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Veteran Aley picked for first women's T20

Australia have brought bowlers Sarah Aley and Delissa Kimmince into their side for the opening women's Ashes Twenty20 in Sydney.

England get good news on sidelined quicks

England expect quick Jake Ball to be available for selection for next week's Ashes opener, less than a fortnight after he sprained his ankle in a warm-up match.

England's Ali finds rhythm in Townsville    

Moeen Ali has claimed two wickets on return from a side strain against a Cricket Australia XI in the visitors' last warm-up match before the Ashes.

Tim's pain worthwhile for shot at Ashes    

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine has been recalled to Australia's side for the Ashes having last played Test cricket in 2010.

Australia confused, England settled: Warne    

Shane Warne believes England are more settled than Australia based on the hosts' surprise selections for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Paine joins list of Aussie Ashes bolters

Tim Paine has been unveiled as one of Australia's biggest Ashes bolters in four decades after coming from obscurity to land the wicketkeeping role.

Marsh should give hope to over-30s: Hohns    

Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns and skipper Steve Smith say Shaun Marsh deserves his eighth Test recall.

Sayers' Test debut looms in Adelaide    

Chadd Sayers' chances of making a Test debut at hometown Adelaide have improved with Australia appearing to shelve their search for an allrounder.

England in late collapse against CA XI    

England have lost 5-38 late in their first innings to finish at 515 in their last warm-up match before the Ashes against an inexperienced Cricket Australia XI.

Renshaw to bounce back after Smith call    

Matthew Renshaw has vowed to reclaim his Test opening spot after being consoled by Australian captain Steve Smith over his Ashes axing.

The nine Test lives of batsman Shaun Marsh    

Shaun Marsh has played 23 Tests across eight chances as an Australian player, but will have a chance to add to that tally in his ninth life during the Ashes.

Australia's most divisive Ashes selections

The four selection debates that have divided Australian cricket.

Paine and Bancroft in Ashes Test squad

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine, debutant opener Cameron Bancroft and veteran batsman Shaun Marsh have been named in Australia's Ashes squad.

England say Cook will rise from Ashes    

Alastair Cook has the worst tour average of anyone in England's top order but his opening partner Mark Stoneman says that won't matter come the first Test.

Ashes axe to leave Wade's career on rocks    

Incumbent Test wicketkeeper Matthew Wade is set to be dropped for the Ashes with Tim Paine expected to earn a shock recall.

Wade admits Ashes axe could spell the end    

Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade fears his Test career will be over if he is dumped by Australian selectors for the Ashes.

England's bats take prep into own hands    

Four English batsmen have passed 50 against a Cricket Australia XI but they know they'll face a far stiffer test when the Ashes gets underway.

Rain denies Maxwell precious Shield runs    

Play has been abandoned in Victoria's Sheffield Shield clash with Tasmania, denying Glenn Maxwell precious time at the crease.

Bancroft expected to make Ashes Test debut    

Australia will soon unveil their XI for the first Test against England, with intrigue surrounding who will open, bat at No.6 and keep at the Gabba.

Cook, England find runs against CA rookies    

Alastair Cook has been dismissed for 70 but Mark Stoneman has scored England's first Ashes tour century, going to tea at 2-215, in reply to the CA XI's 250.

Sutherland cold on women's Test expansion    

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland says the women's game is unlikely to expand to include more Test cricket.

Rain thwarts Maxwell's bid for Shield runs    

Play is set to resume in Victoria's Sheffield Shield clash with Tasmania after rain denied Glenn Maxwell precious time at the crease.

Omens good for Lyon despite Smith serve

Offspinner Nathan Lyon is confident the omens are good ahead of the Ashes series despite copping a serve from Australia's Test skipper Steve Smith.

Khawaja confident Renshaw will fire    

Test hopeful Usman Khawaja is confident battling Australian opener Matt Renshaw will find form as national selectors mull over their Ashes squad.

Cook fighting for form for England    

Alastair Cook is 38 not out as England went to lunch at 0-102 in their final warm-up match ahead of the Ashes, in reply to Cricket Australia XI's 250.

Captain Mitch Marsh backs young WA attack    

WA skipper Mitch Marsh is confident his team's youthful bowling attack can lift the Warriors to victory against South Australia.

Weatherald twin tons lift SA to Shield win

Redbacks opener Jake Weatherald has scored two centuries to lift South Australia to their second Sheffield Shield win of the season.

Maxwell in the dark about Ashes prospects    

Glenn Maxwell says he has no idea whether he's done enough to bat at No.6 for Australia in the Ashes.

Renshaw has Australian team backing: Lyon    

Test spinner Nathan Lyon says battling opener Matthew Renshaw has the backing of the Australian team's inner sanctum in the lead-up to the Ashes series.

NSW claim six-wicket Shield win over Qld    

Nathan Lyon has admitted to burning toast and setting off a fire alarm, delaying NSW's push for victory over Queensland in their Sheffield Shield match.

Doolan's double could cost Maxwell, Wade    

Victoria have lost early wickets in their second innings after Tasmania had set them a target of 453 runs to win in their Sheffield Shield match at the MCG.

Women's bowler Cheatle suffers back blow    

Talented Australian quick Lauren Cheatle will be out of cricket until at least the end of the year with scans confirming the teenager has a lower back injury.

England breathe sigh of relief on Bairstow    

England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow has returned to the field after injuring his finger in the final warm-up game in Townsville before the Ashes.

Woakes stands up in place of Stokes    

Allrounder Chris Woakes has claimed 6-54 to leave an inexperienced Cricket Australia XI 9-249 after day one of the warm-up match.

NSW close in on Shield win over Qld    

NSW are just 18 runs shy of victory in their Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland in Brisbane.

Maxwell forced to wait as Tasmania stall    

Time may have run out for Glenn Maxwell's Ashes bid after Tasmania's batsmen dug in against Victoria in the Sheffield Shield.

Last-chance saloon for Wade in Shield    

Tasmania have continued to build an imposing lead over Victoria in the Sheffield Shield with Matthew Wade next due at the crease.

Woakes strikes twice for England    

Allrounder Chris Woakes claimed two Cricket Australia XI scalps before lunch to send the hosts to lunch at 2-83 after the first session of their tour match.

Slater loses faith in struggling Renshaw    

Former Australian Test opener Michael Slater believes Matt Renshaw should be dropped in favour of Cameron Bancroft for the Ashes opener.

I didn't throw Renshaw under bus: Langer

Western Australia coach Justin Langer was surprised to learn he was targeted by Brett Geeves in an online column written by the former ODI paceman.

Renshaw survives net session from hell

Battling Test opener Matt Renshaw has undergone a net session from hell in Brisbane to find some touch ahead of next week's Ashes opener.

Subcontinent tours changed me: Cummins    

Australian quick Pat Cummins says this year's gruelling subcontinent tours have finally forged him into a Test force ahead of the Ashes.

Qld's Khawaja all but seals Test recall    

Queensland captain Usman Khawaja reckons he is not thinking about an Ashes Test recall but he may soon have no choice after yet more Sheffield Shield runs.

Bat-pad Bancroft wields more than willow    

Cameron Bancroft is likely to field under the lid for Australia if selected for the Ashes opener but unlike many others there won't be a skerrick of reluctance.

Bancroft out for 17 as Redbacks fight back

Western Australian skipper Mitch Marsh has decided against enforcing the follow-on in the Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia in Perth.

England unfazed by soft Ashes preparations    

England's warm-up matches have been on slow pitches against understrength squads, but captain Joe Root says that won't hurt them come the first Ashes Test.

Nevill obvious 'keeper choice: Ponting    

Peter Nevill failed again for NSW in their Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland but ex-Test skipper Ricky Ponting says he is the obvious Test keeper choice.

Broken finger mended, O'Keefe eyes return    

Steve O'Keefe, who played six Tests for Australia this year, has recovered from a broken finger and is hoping to return to first-class cricket soon.

Bancroft's bumpy road to potential debut    

Potential Ashes debutant Cameron Bancroft is no longer the forgotten man of Australia's batting stocks.

Root tells Aussies to 'bring it on'    

Joe Root has taunted Australia to "bring it on" if they want to target him in the Ashes series, saying England are already prepared for the hosts' aggression.

WA's Bancroft has one foot in Ashes door    

WA opener Cameron Bancroft has boosted his Ashes hopes with a double century against South Australia at the WACA Ground.

Doolan raises bat as Tasmania dig in heels    

Tasmania have dug in to build a handy second-innings lead over Victoria after using a concussion substitute in the Sheffield Shield.

Qld's Renshaw fails again in Shield clash    

Test opener Matt Renshaw has failed again in Queensland's Sheffield Shield clash with NSW in Brisbane ahead of next week's Ashes opener.

England settled on batsmen, but want runs    

No England batsman has scored a century in either of the warm-up matches to start their Ashes tour, a fact captain Joe Root hopes changes in Townsville.

Maxwell should bat No.6 for Ashes: Hodge    

Former Australian Test batsman Brad Hodge says Glenn Maxwell should be given first crack at the No.6 spot for the Ashes.

Nevill fails for NSW in Shield clash    

Ashes wicketkeeper hopeful Peter Nevill has failed with the bat in NSW's Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland in Brisbane.

Dar, Erasmus chosen to umpire Ashes opener    

Umpires Aleem Dar and Marais Erasmus will be handed the responsibility of officiating the first Test between Australia and England.

Cummins wants to be Ashes enforcer

Pat Cummins says he would love to take over Mitchell Johnson's fast bowler enforcer role in the upcoming Ashes series.

Vics collapse, Tasmania ahead in Shield    

Victoria have suffered a dramatic batting collapse to hand Tasmania the first-innings advantage in their Sheffield Shield match.

Aley called into women's T20 squad    

NSW pace bowler Sarah Aley has been named in Australia's squad for the three Ashes Twenty20s against England.

Hodge extends BBL service with Renegades    

Veteran batsman Brad Hodge has signed with the Melbourne Renegades for the 2017-18 Big Bash League season.

Age will benefit Renegades in BBL: Hodge

Veteran batsman Brad Hodge has signed with the Melbourne Renegades for the 2017-18 Big Bash League season.

Kerry O'Keeffe urges Smith to bowl himself

Former legspinner Kerry O'Keeffe wants skipper Steve Smith to bowl himself more often throughout the Ashes.

Aussie quicks forced to hold back in nets    

Australia's quicks have been forced to hold back in the nets but Mitchell Starc says they won't be showing the same restraint in next week's first Ashes Test.

Renshaw out of luck not form: Khawaja    

Under-pressure Test opener Matthew Renshaw is out of luck, not form, according to his Queensland captain Usman Khawaja.

Ashes rivals must handle pressure: Bailey    

Matthew Wade's Ashes hopes and potentially his Test career hang by a thread after he again fell cheaply playing for Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield.

Fears over women's Twenty20 Ashes wicket    

England coach Mark Robinson is hoping a different North Sydney wicket is used for their must-win Ashes Twenty20 opener to the one used in the day-night Test.

Smith has a say but it's not final: Waugh    

The selection panel facing three big calls regarding Australia's XI for the first Ashes Test will listen to Steve Smith's opinion before making its own call.

England learn from Ashes tune-ups: Moeen

England's Moeeen Ali, who will play his first game on tour this week, says the visitors are learning from the reality checks they received in Ashes tune-ups.

Hazlewood newfound spark in Aussie phase attack- Starc

Josh Hazlewood of Australia bowls during the ICC Champions Trophy match between England and Australia June 10, 2017.

According to Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood is bound to be the newfound spark in Australia’s phase attack in the upcoming Ashes series.

Khawaja shining light for Qld in Shield

Usman Khawaja is not getting ahead of himself before the Ashes despite extending his stellar form in Queensland's Sheffield Shield clash with NSW in Brisbane.

Renshaw likely to remain in the Ashes XI

Matthew Renshaw of Australia bats during day three of the Australian Test Cricket inter squad match on August 16, 2017 in Darwin.

Matthew Renshaw is expected to be retained for the first Ashes test when the selectors meet on Wednesday to decide on their playing XI.

Selectors to pick Ashes XI on Wednesday    

Australia's selectors will meet on Wednesday to settle on their XI for the first Ashes Test, with Matthew Renshaw expected to be retained.

Hazlewood the Aussie pace spark: Starc    

Mitchell Starc believes Josh Hazlewood will be the spark for Australia's fast bowling attack in the upcoming Ashes series.

Bancroft continues to press Ashes claims

Western Australia's Cameron Bancroft is making a late case for an Ashes call-up with another classy Sheffield Shield knock.

Aussies out to maul Moeen: O'Keeffe    

Former Australia spinner Kerry O'Keeffe says England's Moeen Ali, who has recovered from a minor side strain, can expect to be targeted throughout the Ashes.

Mott lights fuse for women's Ashes T20s    

Australia women's coach Matthew Mott says England made an Ashes Test draw the most likely outcome after a slow first innings scoring rate.

NSW 3-83 v Qld stumps day one of Shield    

NSW have moved to 3-83 in reply to Queensland's 183 at stumps on day one of their Sheffield Shield clash in Brisbane on Monday.

Wade, Maxwell falter as Ashes fate looms

Ashes hopefuls Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell both fell cheaply on day one of Victoria's Sheffield Shield clash with Tasmania.

Women search for more Tests and fifth day

Sixty-three per cent of women's cricket Tests have ended in draws and Australia captain Rachael Haynes says it's time to introduce a fifth day.

England's patchy bats a concern: coach    

England coach Trevor Bayliss says he is concerned at the scratchy form of some of his batsmen so far on the Ashes tour.

Renshaw needs Shield runs: Warner admits    

Australia deputy David Warner admits Test opening partner Matt Renshaw is under pressure and needs to score Sheffield Shield runs.

Wade, Maxwell in final bid for Shield runs    

Matthew Wade could have one last chance to impress Test selectors when Tasmania face Victoria in the Sheffield Shield.

Stats show Perry is among all-time greats    

Ellyse Perry's record-breaking Ashes knock of 213 not out has further pushed the case that she is one of the greatest allrounders cricket has seen.

Perry ready to pile on pressure with ball    

England need to survive a tense final day of the pink-ball women's Ashes Test if they are to stay in the series after Ellyse Perry's record-breaking innings.

England deny Aussies in women's Ashes Test

Australia need only win one of the last three Twenty20s to retain the Ashes after their pink-ball Test against England ended in a draw.

Aussies to win tight Ashes series: Harris    

Cricket Australia XI coach Ryan Harris believes Australia will win the Ashes, despite his side copping a hammering from England in a tour game in Adelaide.

Cartwright vows to bounce back from pair    

WA's Hilton Cartwright knows he needs to post a big score against South Australia next week if he is to be picked as Australia's No.6 batsman for the Ashes.

Records tumble in women's Ashes Test    

Ellyse Perry's incredible innings of 213 not out meant the mark for Australia's highest Test score was one of several records to fall in the women's Ashes.

Perry's record-breaking Aussie dream    

Ellyse Perry has hit the highest score by an Australian woman in Test cricket, whacking an unbeaten 213 against England, with the hosts declaring at 9-448.

Perry's Test record edges Aussies to urn    

Ellyse Perry's 213, the highest Test score by an Australian woman, has the hosts on top of their Ashes encounter but England might hold out on the final day.

England batting is vulnerable: Harris    

England's batting has been described as vulnerable by Cricket Australia XI coach Ryan Harris.

England secure tour game win in Adelaide    

England have beaten a Cricket Australia XI by 192 runs in their tour game in Adelaide.

Poms draft new paceman into Ashes squad    

England have drafted another paceman into their Ashes squad after an injury to fast bowler Jake Ball.

Aussie women to rely on batting depth    

Australia's overqualified lower order will need to stand up and show their credentials as the crucial one-off Test of the women's Ashes hangs in the balance.

England's batting form not ideal: Anderson    

Vice-captain Jimmy Anderson says the form of England's batsmen isn't where it should be after another worrying early-tour collapse in Adelaide.

Perry adjusts best to keep Aussies in Test    

An unbeaten Ellyse Perry half-century has helped Australia to stumps at 5-177, in reply to England's 280, after day two of the women's day-night Ashes Test.

English pacemen strike back in tour game    

England's bowlers have struck back after the tourists suffered a batting collapse on Friday in their game against a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide.

England bats crash in Ashes tour game    

England's batsmen have crashed spectacularly against a Cricket Australia XI in the tour game at Adelaide Oval.

Cook's scratchy Ashes tour continues    

England stalwart Alastair Cook has been dismissed for 32 against a Cricket Australia XI in the tour game in Adelaide.

Perry half-century keeps Aussies alive    

Australia trail England by 103 with five first-innings wickets in hand after the second day of the women's pink-ball Ashes Test,=.

Handscomb feels for Wade under Ashes glare    

Australian Test teammate Peter Handscomb says wicketkeeper Matthew Wade is a better batsman than his recent record suggests.

England on top in women's Ashes Test    

Teenager Sophie Ecclestone claimed two wickets in the second session as Australia's women fell to 3-84 in the crucial women's Ashes Test.

Starc gets Aussie cricket captain moving    

Paceman Mitchell Starc had Australian captain Steve Smith hopping around in a fascinating net session at the SCG.

English bat braces for Ashes taunts    

England batsman Dawid Malan is bracing for taunts during the Ashes about his South African pedigree.

Hazlewood declares himself ready for Test    

Paceman Josh Hazlewood says he doesn't need to play another game before the first Ashes Test, despite having had just one first-class hitout.

Coulter-Nile injury opens door for Bird    

A back injury to Nathan Coulter-Nile has allowed Tasmania's Jackson Bird a clear path to play the role of Australia's fourth seamer this summer.

Gayle seeks to cash in on Sydney court win    

West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle has promised to tell all about his court experience in Sydney in a chequebook news interview.

Women take 'monumental' step: Perry    

Australian star Ellyse Perry says walking onto North Sydney Oval for the day-night Ashes Test was among the highlights of her career as the women's game surges.

Opening session to be key in women's Ashes    

Both Australia and England have identified day two's afternoon session as a vital one in their day-night Ashes Test at North Sydney Oval.

Brave faces from England as paceman hurt    

Jake Ball is the latest of England's fast-bowling barrage to suffer an injury scare just two weeks out from the first Test against Australia in Brisbane.

Langer backs Bancroft for double role    

Western Australia's Cameron Bancroft has the potential to be a long-term Test wicketkeeper-batsman for Australia according to Justin Langer.

English paceman Ball injured in tour game    

England paceman Jake Ball has sprained an ankle while bowling against a Cricket Australia XI in the tour game in Adelaide.

England paceman sprains ankle in tour game    

England paceman Jake Ball has sprained an ankle while bowling against a Cricket Australia XI in a tour game in Adelaide.

English 'keeper relates to Aussie battle    

England's wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow says he can relate to the battle to take the gloves for Australia in the Ashes series.

English paceman injured in tour game    

England paceman Jake Ball has suffered a suspected ankle injury while bowling against a Cricket Australia XI in the tour game in Adelaide.

Every Aussie bowler to target Root: Lyon    

Offspinner Nathan Lyon says every Australian bowler will target England captain Joe Root in the five-Test Ashes series.

Hazlewood's 43 overs enough for Ashes    

Josh Hazlewood has been pulled out of next week's round of Sheffield Shield matches, and will be joined by Jackson Bird in training for the Ashes.

I'm no Ashes X-factor, Maxwell declares    

Glenn Maxwell says his case for Ashes selection will rest on his improved defensive batting rather than his renowned attacking ability.

England lament soft wickets in tour game

England's batsmen are lamenting sloppy dismissals in their tour game against a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide.

Embarrassed Perry puts Aussie women on top

England went to stumps at 7-235 on the first day of the pink-ball women's Ashes Test, after Ellyse Perry took a freakish caught-and-bowled late in the evening.

WA's Bancroft in Ashes wicketkeeper mix    

WA batsman Cameron Bancroft has joined Alex Carey, Peter Nevill and Matthew Wade in a four-way battle to become Australia's Test wicketkeeper.

England captain gets half-ton in tour game    

England captain Joe Root and two teammates made half-centuries against a Cricket Australia XI on day one of the tour game at Adelaide Oval.

England's Cook fails again in tour game    

England opener Alastair Cook has been dismissed cheaply in the opening session of a four-day tour game against a Cricket Australia XI at Adelaide Oval.

Women aim to show Tests have a future    

England captain Heather Knight expects the pink ball and higher professional standards in women's cricket to create a far more-entertaining Ashes Test product.

Lehmanns ban Test selection talk    

South Australian batsman Jake Lehmann says he and his father, Test coach Darren, don't discuss his prospects of playing for Australia in the Ashes series.

Starc must bowl smarter at Gabba: Clark    

Ex-Test seamer Stuart Clark believes Mitchell Starc must bowl smarter on a lively Gabba deck in the Ashes opener despite his Sheffield Shield heroics for NSW.

Treat me as a villain again: Stuart Broad    

England's strike bowler Stuart Broad says he loves being treated as a villain by Australians.

England rest paceman Broad from tour game    

English fast bowler Stuart Broad has been rested from a four-day tour game against a Cricket Australia XI at Adelaide Oval.

Aussie women set to unleash Ashes rookies    

Australia will consider unleashing four quicks on England with a pink ball in a bid to retain the women's Ashes with three games to play.

Pick Cartwright as Test No.6, says Clark    

Former Test quick Stuart Clark believes Hilton Cartwright has done enough to clinch Australia's No.6 spot for the opening Ashes clash despite a dreaded pair.

Black Caps lose T20 decider in India

New Zealand's batsmen have failed to close the deal with India winning a rain-reduced T20 series decider by six runs in Thiruvananathpuram.

Smith gains confidence from Shield knocks    

Australian skipper Steve Smith says he has drawn a lot of confidence from scoring 76 and 127 for NSW in their Sheffield Shield cricket win over WA.

Maxwell, Lehmann earn support for Ashes    

South Australian captain Travis Head says Jake Lehmann's record is good enough to justify Ashes selection.

Young Aussies seek to disrupt Pommy plans

A young Cricket Australia XI hope to disrupt England's Ashes preparations in a four-day match starting in Adelaide on Wednesday.

Tom Curran to replace England paceman Finn    

Uncapped Surrey bowler Tom Curran will replace paceman Steven Finn on the England team for the Ashes tour of Australia.

Smith lauds form of Test quicks    

Australian captain Steve Smith has hailed the form of his three NSW and Test quicks after watching therm demolish WA in Sydney.

Mitchell Starc snares second hat-trick    

Fast bowler Mitchell Starc has joined a rare club in claiming two hat-tricks in the same first class match.

The race for Aust No.6 and 'keeper spots

With the first Ashes Test just around the corner candidates for Australia's No.6 batsman and wicketkeeper roles need to step up.

Maxwell builds Ashes case in Shield draw    

Glenn Maxwell has scored more valuable Sheffield Shield runs as Victoria shared the honours with South Australia at the MCG.

Injured England paceman Finn out of Ashes    

England fast bowler Steven Finn will return home within days after a knee injury forced him out of the Ashes tour of Australia.

Stokes' character still with Poms: Broad    

England quick Stuart Broad says Ben Stokes still looms large on the tourists, despite being at home awaiting police investigation into his role in a brawl.

Starc ripe to do a Johnson: ex-Test star    

Former Australian paceman Ryan Harris says Mitchell Starc is ripe to repeat the feats of Mitchell Johnson in the looming Test series against England.

Aussies know first Ashes Test team: Harris    

National high performance coach Ryan Harris says Australian selectors have already got in mind their team for the first Test against England.

Starc takes second hat-trick

Mitchell Starc has claimed his second hat-trick of the match to bowl NSW to a 171-run Sheffield Shield win over WA in Sydney.

Maxwell builds Ashes case with Shield runs    

Glenn Maxwell has scored more valuable Sheffield Shield runs to give Victoria hope of claiming victory over South Australia.

WA batsman Marsh out for 91    

WA batsman Shaun Marsh his pushed his claim for a Test recall with an innings of 91 in the Warriors' last day Sheffield Shield run chase against NSW in Sydney.

Wellington the preferred leggie for Ashes    

Amanda-Jade Wellington has been preferred ahead of fellow Australian leg-spinner Kristen Beams for the Ashes Test.

Bancroft still dreams of Test cricket    

The first wicketkeeper to carry his bat in Sheffield Shield history, WA opener Cameron Bancroft still dreams of playing Test cricket.

Ferguson century shows value of experience    

One-time Test batsman Callum Ferguson says Australia's cricket decision-makers should keep in mind the value of experience.

Proteas help with England's Ashes campaign

South African cricketers have told their English counterparts what to expect in the looming Ashes series against Australia.

Lehmann stars, Renshaw struggles in Shield    

Jake Lehmann continued to press his case for Ashes selection while Matt Renshaw again struggled with the bat in the Sheffield Shield.

Starc and Smith star for NSW in Shield    

NSW captain Steve Smith and paceman Mitchell Starc have put the Blues in a strong position against WA after three days of the Sheffield Shield match in Sydney.

Seamers impress Aussie captain Haynes    

Australian captain Rachael Haynes has seen some promising signs from her seamers heading into this week's women's cricket Test against England in Sydney.

Anderson open to England deputy offers    

Fast bowler Jimmy Anderson says he wouldn't refuse any offer to become the next vice-captain of the English cricket team.

Qld cruise to Shield win over Tasmania

Queensland have started their Sheffield Shield campaign with back-to-back wins, wrapping up a seven-wicket victory over Tasmania at Bellerive Oval.

Smith off to another good start for NSW    

Steve Smith is in the runs again for NSW, unbeaten on 46 at tea on day three of the Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia.

Lehmann piles on more runs, SA take charge    

South Australia have extended their second-innings lead over Victoria to 275 runs in their Sheffield Shield clash at the MCG.

England not fazed by rusty pre-Ashes form    

England will be aiming to dust out more of the cobwebs when they take on the Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide this week.

England pace king zeroes in on Aussie bats    

England pace bowler Jimmy Anderson says the tourists are about to step up their research into Australia's batsmen, including run-starved opener Matthew Renshaw.

McGrath boosts women's Ashes chances    

Tahlia McGrath claimed the prized scalps of Elyse Villani, Rachael Haynes and Ellyse Perry in one over of a tour match to boost her chances of a Test debut.

Hazlewood backs Cartwright to the hilt    

Josh Hazlewood dismissed Hilton Cartwright for a duck in the Sheffield Shield, but reckons he'd be a deserving No.6 for Australia in the first Ashes Test.

Maxwell's focus on Vics, not Ashes berth    

Victorian batsman and Ashes hopeful Glenn Maxwell says success with the Bushrangers must be his main focus.

Renshaw grafts as Qld close on Shield win    

Openers Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns are unbeaten at lunch as Queensland chase a day three Sheffield Shield win over Tasmania at Bellerive Oval.

Hazlewood skittles WA's Test hopefuls    

Western Australia's Ashes hopefuls Shaun Marsh and Hilton Cartwright scored just two between them as Josh Hazlewood switched on for NSW in the Sheffield Shield.

Give Wade an Ashes chance: Clarke    

Matthew Wade deserves a chance to retain his spot as Australia's wicketkeeper for the home Ashes series, former captain Michael Clarke says.

Maxwell impresses but Vics collapse late    

Victoria have a slender first-innings lead over South Australia at stumps on day two of their Sheffield Shield clash at the MCG.

England cop pre-Ashes punishment in Perth

England's front-line pace attack failed to fire early on day two of the two-day tour match against a youthful WA XI outfit at the WACA Ground.

England keen to bury WA XI at WACA    

Alastair Cook and Joe Root were the only England batsmen to miss out on an otherwise promising opening day of the tour match against WA XI.

Lehmann savours well-timed MCG century    

South Australia's Jake Lehmann picked a good time to make his first MCG century, with the Ashes looming, but downplayed his chances of making the squad.

Maxwell mounts Ashes Test case on defence

Glenn Maxwell has focused on the defensive side of his batting in the past year, and says he's now reaping rewards as he presses for a first Test spot.

England women under pump in Ashes warm-up

England's women will need to avoid early wickets on Sunday or else risk losing a three-day Ashes warm-up match against an inexperienced Cricket Australia XI.

Coulter-Nile not in frame for Ashes opener

West Australian paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile says he probably hasn't played enough cricket to be considered for selection for the Ashes opener.

Wade fails again as Tasmania crumble

Matthew Wade has failed to fire with the bat as Queensland assumed a dominant position at the end of day two of their Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania.

Smith impressed by Nevill's Ashes push    

Peter Nevill will have the chance to push for an Australian Ashes recall when he resumes on 32 not out in the Sheffield Shield for NSW against Westrn Australia.

Wade, Renshaw fail to impress in Shield    

Matthew Wade and Matt Renshaw were both dismissed cheaply on the opening day of Tasmania and Queensland's Sheffield Shield match in Hobart.

Smith gets his batting mojo back for Ashes    

Steve Smith says he's made the necessary batting changes to be successful again in Australian conditions ahead of this summer's Ashes series.

Lehmann lights up Shield as Carey falters    

South Australia have fought back from a shaky start to reach 6-291 at stumps on day one of their Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria.

England's big guns fall cheaply at WACA    

Australian paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile has dismissed England opener Alastair Cook for a duck in the tour match against a WA XI at the WACA Ground.

Wade flops as Tasmania wobble in Shield    

Tasmania have lost five wickets in the opening session of their Sheffield Shield match against Queensland, with Matthew Wade out for nine.

Lehmann, Head lead SA recovery in Shield    

South Australia have fought back from a shaky start to reach 3-123 at lunch on day one of their Sheffield Shield clash against Victoria.

Maddinson falls, Smith in NSW Shield runs    

Ashes hopeful Nic Maddinson was bowled out cheaply but Steve Smith batted well as NSW went to lunch at 2-94 in their Sheffield Shield clash with WA.

Bolton hopeful of Ashes recall after ton    

Dropped opener Beth Mooney hopes her century for Australia against an ACT XI will be enough to earn her a place in the one-off Ashes Test side.

Mitch Marsh ready to come off long run    

Western Australia skipper Mitch Marsh, yet to bowl at full intensity since his shoulder reconstruction, hopes to come off the long run next week.

Coulter-Nile ready to unleash against Poms    

Australian paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile will lead a baby-faced WA side in the two-day tour match against England in Perth.

Beth Mooney pushes case for Ashes recall    

Dropped opener Beth Mooney has struck a century for Australia against an ACT XI, just a week out from the women's Ashes Test on the first day of tour matches.

WACA curator hoping for pre-Ashes heat    

WACA curator Matt Page says some hot weather will help him prepare a worthy wicket for the third Ashes Test in Perth.

Bird backs embattled Wade for Shield runs    

Matthew Wade is primed to make a big score in Tasmania's second-round Sheffield Shield match, his teammate Jackson Bird says.

England not worried about old Ashes scars    

England captain Joe Root says his team's Ashes success in 2015 means they can open up old wounds this summer against Australia.

Baby a boon for Marsh's cricket career    

Becoming a father has helped declutter Ashes aspirant Shaun Marsh's mind and it is showing in the number of runs he's scoring, according to brother Mitch.

Smith ready for biggest Tests of career    

Steve Smith has led Australia throughout 26 Tests but admits none compare to the challenge awaiting in the Ashes.

Crunch time for Maxwell as Vics host SA    

Ashes hopeful Glenn Maxwell will get another chance to impress selectors when Victoria host South Australia in the Sheffield Shield.

England vow to be on best Ashes behaviour

England's Ashes preparations have been dogged by the controversy surrounding Ben Stokes, with the allrounder's future still up in the air.

Test cricket selection showdowns in Shield

The second round of the Sheffield Shield will feature a number of intriguing subplots that will shape who is in Australia's XI for the first Ashes Test.

Hazlewood returns, ready to be resilient    

Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood says he's capable of playing all five Tests against England despite sub-optimal preparation because of a side strain.

Steve Finn injured at England training    

England paceman Steven Finn might be in doubt for the two-day tour match against a WA XI after being struck on the knee while batting at training.

Hazlewood hopes England scarred in tune-up    

Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood says Nathan Coulter-Nile will ensure England's opening tour game will be no walk in the park.

Paine leads Aussie CA XI to face England    

Tim Paine will captain an inexperienced CA XI against England in two Ashes warm-up matches.

Langer backs Cartwright for Ashes berth

WA batsman Hilton Cartwright averages more than 50 in first-class cricket, and Warriors coach Justin Langer says the 25-year-old deserves to play in the Ashes.

Ashes fire still burns for paceman Siddle    

Victorian paceman Peter Siddle says he's fully fit and ready to press his claims for a return to Australia's Test team.

England not worried about WA easy kill    

England are expected to dominate their two-day tour match against an inexperienced WA side at the WACA Ground, starting on Saturday.

Coulter-Nile to captain WA against England    

Star allrounder Nathan Coulter-Nile will captain a WA XI side against England in the two-day tour match at the WACA Ground.

Ashes hopeful Sayers sends timely reminder    

South Australian paceman Chadd Sayers remains hopeful a Test vacancy could open up during the Ashes series.

Lucky Steven Finn ready to rumble in Ashes    

Steven Finn is lucky to have earned a late Ashes call-up, with the England paceman a late addition to the squad after Ben Stokes' provisional suspension.

Bolter Dan Hughes ready for Ashes call-up    

NSW batsman Daniel Hughes looms as a potential bolter for Australia's No.6 spot ahead of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Josh Hazlewood set to make Shield return    

Josh Hazlewood's preparation for the first Ashes Test has been compromised by a side strain but the paceman is set to mark his Sheffield Shield this weekend.