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Aug 6, 2013

England’s jubilant Flower tells ICC to improve DRS

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – England coach Andy Flower allowed himself a rare smile after his side retained the Ashes but the decision review system is prompting headaches and he wants the authorities to sort it out.

The tough taskmaster does not tolerate ordinary from his team and the performance of the decision review system (DRS) in the drawn Old Trafford test was far from satisfactory.

Aug 6, 2013

Cricket-England’s jubilant Flower tells ICC to improve DRS

MANCHESTER, England, Aug 6 (Reuters) – England coach Andy Flower allowed himself a rare smile after his side retained the Ashes but the decision review system is prompting headaches and he wants the authorities to sort it out.

The tough taskmaster does not tolerate ordinary from his team and the performance of the decision review system (DRS) in the drawn Old Trafford test was far from satisfactory.

Aug 5, 2013

Cook unconcerned over manner of Ashes retention

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Cheers from a handful of drenched fans and a presentation held indoors hardly matched the glory of retaining the Ashes in recent series but England captain Alastair Cook was just happy to get away with a patchy draw.

England, in trouble at 37 for three chasing 332 after lunch on Monday’s final day before rain intervened, will keep the urn as holders after the third test stalemate at Old Trafford meant they stay 2-0 up in the series with two matches left.

Aug 5, 2013

Cricket-Cook unconcerned over manner of Ashes retention

MANCHESTER, England, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Cheers from a handful of drenched fans and a presentation held indoors hardly matched the glory of retaining the Ashes in recent series but England captain Alastair Cook was just happy to get away with a patchy draw.

England, in trouble at 37 for three chasing 332 after lunch on Monday’s final day before rain intervened, will keep the urn as holders after the third test stalemate at Old Trafford meant they stay 2-0 up in the series with two matches left.

Aug 5, 2013

England in big trouble on last day of third test

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – England crashed to 35 for three at lunch on the final day of the third test on Monday in their pursuit of a draw to retain the Ashes, although more rain is forecast to help the home team.

Bustling fast bowler Ryan Harris struck twice for Australia, who are 2-0 down in the five-match series and declared before play on 172 for seven in their second innings to set England 332 to win at Old Trafford.

Aug 5, 2013

Cricket-England in big trouble on last day of third test

MANCHESTER, England, Aug 5 (Reuters) – England crashed to 35 for three at lunch on the final day of the third test on Monday in their pursuit of a draw to retain the Ashes, although more rain is forecast to help the home team.

Bustling fast bowler Ryan Harris struck twice for Australia, who are 2-0 down in the five-match series and declared before play on 172 for seven in their second innings to set England 332 to win at Old Trafford.

Aug 4, 2013

Kevin Pietersen so glad he opted against surgery

MANCHESTER (Reuters) – England batsman Kevin Pietersen almost never played in this Ashes series because of a knee problem which will always require treatment, making his 113 in the third test on Saturday all the sweeter for the 33-year-old.

He was out for three months and missed June’s Champions Trophy, with knee surgery discussed despite a nine-month recovery period.

Aug 3, 2013

Pietersen so glad he opted against surgery

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – England batsman Kevin Pietersen almost never played in this Ashes series because of a knee problem which will always require treatment, making his 113 in the third test on Saturday all the sweeter for the 33-year-old.

He was out for three months and missed June’s Champions Trophy, with knee surgery discussed despite a nine-month recovery period.

Aug 3, 2013

Cricket-Pietersen so glad he opted against surgery

MANCHESTER, England, Aug 3 (Reuters) – England batsman Kevin Pietersen almost never played in this Ashes series because of a knee problem which will always require treatment, making his 113 in the third test on Saturday all the sweeter for the 33-year-old.

He was out for three months and missed June’s Champions Trophy, with knee surgery discussed despite a nine-month recovery period.

Aug 3, 2013

England in deep trouble despite Pietersen ton

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Kevin Pietersen defiantly struck a mature century but England were staring down the barrel at 294 for seven at stumps on the third day of the third Ashes test on Saturday, still 233 adrift on first innings.

Pietersen became England’s all-time highest runscorer in all formats of the game on his way to a perfectly balanced 113 at Old Trafford, combining aggression against hapless off-spinner Nathan Lyon with watchful caution against the quicks.