Stephen Brenkley

Stephen Brenkley is Cricket Correspondent for The Independent.

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Andrew Strauss will come out of retirement to lead a side in a fund-raising Twenty20 game

Ashes 2015: 'It's not about life and death, it's a game of cricket,' says former England captain Andrew Strauss

Strauss will come out of retirement to lead a side in a fund-raising Twenty20 match at The Oval in September

Damien Martyn celebrates his maiden Test century against England in 2001

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Australian veteran of that series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test

Trevor Bayliss takes his bow as England’s new coach at Lord’s on Wednesday

Ashes 2015: Trevor Bayliss pledges England will 'fight fire with fire' when they take on Australia this summer

New coach vows to be positive in series and springs shock by calling up Adil Rashid

Trevor Bayliss, the ‘take it or leave it’ Aussie, leading England in the Ashes

New coach admits he’s ‘rough around the edges’ as he takes on compatriots

Man of the match: Stuart Broad holding the urn at The Oval

Ashes 2015: Stuart Broad on why sledging is not going to beat Australia this summer

Playing 'aggressive, free-flowing cricket' is how England can win the series, says bowler

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Ashes 2015: 'The challenge is sticking to our new game under pressure,' says Alastair Cook

Captain returns to face Australia relishing the recent enthusiasm generated by England team and keen to work with new coach Trevor Bayliss

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Australia 348-3 vs Kent: Batsman stakes claim for opener spot against England with century

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Michael Clarke's side start their tour against Kent - and should soon show the hard edge they will take into Test series

Eoin Morgan in full flow for England at The Oval on Friday

Twenty20 struggling to create room for itself as 50-over game thrives

If 50-over cricket is now an elongated Twenty20 on speed, what does that make the original short form game? That is probably imponderable but equally something of an answer may be offered today at Old Trafford when England meet New Zealand in a solitary match.

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