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The Australian summer has arrived and with it, an Ashes series against the Old Enemy and a bunch of maniacal team selections.

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Steve Smith has done an awful lot for Australia with the bat since becoming captain, now he must also contribute with the ball in the biggest series of his career.

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It is barely a week before the most heated cricket rivalry resumes, with the first Test at Brisbane’s Gabba.

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Steve Smith will serve more as consultant than commander at Wednesday’s selection meeting that will decide Australia’s XI for the Ashes opener.

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Sir Don Bradman’s 334 against England at Headingley in 1930 was the highest Test score ever by an Australian batsman.

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After heated debate for months and months across the winter, and many auditions from plenty of players, the Australian selectors will have to choose their eleven for the first Test, in the biggest series in world cricket, the Ashes.

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It’s finally upon us.

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The Ashes are now just three weeks away, and it seems both nations are still far from certain about their best starting eleven.

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The opening round of the Sheffield Shield only added to the intrigue surrounding Australia’s Ashes line-up.

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Veteran batsman Ed Cowan, last season’s leading Sheffield Shield run-scorer, has been squeezed out of a star-studded NSW side for the opening round of the competition starting this week.

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Rain briefly threatened to bring Australia into the match but in the end they were soundly beaten in the first Twenty20in India yesterday, continuing their nightmare tour.

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Steve Smith is in doubt for Australia’s first T20 international against India with a shoulder injury.

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Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Steve Smith… the list runs long with great Australian captains.

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Australian captain Steve Smith was looking forward to his milestone of 100 ODIs overnight, but the second loss to India killed any celebrations.

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Australia will start their five-match ODI series in India on Sunday with a vastly weakened attack, missing their two best bowlers as well as their second-highest wicket taker from last year.

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The Australian cricket team defeated Bangladesh at Chittagong last week to tie the two-Test series after losing the first match in Dhaka.

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Australia have continued their renaissance in Asia after registering a comfortable win in the second Test in Bangladesh yesterday to draw the series.

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Steve Smith remains upbeat Australian cricket’s protracted pay crisis is almost over, but the skipper admits the prospect of an unprecedented Test boycott is still in play.

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In any cricket team, from the Australian national side, to the Lindfield U/8 Cs, the best batsman has to be your captain.

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Generations of cricketers have grown up in this country with the dream of playing in an Ashes series.

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