The world’s best Test batsman, Steve Smith, equalled his first innings tally only to be unnerved by a ball from Broad that jagged violently back into him and thus tricked him into hanging out his bat limply at the next, which held its line and landed in the lap of second slip.

The world’s best Test batsman, Steve Smith, equalled his first innings tally only to be unnerved by a ball from Broad that jagged violently back into him and thus tricked him into hanging out his bat limply at the next, which held its line and landed in the lap of second slip.

The Oval - Protest planned for final Ashes Test over state of modern cricket. The organisers are the makers of the film Death of a Gentleman. Cricket is therefore run with no transparency and no accountability, according to Collins and his co-director Jarrod Kimber. Another theme of the film is that Test cricket is dying. This is not immediately apparent when an Ashes series is in full swing, but it is when other countries meet for a two-Test series which nobody turns up at the ground to…

The Oval - Protest planned for final Ashes Test over state of modern cricket. The organisers are the makers of the film Death of a Gentleman. Cricket is therefore run with no transparency and no accountability, according to Collins and his co-director Jarrod Kimber. Another theme of the film is that Test cricket is dying. This is not immediately apparent when an Ashes series is in full swing, but it is when other countries meet for a two-Test series which nobody turns up at the ground to…

First Cook was castled by Starc. Nervous glances were exchanged as Ian Bell positively skipped out to the middle. Was this mere bluff and bravura? No, here was a wondrous, clear-headed determination to grab the game by the scruff of the neck. Five boundaries from nine balls from the meat of Bell’s bat and the cheers echoed round Edgbaston again and once Michael Clarke had spilled the catch at second slip even the pessimists began to recognise that this remained England’s day.

First Cook was castled by Starc. Nervous glances were exchanged as Ian Bell positively skipped out to the middle. Was this mere bluff and bravura? No, here was a wondrous, clear-headed determination to grab the game by the scruff of the neck. Five boundaries from nine balls from the meat of Bell’s bat and the cheers echoed round Edgbaston again and once Michael Clarke had spilled the catch at second slip even the pessimists began to recognise that this remained England’s day.

Then he moved away for a moment alone, while listening attentively to Cook's turn at the microphone. Later he said he was pleased for Cook, mainly because last year's witch-hunt of the England captain was brutal and demeaning. He knows what that feels like and he would not wish it upon any enemy, not even the captain of the England cricket team.

Then he moved away for a moment alone, while listening attentively to Cook's turn at the microphone. Later he said he was pleased for Cook, mainly because last year's witch-hunt of the England captain was brutal and demeaning. He knows what that feels like and he would not wish it upon any enemy, not even the captain of the England cricket team.

Ed Smith: Natural leaders are made in retrospect. To the alpha-male mindset, the captain should be the leader of the pack, the macho hero. "To the Machiavellian world view, a captain should be streetwise and opportunistic. To the progressive, leadership relies on novelty and innovation. To the nostalgic, quite the reverse - the answers always reside in the past. To the laissez-faire, he must be relaxed. To the hard man, a captain must rule with fear."

Ed Smith: Natural leaders are made in retrospect. To the alpha-male mindset, the captain should be the leader of the pack, the macho hero. "To the Machiavellian world view, a captain should be streetwise and opportunistic. To the progressive, leadership relies on novelty and innovation. To the nostalgic, quite the reverse - the answers always reside in the past. To the laissez-faire, he must be relaxed. To the hard man, a captain must rule with fear."

2nd day, 1st test, Ashes 2015: England just edged Australia in tactics in a game that was equal parts patient and pugnacious on a pitch that is providing succour for neither batters nor bowlers. "The sight of two close catchers – one at very straight mid-on virtually in front of the non-striking batsman and the other in a line to short mid-wicket – and an outrider stationed at wide long-on forming a vast isosceles triangle carried a distinctly un-Cook air."

2nd day, 1st test, Ashes 2015: England just edged Australia in tactics in a game that was equal parts patient and pugnacious on a pitch that is providing succour for neither batters nor bowlers. "The sight of two close catchers – one at very straight mid-on virtually in front of the non-striking batsman and the other in a line to short mid-wicket – and an outrider stationed at wide long-on forming a vast isosceles triangle carried a distinctly un-Cook air."

"An over later, the unfolding calamity became a full-scale catastrophe as Adam Voges pushed needlessly at Wood and the England fielders skipped a jig not unlike that which accompanied the famous Edgbaston win of a decade earlier."

"An over later, the unfolding calamity became a full-scale catastrophe as Adam Voges pushed needlessly at Wood and the England fielders skipped a jig not unlike that which accompanied the famous Edgbaston win of a decade earlier."

1st Test, 2015 Ashes: England are playing a very dynamic kind of game with the field placings and the bowling. The second innings saw 4 top-order wickets in 6 overs. In the beginning, "it took the left-hander [Warner] almost 40 minutes and 25 deliveries to score his first boundary despite the surfeit of England catchers gathered hungrily around the wicket, by which time he had already survived a reviewed shout for lbw and seen his partner Chris Rogers squared up and caught in the slips for…

1st Test, 2015 Ashes: England are playing a very dynamic kind of game with the field placings and the bowling. The second innings saw 4 top-order wickets in 6 overs. In the beginning, "it took the left-hander [Warner] almost 40 minutes and 25 deliveries to score his first boundary despite the surfeit of England catchers gathered hungrily around the wicket, by which time he had already survived a reviewed shout for lbw and seen his partner Chris Rogers squared up and caught in the slips for…

This was nothing less than a calamitous day for England, the resurgent optimism that came with their win in Cardiff blown into smithereens by Australia. They were utterly relentless ... If England dominated the first Test in all aspects, then it was repaid with interest, on a belting pitch at Lord’s. They were batted into oblivion, outbowled to an embarrassing degree, outfielded, and, in as much as Michael Clarke won the toss, outcaptained.

This was nothing less than a calamitous day for England, the resurgent optimism that came with their win in Cardiff blown into smithereens by Australia. They were utterly relentless ... If England dominated the first Test in all aspects, then it was repaid with interest, on a belting pitch at Lord’s. They were batted into oblivion, outbowled to an embarrassing degree, outfielded, and, in as much as Michael Clarke won the toss, outcaptained.

There were joyful choruses of Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory as England’s heroes embarked on a lap of honour in the sunshine. There was gentle mockery from a gleeful Gary Lineker who tweeted: “Surprised even those minnows of world cricket, Australia, couldn’t last until the first Premier League game of the season kicked off.” And there was an emotional resignation speech from the Aussie captain, Michael Clarke.

There were joyful choruses of Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory as England’s heroes embarked on a lap of honour in the sunshine. There was gentle mockery from a gleeful Gary Lineker who tweeted: “Surprised even those minnows of world cricket, Australia, couldn’t last until the first Premier League game of the season kicked off.” And there was an emotional resignation speech from the Aussie captain, Michael Clarke.

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