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Oh, what a bashing! England beaten in three days in Barbados

Australia beware, the Windies have tasted flesh and appear hungry to take on Michael Clarke’s men next month.

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Jason Gillespie has turned down offers to coach South Australia, but soon may get the chance to coach England.

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It may not be 2005, but The Ashes will be a thrilling contest

We are set for a classic Ashes series in England. While it almost certainly won’t be as lofty in standard as the epic 2005 contest, I think it may well be just as closely fought.

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West Indies, set 192 for a series-levelling victory in the third Test against England, reached tea on the third day struggling on 70 for three at Kensington Oval in Barbados.

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Cricket Australia have dismissed as “highly speculative” reports that Michael Clarke and David Warner could be offered $50 million contracts to play for an Indian-financed rebel league.

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Cricket lovers, rebel, we need to rediscover the golden age

Goodness, but this is getting tiresome. The news that an Indian billionaire is planning to lure cricketing stars to a rebel organisation brings on a depressing bout of deja vu.

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Cricket Australia addresses rumoured rebel cricket league

Cricket Australia released a statement today remarking on the rumoured rebel cricket league being set up around the world.

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Will captain Cook be England’s Ashes Achilles heel?

In its pomp the West Indies made targeting the opposition captain an art form. More than any other batsman in the opposing line-up, it was the skipper who felt the physical might of the Windies pace attack.

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Steve Smith has delivered a verbal blow to England’s rediscovered confidence, saying they won’t “come close” to winning The Ashes based on both teams’ current form.

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Curtly Ambrose’s method is well worth copying

Somewhere in my attic, among the bags of old clothes and Christmas decorations, is a box of video cassettes.

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Windies showing sporadic spirit but no match for Australia

The decline of West Indian Test cricket has been as much a result of poor attitude as a lack of talent.

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Dry surfaces or not, Anderson is England’s main man

A comment on my piece from last week, followed by events in Antigua a few days later, provided the stimulus for what’s to follow.

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Aussies set to be tested by the Windies’ pace attack

Australia’s next two Test opponents, the West Indies and England, are battling in the Caribbean. This is what I learnt about these sides from the first Test, which ended in a draw on Saturday.

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Team scores 579, batsman makes 350 in a one dayer

Liam Livingstone has smashed all batting records known to man to lead his Nantwich side to a mammoth score of 7/579 in just 45 overs in a club match in England against Caldy.

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Jimmy Anderson breaks Sir Ian Botham’s record

Fast bowler Jimmy Anderson broke England’s Test wicket-taking record in Antigua overnight, in a double celebration.

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Will Australia play two spinners in The Ashes?

On Australia’s upcoming Test tour, the West Indian pitches will offer plenty to spinners. This also looks to be a distinct possibility in the following Ashes series.

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England captain Alastair Cook (left) and Australian captain Michael Clarke. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

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Bald Archy entry 'Simply Marvellous' a portrait of cricket commentator Richie Benaud by James Brennan. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

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The Roar of the crowd

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The mysterious case of Marlon Samuels

By Dan O'Sullivan, 1 May 2015 Video
The mysterious case of Marlon Samuels

Twenty one balls to get off the mark. Dropped on 27. A grinding, patient half century off 142 balls in bowler friendly conditions.

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Joe Root is the key to England’s long-term success

By Lachlan Ballingall, 29 Apr 2015
Joe Root is the key to England’s long-term success

Joe Root, the young man from Yorkshire, is slowly but surely looking the real deal for England in all three formats of cricket.

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The retirements of Sangakkara and Chanderpaul will be the end of an era

In my 21 years I’ve been lucky enough to watch a few greats of the game grace the cricket field.

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Michael Clarke in the Big Bash just doesn’t add up

Some serious questions must be asked about whether Michael Clarke signing on for the Melbourne Stars for the next two years is really a good move.

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The West Indies spinner set to play a part in The Ashes

In the second Test against the West Indies, England will face a leg spinner in a Test match for the first time since Steve Smith’s part-time offerings in the 2013-14 Ashes.

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The day that Jason Holder arrived

By Dan O'Sullivan, 22 Apr 2015

It may have gone unnoticed to casual observers during the World Cup, but Jason Holder can bat.

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Michael Vaughan is the man to rescue English cricket

As the unravelling of English cricket continues on a global level, the new state of affairs has started to somewhat feel inevitable. The country that invented the game is spiralling downward.

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How do we build on Hughes and Benaud’s legacies?

They were born almost 60 years apart, yet died within months of each other, both at the hands of the game they loved: one felled by a ball, the other by the long-term effects of not wearing a hat.

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The very best of Richie Benaud’s playing career

The legendary Richie Benaud, who passed away aged 84 on April 10, was one of the most influential figures in post-war cricket. He was a champion leg-spinner, an inspirational captain, an eminent writer and arguably the finest commentator of our time.

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Three reasons why we all loved Richie Benaud

Leigh Matthews was once described as having ‘no natural predators’ in Aussie Rules. The same description could be applied to Richie Benaud.

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The real sound of summer for my generation

In the mid to late 1970s, the sound of summer for many young teens was Sherbert, Skyhooks, and a little later The Angels and Australian Crawl.

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Richie Benaud brought cricket broadcasting to life

The game speaks of eternal beginnings – and never endings. Cricket, by its very creation, suggests time aplenty, with kept fields, ponderous sessions and tea breaks.

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Farewell Richie Benaud, you brought cricket to life

As the sun rises today over Coogee’s Wedding Cake Island, this nation will be one soul less. One icon less. One legend less. One very nice fella less.

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There will never be another Richie Benaud

By The lazy Phoenix, 10 Apr 2015
There will never be another Richie Benaud

The cricketing world and Australia lost a true legend as Richie Benaud passed away in his sleep, aged 84.

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Farewell to an Australian icon, Richie Benaud

Put the flags at half-mast. Today is a sad day.

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Marvel amongst legends: Richie Benaud passes away

By Vas Venkatramani, 10 Apr 2015
Marvel amongst legends: Richie Benaud passes away

Richard Benaud has passed away aged 84 in his sleep overnight in Sydney.

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Richie-Benaud

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West Indies' opener Chris Gayle

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England's Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara shake hands with Australian cricketers. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS

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Australia's James Faulkner (2nd R) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of England's Ian Bell (not pictured) during play on the fifth day of the fifth Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia at the Oval in London on August 25, 2013. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK --RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO ASSOCIATION WITH DIRECT COMPETITOR OF SPONSOR, PARTNER, OR SUPPLIER OF THE ECB--

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Umpire Aleem Dar (C) uses a light metre to check the light levels next to umpire Kumar Dharmasena (L) and Australia's captain Michael Clarke (R)

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Steve Smith celebrating Australia's Cricket World Cup victory

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Australia's Brad Haddin, centre, and James Pattinson walk from the pitch after their side's loss by 14 runs to England on the final day of the opening Ashes series cricket match at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England, Sunday, July 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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