Stephen Brenkley

Stephen Brenkley is Cricket Correspondent for The Independent.

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England celebrate winning the First Ashes Test
Moeen Ali (L) celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's Steven Smith

Ashes 2015 day two report: England take advantage in Cardiff with five Australian wickets

England 430, Australia 264/5: The hosts started the day by adding some useful lower order runs

Joe Root hit a terrific 134
A replica urn sits on the turf at Swalec Stadium in Cardiff, ahead of the first Ashes Test match

Ashes 2015: Captains pledge to be true to their word and not cross line in battle for the urn

The last series was marred by sledging so Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke have promised this one will be hard but fair. But is that just hot air...?

Jos Buttler takes part in a fielding drill in Cardiff on Monday

Ashes 2015: Jos Buttler praises impact of Sir Ian Botham's pep talk to England team

'Beefy told us we have to enjoy the cricket and embrace the series,' reveals batsman

England captain Charlotte Edwards will be competing in her eighth Ashes series later this month

Women's Ashes 2015: England prepare to defend their trophy in the full glare of publicity

The team will again be led by Charlotte Edwards, competing in her eighth Ashes series

Adam Voges is about to play in his first Ashes at the age of 35

Ashes 2015: Mitchell Johnson back to the speed of last series, warns Adam Voges

Australia's new boy reveals net sessions are lively as fast bowler returns to his peak

Adam Lyth, left, and Mark Wood meet the fans at Cardiff Castle ahead of the first Test

Ashes 2015: Five key areas for England to focus on if they are to wrest urn from Australia

If the bowlers expose Australia’s slightly embryonic middle order, prosperity could ensue

Alastair Cook celebrates reaching his double century at Brisbane on his way to 235 not out in a drawn Test. He goes on to score 766 runs in the series.

Ashes 2015: Captain Alastair Cook and a voyage of discovery

COMMENT: England’s skipper has a reputation for being cautious but if he can embrace his team’s new spirit of adventure there is a chance they can pull off a glorious shock in the Ashes series, which begins on Wednesday

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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

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