ‘fit and hungry’ for England return in Australia Ashes showdown | England cricket team

Ben Stokes has declared himself “fit and hungry for a big series” ahead of next week’s first Ashes Test. The all-rounder was not named in the original England squad for the forthcoming series having taken an indefinite break to focus on his mental health and recovery from a fractured finger, but was subsequently added to … Read more

Jack Leach says joke may be on Australia after wet buildup to Ashes | England cricket team

It wouldn’t be an Ashes tour without England players getting chirped by the locals but the latest example left Jack Leach wondering whether the joke might be on Australia. “I was having some food the other day in Brisbane with Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad and some guy came over afterwards and started saying: ‘Hey … Read more