Darren Gough

England go into series as favourites, says Gilchrist

England's unity gives them a slight edge going into the Ashes, according to the former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist. The 39-year-old – who played in the last two Ashes series Down Under, both of them won by Australia – expects a tight series but he believes England's fastidious preparation for the first Test in Brisbane next week could be crucial as Australia struggle to decide on their best XI.

Lawson eyes England coaching role

Former Australia seamer and Pakistan national coach Geoff Lawson has declared his interest in taking over as England fast bowling coach.

Tykes consider Gale after McGrath quits

Anthony McGrath has resigned as captain of Yorkshire and is expected to be replaced today by either Andrew Gale or Jacques Rudolph, McGrath's understudy last season.

England 253 & 91-2 New Zealand 168: England saved by timeless virtues

Ryan Sidebottom is a man behind his time and England should be hugely thankful for it. The modern game, with all its coaches, tactics, analysts and hype, likes to believe that change equals improvement, but Sidebottom continues to prove the theory wrong by exhibiting the virtues of bowling that have stood the test of time: line, length and a bloody big heart.