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Jul 30, 2015

Double strike leaves Australia facing a battle

BIRMINGHAM (Reuters) – England removed Chris Rogers and Steve Smith to leave Australia in trouble on the second day of the third test on Thursday as a compelling Ashes series ebbed and flowed again.

Australia were 73 for two at tea in their second innings, 72 runs behind England who were bowled out for 281 in the afternoon session at Edgbaston.

Jul 30, 2015

Cricket-Double strike leaves Australia facing a battle

BIRMINGHAM, July 30 (Reuters) – England removed Chris Rogers and Steve Smith to leave Australia in trouble on the second day of the third test on Thursday as a compelling Ashes series ebbed and flowed again.

Australia were 73 for two at tea in their second innings, 72 runs behind England who were bowled out for 281 in the afternoon session at Edgbaston.

Jul 30, 2015

Johnson fireworks lead Australia’s fightback in third test

BIRMINGHAM (Reuters) – A snarling Mitchell Johnson, finding the pace and venom that demolished England in the last Ashes, dragged Australia back into the third test on Thursday as wickets tumbled again on the second morning at Edgbaston.

The left-armer jumpstarted his side’s fightback with two wickets in his hostile first over with England, replying to Australia’s paltry 136, losing two more before lunch to reach 221 for seven, a lead of 85.

Jul 30, 2015

Cricket-Johnson fireworks lead Australia’s fightback in third test

BIRMINGHAM, July 30 (Reuters) – A snarling Mitchell Johnson, finding the pace and venom that demolished England in the last Ashes, dragged Australia back into the third test on Thursday as wickets tumbled again on the second morning at Edgbaston.

The left-armer jumpstarted his side’s fightback with two wickets in his hostile first over with England, replying to Australia’s paltry 136, losing two more before lunch to reach 221 for seven, a lead of 85.

Jul 29, 2015

Lord’s failure spurred me on, says England’s Anderson

BIRMINGHAM (Reuters) – Bowling 33 overs without success in England’s second test defeat by Australia at Lord’s knocked the confidence of paceman James Anderson who returned to form with a bang on Wednesday.

Anderson’s six for 47 helped dismiss the tourists for 136 on the first day of the third test at Edgbaston with England closing on 133-3 in reply to regain the momentum in an evenly-poised Ashes series.

Jul 29, 2015

Cricket-Lord’s failure spurred me on, says England’s Anderson

BIRMINGHAM, July 29 (Reuters) – Bowling 33 overs without success in England’s second test defeat by Australia at Lord’s knocked the confidence of paceman James Anderson who returned to form with a bang on Wednesday.

Anderson’s six for 47 helped dismiss the tourists for 136 on the first day of the third test at Edgbaston with England closing on 133-3 in reply to regain the momentum in an evenly-poised Ashes series.

Jul 29, 2015

Cricket-Anderson takes six as Australia skittled for 136

BIRMINGHAM, July 29 (Reuters) – England paceman James Anderson ripped shellshocked Australia to shreds with six wickets to bowl the tourists out for a paltry 136 on the first day of the third Ashes test at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Anderson took six for 47 and fellow quicks Stuart Broad and Steven Finn, on his test return after a two-year absence, two apiece as rejuvenated England put their heavy second test defeat at Lord’s firmly behind them.

Jul 29, 2015

Finn strikes twice on test return for England

BIRMINGHAM (Reuters) – England fast bowler Steven Finn made an immediate impact on his return to test cricket after a two-year absence with two key Australian wickets on the first morning of the third test on Wednesday.

Finn, branded “unselectable” by former England limited overs coach Ashley Giles 18 months ago due to a breakdown in his bowling action, removed Steve Smith (7) and captain Michael Clarke (10).

Jul 29, 2015

Cricket-Finn strikes twice on test return for England

BIRMINGHAM, July 29 (Reuters) – England fast bowler Steven Finn made an immediate impact on his return to test cricket after a two-year absence with two key Australian wickets on the first morning of the third test on Wednesday.

Finn, branded “unselectable” by former England limited overs coach Ashley Giles 18 months ago due to a breakdown in his bowling action, removed Steve Smith (7) and captain Michael Clarke (10).

Jul 24, 2015

Workmanlike Bolt answers doubts with season’s best

LONDON (Reuters) – Usain Bolt answered questions over his fitness ahead of the world championships with a season’s best of 9.87 seconds in the 100 meters with a workmanlike performance at the London Anniversary Games on Friday.

With just under a month to go before he defends his world 100 and 200 titles in Beijing, the Jamaican showed he had recovered from a pelvic injury that has disrupted his season, although he was left with plenty to ponder in the rain-lashed capital.