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India vs South Africa is what you need to watch if you think Ashes 2017 is a sign of Test cricket dying a slow death
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India vs South Africa is what you need to watch if you think Ashes 2017 is a sign of Test cricket dying a slow death

The recent India-South Africa Test at Cape Town could perhaps serve as the answer to questions over Test cricket's relevance in this era, given the amount of thrills it offered to fans.

Ashes 2017: Australian bowlers help to complete 4-0 rout at Sydney; lack of pace England's big bane
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Ashes 2017: Australian bowlers help to complete 4-0 rout at Sydney; lack of pace England's big bane

The only time England looked in a box seat was at end of day one, but as has so often been the case throughout the series, they had not been able to cash in.

Marsh brothers, Nathan Lyon take Australia to commanding position against England on Day 4 of Sydney Test
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Marsh brothers, Nathan Lyon take Australia to commanding position against England on Day 4 of Sydney Test

Check out the best photos from Day Four of the final Test between Australia and England, taking place at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Ashes 2017: While Marsh brothers stole limelight on Day 4, Pat Cummins bowled one of the best spells in series
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Ashes 2017: While Marsh brothers stole limelight on Day 4, Pat Cummins bowled one of the best spells in series

Cummins might have had the luxury of putting his feet up for nearly two days, but he used that to his advantage by bowling one of the best spells in the Ashes series.

Ashes 2017: Nathan Lyon, Marsh brothers put Australia on brink of victory against England
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Ashes 2017: Nathan Lyon, Marsh brothers put Australia on brink of victory against England

Shaun and Mitchell Marsh became the third set of brothers to score centuries in the same innings for Australia after Greg & Ian Chappell and Steve & Mark Waugh.

Ashes 2017: Australia's attritional brand of cricket in Sydney Test heaps more misery on England
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Ashes 2017: Australia's attritional brand of cricket in Sydney Test heaps more misery on England

The pitches might be flat and the English attack might be toothless, but this Australian team is learning to be ruthless, in a manner not many Australian teams have done in the past.

Ashes 2017: Usman Khawaja's century helps Australia open up 133-run lead against England on Day 3
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Ashes 2017: Usman Khawaja's century helps Australia open up 133-run lead against England on Day 3

Khawaja top-scored with 171 while Shaun Marsh finished unbeaten on 98 after Steve Smith fell for 83 as Australia built a substantial lead on Day 4.

Ashes 2017: Usman Khawaja's steely determination pays off on Day 2 as southpaw gets closer to much-needed Test ton
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Ashes 2017: Usman Khawaja's steely determination pays off on Day 2 as southpaw gets closer to much-needed Test ton

Khawaja defiance led to Root trying to attack him with Mason Crane. Having worked out that Crane bowled a fuller length, Khawaja employed the sweep and played around with field.

Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith delight Sydney crowd, put Australia in driver's seat on Day 2 of the 5th Ashes Test
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Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith delight Sydney crowd, put Australia in driver's seat on Day 2 of the 5th Ashes Test

Australia ended the second day of the final Ashes Test at Sydney on a commanding 193/2 in response to England's first innings total of 346.

Ashes 2017: England leg-spinner Mason Crane takes comfort in Shane Warne's Test debut
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Ashes 2017: England leg-spinner Mason Crane takes comfort in Shane Warne's Test debut

Crane, who at 20 is the youngest specialist spinner to play for England in 90 years, made a creditable start to his Test cricket career with figures of no wicket for 58 off 17 overs.

Ashes 2017: Steve Smith completes another milestone as Australia end Day 2 on strong note against England
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Ashes 2017: Steve Smith completes another milestone as Australia end Day 2 on strong note against England

Australia captain Steve Smith became the second fastest batsman to reach 6,000 Test runs in his 111th innings, second only to the legendary Don Bradman.

Ashes 2017: Erratic Mitchell Starc has the last laugh on Day 1 at SCG as sublime Joe Root falls short of ton again
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Ashes 2017: Erratic Mitchell Starc has the last laugh on Day 1 at SCG as sublime Joe Root falls short of ton again

Mitchell Starc had looked ordinary on Day 1, but such was his luck that with possibly the worst ball of day, he managed to dismiss the well-set Joe Root.

Ashes 2017: MCG's placid surface depriving 4th Test of any contest is why we should despise such wickets
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Ashes 2017: MCG's placid surface depriving 4th Test of any contest is why we should despise such wickets

The fourth Ashes Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) was mostly a boring affair, made so by a "drop in" pitch made for easy batting and remained so throughout.

Ashes 2017: England's Joe Root lauds team's response after losing series, hopes to end tour with win at Sydney
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Ashes 2017: England's Joe Root lauds team's response after losing series, hopes to end tour with win at Sydney

Root won't countenance anything but victory in Sydney to finish the Test series, bedevilled by off-field troubles.

Ashes 2017: England prevent whitewash at Melbourne against Australia in a result that really does matter
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Ashes 2017: England prevent whitewash at Melbourne against Australia in a result that really does matter

That England won’t lose every game in this Ashes series represents a turnaround. That is how bad things had got. The series had gone, but this result mattered.

Ashes 2017: Australia captain Steve Smith scores 23rd Test ton to deny England first win of series
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Ashes 2017: Australia captain Steve Smith scores 23rd Test ton to deny England first win of series

The Australia skipper stonewalled the English bowling attack to remain unconquered on 102 for his third century of the series.

Ashes 2017: Rain frustrates England as visitors push for victory against Australia in Melbourne Test
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Ashes 2017: Rain frustrates England as visitors push for victory against Australia in Melbourne Test

England, with all the momentum after Alastair Cook's record-breaking innings of 244 not out, snared the wickets of Cameron Bancroft and Usman Khawaja to send early jitters.

Highlights Cricket score and updates, Ashes 2017, Australia vs England, 4th Test, Day 4 in Melbourne
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Highlights Cricket score and updates, Ashes 2017, Australia vs England, 4th Test, Day 4 in Melbourne

Catch all the live updates of the day four of the Boxing Day Test between England and Australia. Steve Smith's men lead the Ashes 3-0

Ashes 2017: Alastair Cook says it would have been right if he was dropped after string of poor performances
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Ashes 2017: Alastair Cook says it would have been right if he was dropped after string of poor performances

Cook, 33, said he would have understood being dropped, but he bounced back in the Boxing Day Test to present his team with a chance of victory.