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Finn pinpoints Root and Smith as key Ashes men

Joe Root and Steve Smith could hold the key to success for England and Australia in the forthcoming Ashes series, says Steven Finn.
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Stokes ready for Ashes battle - Collingwood

Ben Stokes will not take a backward step when England lock horns with Australia in the first Ashes Test in Cardiff on Wednesday.
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McGrath doubtful England can handle Ashes pressure

England's resurgent form will not stand up to the pressures of an Ashes series, according to Australia great Glenn McGrath.
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Confident Broad keen not to build up Australia

The challenge posed by Australia should not be overly built-up by England ahead of the Ashes series, according to paceman Stuart Broad.
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Mathews outshines Rahat as Sri Lanka eye victory

A topsy-turvy day three ended with Sri Lanka well placed to defeat Pakistan in the third Test in Pallekele.
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Du Plessis praises Proteas bowlers

A disciplined bowling display from South Africa was praised by captain Faf du Plessis as the tourists beat Bangladesh in the first Twenty20.
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Captain's knock from Du Plessis wins it for Proteas

South Africa Twenty20 captain Faf du Plessis led from the front to secure victory against Bangladesh.
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No extra pressure on Smith

Steve Smith is ready for Australia's first Ashes Test against England and insists he is unfazed by the talk surrounding him.
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Retirement toughest ever decision - Harris

Retiring from cricket ahead of the Ashes in England was a difficult decision for Australian Ryan Harris.
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Root: Warner comments are ridiculous

England batsman Joe Root was baffled by David Warner's explanation of why he landed a blow on him in a bar two years ago.
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Atapattu hails Sri Lanka bowlers

Sri Lanka moved into a strong position in the winner-takes-all third Test against Pakistan and coach Marvan Atapattu hailed his bowlers.
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Hazlewood stars for Australia after Harris blow

On the day Ryan Harris announced his retirement from cricket, fellow seamer Josh Hazlewood starred in Australia's victory against Essex.
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Pakistan struggle in the Pallekele rain

Rain disrupted what proved to be a difficult day's play for Pakistan in the winner-takes-all third Test in Sri Lanka.
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Bowlers key for Bangladesh's T20 hopes, says Mortaza

Bangladesh's bowlers must fire on all cylinders if they are to beat South Africa on Sunday, says captain Mashrafe Mortaza.
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Cook can overtake Tendulkar, but not as captain - Vaughan

Alastair Cook can catch Sachin Tendulkar's Test runs record, but not as England captain, says Michael Vaughan.
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Injured Harris ruled out of Ashes, retires from cricket

Australia's Ashes preparations suffered a blow as paceman Ryan Harris was ruled out of the tour and announced his immediate retirement.
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Botham hails 'inspirational' Clarke

Michael Clarke's "inspirational" captaincy will be key to Australia winning their first Ashes in England for 14 years, says Ian Botham.
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Clarke: Harris likely to miss first Test

Michael Clarke has all but accepted that Ryan Harris will miss Australia's first Test against England.
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Clarke scores well, but Aussie batsmen toil

Australia's batsmen endured a difficult time on day three of their tour match at Essex, with Michael Clarke digging them out of a hole.
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Hathurusingha unconcerned by Bangladesh history against South Africa

Chandika Hathurusingha dismissed talk of Bangladesh's poor record against South Africa ahead of their Twenty20 clash on Sunday.
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