The first session of the First Test has often proved a pivotal passage of play in Ashes series Down Under. Even the first ball; Steve Harmison’s wide to second slip in 2006, or Michael Slater smashing Phil DeFreitas through cover point for four in 1994. It tends to “set the tone”, as the pundits like to say – and the tone in the Sky Sports commentary box these days is like a dressing-room banter free-for-all.
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England XI first Innings 318 for 0 (93 overs)
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Ireland centre is entering his final season of professional rugby, and Robin Scott-Elliot takes a look at where the 34-year-old finds himself after a testing summer of Lions rugby
Australia 315-7 England 227: Clarke leads the charge as Australia take the series lead with 88-run victory
Australia 248-6 England 209-6 (Australia win by 39 runs)
Yorkshire 327-8 v Nottinghamshire
Australians 366-5 dec & 152-2 Sussex 368-7 dec
The second Test begins on Thursday
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Jet-heeled 21-year-old says he copped a 'lot of stick' from team mates for gesture
England will announce their first Test squad of the summer on Saturday. The chairman of selectors, Geoff Miller, will not be required to learn new lines.
Greater wax moth is capable of hearing sounds 100 times higher than the whiniest human voice
Anybody in Yorkshire will mention two things about their team this summer. This is apart from Joe Root being the next big thing, which is now deemed to be so obvious they barely speak about it any longer.
As the Big Thaw brings more flooding, Tom Peck investigates if floating homes can meet housing need in age of increased rainfall.