Cricket: England's flash of good fortune

First Ashes Test: Australia 485 & 237-3 dec England 375 & 179- 6 Match drawn: Torrential rain rescues tourists to earn a draw from a contest that was swinging Australia's way

Cricket: England scrape one-run victory

Crawley shines as Gough comes to the rescue to make a winning start to Ashes tour

Cricket: Gruelling first steps across a great divide

Success in an Ashes series must be the ultimate high in cricket and to achieve it in Australia would be extremely sweet. Make no mistake, winning them is the biggest and most exciting challenge for any English player. I have always wanted to experience this tour and I was delighted to be picked.

Cricket: Survival of fittest awaits Ashes squad

ACCORDING TO the spin doctors of their tourist board, Australia is a pleasant country of barbecues, beaches and cuddly koalas. For the 17 members of England's cricket team announced this morning at Lord's the reality will be quite different and several months of hardship await, particularly if Shane Warne is fit enough to do some spinning of his own.

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As the top left-handed batsmen of their generation in English cricket, they presumably have much in common?

Cricket: Brown and Russell state their case

Gloucestershire 266-7 Surrey 270-3 Surrey win by seven wickets

Cricket: Fleming still upbeat after close defeat

MATTHEW FLEMING tasted defeat for the first time as an England cricketer yesterday but still ended up feeling strangely fulfilled. Fleming, the all-rounder and former captain in the Royal Green Jackets, said his fifth one-day international cap confirmed to him what a good limited-overs team had been moulded around the captain, Adam Hollioake, last winter.

Cricket: England edged out in thrilling finish

England 266 West Indies 267-9 West Indies win by one wicket: Second one-day international: Williams and Hooper provide winning platform after tourists neutralise difficult early conditions

Cricket: Bad back forces Thorpe home

GRAHAM THORPE returned home from England's tour of the West Indies on Tuesday night with a back injury. Thorpe has been troubled by the injury since the Barbados Test match.

Cricket: Knight's century proves decisive

England 293-5; W Indies 277 England win by 16 runs

Cricket: Mark of class at end of a seven-year hitch

Andrew Caddick shares the unbounded joy of a team-mate finding fulfilment at last

Cricket: Batsmen can enjoy old-fashioned pitch

THIS is Kensington Oval as it used to be. This is a pitch that reminds old-timers of the days when the many great batsmen produced by this tiny island of Barbados used to feast themselves against bowlers from wherever they came.

Cricket: Magnificent Ramprakash saves the day

Bridgetown, Barbados: England 229-5 v West Indies

Cricket: The giant shadow of the tall guy

Andrew Longmore feels both sides are haunted by brooding figure of Ambrose

Cricket: Lara fires West Indies fightback

Fourth Test: Third-wicket pair repair early damage inflicted by Headley and Fraser to give home side the advantage
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