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Dec 29, 2013

Cook’s captaincy under scanner as campaign hits new low

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – In a country whose economy is built on mining, it was difficult to see how England could plumb new depths on this tour of Australia but in defeat at Melbourne they did, leaving question marks over Alastair Cook’s captaincy.

At the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, England suffered their most dispiriting test defeat so far in this Ashes series – surrendering a first innings lead of 51, enduring two big second innings batting collapses and eventually losing the match by eight wickets with more than a day to spare.

Dec 29, 2013

Cricket-Cook’s captaincy under scanner as campaign hits new low

MELBOURNE, Dec 29 (Reuters) – In a country whose economy is built on mining, it was difficult to see how England could plumb new depths on this tour of Australia but in defeat at Melbourne they did, leaving question marks over Alastair Cook’s captaincy.

At the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, England suffered their most dispiriting test defeat so far in this Ashes series – surrendering a first innings lead of 51, enduring two big second innings batting collapses and eventually losing the match by eight wickets with more than a day to spare.

Dec 28, 2013

Lyon spins to redemption at blustery Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – In an astonishing third day of the topsy-turvy fourth Ashes test in Melbourne played in swirling winds and burning heat, Australia’s Nathan Lyon sent England into a tailspin on Saturday.

The partisan Victorian crowd basked in the glow of an Australia fight-back led by Lyon, who took five wickets to become only the sixth Australian offspinner to claim 100 test victims.

Dec 28, 2013

Cricket-Lyon spins to redemption at blustery Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Dec 28 (Reuters) – In an astonishing third day of the topsy-turvy fourth Ashes test in Melbourne played in swirling winds and burning heat, Australia’s Nathan Lyon sent England into a tailspin on Saturday.

The partisan Victorian crowd basked in the glow of an Australia fight-back led by Lyon, who took five wickets to become only the sixth Australian offspinner to claim 100 test victims.

Dec 27, 2013

Attritional England grind down Australia, Haddin defiant

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – England finally wrestled back some momentum on day two of the fourth Ashes test on Friday but are yet to find an answer to Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin’s defiance with the bat.

The tourists may have surrendered the Ashes after a hat-trick of defeats but the second day’s play at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was classic attritional cricket as the English bowlers restricted the hosts to 164 for nine, to go with an unflattering run rate of 2.23, at stumps.

Dec 27, 2013

Cricket-Attritional England grind down Australia, Haddin defiant

MELBOURNE, Dec 27 (Reuters) – England finally wrestled back some momentum on day two of the fourth Ashes test on Friday but are yet to find an answer to Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin’s defiance with the bat.

The tourists may have surrendered the Ashes after a hat-trick of defeats but the second day’s play at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was classic attritional cricket as the English bowlers restricted the hosts to 164 for nine, to go with an unflattering run rate of 2.23, at stumps.

Dec 26, 2013

Defiant Pietersen frustrates record test crowd

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Under-pressure England batsman Kevin Pietersen stood tall on the opening day of the fourth Ashes test against Australia on Thursday even as his team mates crumbled around him.

Normally ebullient at the crease, Pietersen showed rare circumspection as he rode his luck to an unbeaten 67 to anchor his team to 226 for six at the close in front of a world record test crowd of 91,092 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Dec 26, 2013

Cricket-Defiant Pietersen frustrates record test crowd

MELBOURNE, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Under-pressure England batsman Kevin Pietersen stood tall on the opening day of the fourth Ashes test against Australia on Thursday even as his team mates crumbled around him.

Normally ebullient at the crease, Pietersen showed rare circumspection as he rode his luck to an unbeaten 67 to anchor his team to 226 for six at the close in front of a world record test crowd of 91,092 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Dec 17, 2013

Analysis – England eye redemption after Ashes surrender

PERTH (Reuters) – The clouds drifting over the WACA on Tuesday produced an apt setting for the gloom that settled on English cricket as the tourists surrendered the Ashes at their earliest opportunity at a sweltering Perth.

Visiting captain Alastair Cook had demanded introspection from his team mates ahead of the third test but it was too late and Australia went on to dish out what they were subjected to in the 2010-11 series which England won 3-1.

Dec 17, 2013

England eye redemption after Ashes surrender

PERTH (Reuters) – The clouds drifting over the WACA on Tuesday produced an apt setting for the gloom that settled on English cricket as the tourists surrendered the Ashes at their earliest opportunity at a sweltering Perth.

Visiting captain Alastair Cook had demanded introspection from his team mates ahead of the third test but it was too late and Australia went on to dish out what they were subjected to in the 2010-11 series which England won 3-1.