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Ashes 2021-22: Ricky Ponting slams Joe Root and England team after poor performance in Test series
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Ashes 2021-22: Ricky Ponting slams Joe Root and England team after poor performance in Test series

Ricky Ponting said he has never seen a 'worse-performing team in Australia' than the current England side.

Ashes: Ben Stokes' inclusion a mastermind, feels former Australia speedster Brett Lee
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Ashes: Ben Stokes' inclusion a mastermind, feels former Australia speedster Brett Lee

In a chat with Firstpost, Lee talks about the impact talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes could have on England’s campaign in the upcoming Ashes as well as his own experience of playing in the iconic series.

Ashes: Nathan Lyon backs Australia to whitewash England 5-0, sets sights on 400th Test wicket
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Ashes: Nathan Lyon backs Australia to whitewash England 5-0, sets sights on 400th Test wicket

England have lost nine of their last 10 Tests in Australia going back more than a decade and haven't won in Brisbane — where the opening Test starts next Wednesday — since 1986.

Ashes: England's Chris Woakes calls for off-field issues plaguing both camps to not be brought up during series
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Ashes: England's Chris Woakes calls for off-field issues plaguing both camps to not be brought up during series

Australia skipper Tim Paine quit over a text-message scandal while English cricket has been engulfed in claims of institutional racism. But Woakes said he was confident both sides would let the cricket do the talking when play starts at the Gabba ground next Wednesday.

Ashes: ‘Excited’ Alex Carey confirmed as Tim Paine’s replacement in Australia squad
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Ashes: ‘Excited’ Alex Carey confirmed as Tim Paine’s replacement in Australia squad

Carey has played plenty of limited-overs cricket for Australia and stood in as the one-day captain in the West Indies this year, but is yet to feature in a Test match.

Ashes: Alex Carey expected to replace Tim Paine as Australia wicketkeeper; rain hampers team’s preparations
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Ashes: Alex Carey expected to replace Tim Paine as Australia wicketkeeper; rain hampers team’s preparations

Carey has featured in limited-overs cricket for Australia and stood in as ODI skipper in the West Indies this year, but he has never played a Test match.

Melbourne to witness full houses for Boxing Day Ashes Test, 2022 Australian Open after easing of restrictions
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Melbourne to witness full houses for Boxing Day Ashes Test, 2022 Australian Open after easing of restrictions

Victoria Premier Dan Andrews said that the state was about to hit 90 percent vaccination, allowing long-standing restrictions to be swept aside, including capacity limits on sporting events.

Usman Khawaja, Jhye Richardson recalled in Australia's Ashes squad for first two Tests
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Usman Khawaja, Jhye Richardson recalled in Australia's Ashes squad for first two Tests

there was no place for fellow World Cup standout Mitchell Marsh, despite calls for the all-rounder to be given another chance at Test level.

Ben Stokes 'on track' to make England return in Ashes opener, says Joe Root
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Ben Stokes 'on track' to make England return in Ashes opener, says Joe Root

The star all-rounder has joined England's red-ball specialists in an advance party for the five-Test series as they await the arrival of the players involved in the T20 World Cup.

Australia captain Tim Paine expects 'really strong' England side for upcoming Ashes
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Australia captain Tim Paine expects 'really strong' England side for upcoming Ashes

The ECB was due to meet this week, and Paine said the feedback he had received was positive and he expected most players to tour, including Root.

Ben Stokes undergoes second surgery on index finger, likely to miss Ashes
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Ben Stokes undergoes second surgery on index finger, likely to miss Ashes

Stokes, who has been on indefinite leave since pulling out of the home Test series against India, initially underwent surgery four months ago after he picked up the injury on his left index finger while playing in the IPL for Rajasthan Royals.

England's Stuart Broad 'working tirelessly' to play Ashes despite concerns over Australian COVID-19 protocol
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England's Stuart Broad 'working tirelessly' to play Ashes despite concerns over Australian COVID-19 protocol

The England and Wales Cricket Board are "very confident" the Ashes series will go ahead as planned amid Australia's tight border controls.

Usman Khawaja backs embattled Aussie coach Justin Langer, urges players to stop undermining him
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Usman Khawaja backs embattled Aussie coach Justin Langer, urges players to stop undermining him

The Australian coach's position has come under heavy scrutiny since last week amid dressing room leaks about his intensity and mood swings that have not gone down well with the players.

Australia's Test skipper Tim Paine urges Steve Smith not to rush injury return
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Australia's Test skipper Tim Paine urges Steve Smith not to rush injury return

Smith is a crucial cog in Australia's drive to retain the urn after their gripping 2019 series in England, where he was the standout performer on his return from a ban for ball-tampering.

Jofra Archer says focus is to not rush comeback post-elbow operation, play T20 World Cup and Ashes
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Jofra Archer says focus is to not rush comeback post-elbow operation, play T20 World Cup and Ashes

The 26-year-old Sussex bowler is rehabilitating after an operation last week and is ready to miss England's summer fixtures in a bid to finally resolve a problem with his right elbow.

Tim Paine hints at giving up Test captaincy if Australia claim Ashes, backs Steve Smith to lead side
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Tim Paine hints at giving up Test captaincy if Australia claim Ashes, backs Steve Smith to lead side

The 36-year-old Paine has been under intense scrutiny after Australia were beaten 1-2 by an injury-ravaged India in a home Test series earlier this season.