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Aug 1, 2015

Cricket-Haddin omission hardest decision of my career – Lehmann

BIRMINGHAM, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Overlooking Australia vice-captain Brad Haddin for the third Ashes test was the “hardest decision I have had to make as coach”, Darren Lehmann said.

The 37-year-old Haddin asked to be stood down for the second test at Lord’s because his daughter was sick and was not recalled for the match at Edgbaston for which understudy Peter Nevill retained his place.

Jul 31, 2015

My poor form a major concern for Australia, says Clarke

BIRMINGHAM (Reuters) – Michael Clarke conceded his side’s middle-order woes were down to his poor form with the bat and vowed to get among the runs in the last two Ashes tests after Australia lost the third match on Friday to trail England 2-1.

Clarke, dismissed twice by Steven Finn at Edgbaston, is averaging just under 19 for the series with a highest score of 38 and has made only one test century in the last 15 months.

Jul 31, 2015

Cricket-My poor form a major concern for Australia, says Clarke

BIRMINGHAM, July 31 (Reuters) – Michael Clarke conceded his side’s middle-order woes were down to his poor form with the bat and vowed to get among the runs in the last two Ashes tests after Australia lost the third match on Friday to trail England 2-1.

Clarke, dismissed twice by Steven Finn at Edgbaston, is averaging just under 19 for the series with a highest score of 38 and has made only one test century in the last 15 months.

Jul 31, 2015

Anderson injury a blow but England eye glory – Cook

BIRMINGHAM (Reuters) – England would love to regain the Ashes in the next test at Trent Bridge but the loss of leading bowler James Anderson to injury is a disappointment they must overcome, captain Alastair Cook said.

The hosts took a 2-1 series lead on Friday with two matches to play after crushing Australia by eight wickets in the third test at Edgbaston.

Jul 31, 2015

Cricket-Anderson injury a blow but England eye glory – Cook

BIRMINGHAM, July 31 (Reuters) – England would love to regain the Ashes in the next test at Trent Bridge but the loss of leading bowler James Anderson to injury is a disappointment they must overcome, captain Alastair Cook said.

The hosts took a 2-1 series lead on Friday with two matches to play after crushing Australia by eight wickets in the third test at Edgbaston.

Jul 31, 2015

Cricket-Bell steers England to victory, hosts take 2-1 Ashes lead

BIRMINGHAM, July 31 (Reuters) – Ian Bell guided England to an eight-wicket victory over Australia in the third test at Edgbaston on Friday to put the hosts 2-1 up in the series with two matches to play.

Bell (65 not out) and Joe Root, with an unbeaten 38, anchored the chase after England were set to 121 to win on the third day at Edgbaston where a dominant performance banished memories of a heavy defeat at Lord’s.

Jul 31, 2015

Australian tail wags, England need 121 to win third test

BIRMINGHAM (Reuters) – Australia’s tail wagged on the third morning of the third test to frustrate England’s push for victory and a 2-1 Ashes series lead on Friday.

England had hoped to quickly take the three remaining second innings wickets but a late-order flurry pushed Australia’s lead to 120 before Moeen Ali removed Mitchell Starc 15 minutes before lunch with Australia dismissed for 265.

Jul 31, 2015

Cricket-Australian tail wags, England need 121 to win third test

BIRMINGHAM, July 31 (Reuters) – Australia’s tail wagged on the third morning of the third test to frustrate England’s push for victory and a 2-1 Ashes series lead on Friday.

England had hoped to quickly take the three remaining second innings wickets but a late-order flurry pushed Australia’s lead to 120 before Moeen Ali removed Mitchell Starc 15 minutes before lunch with Australia dismissed for 265.

Jul 30, 2015

Rejuvenated Finn gets his mojo back in style

BIRMINGHAM (Reuters) – From outcast to hero, Steven Finn rediscovered the zing that made him England’s youngest bowler to take 50 test wickets by ripping through Australia and boost the home side’s hopes of regaining the Ashes.

A fiery Finn took five wickets on Thursday to leave England close to victory in the third test, letting Australia’s batsman know in no uncertain terms that he had fully exorcised the demons that blighted his career.

Jul 30, 2015

Cricket-Rejuvenated Finn gets his mojo back in style

BIRMINGHAM, July 30 (Reuters) – From outcast to hero, Steven Finn rediscovered the zing that made him England’s youngest bowler to take 50 test wickets by ripping through Australia and boost the home side’s hopes of regaining the Ashes.

A fiery Finn took five wickets on Thursday to leave England close to victory in the third test, letting Australia’s batsman know in no uncertain terms that he had fully exorcised the demons that blighted his career.