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Paul Collingwood to quit Test cricket

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England‘s Paul Collingwood has announced his retirement from Test cricket at the age of 34.

The Durham batsman, who has scored 4,259 runs in 68 Tests at an average of 40.25, will step down after the final Ashes Test against Australia in Sydney.

Collingwood is England’s Twenty20 captain and will continue to play limited-overs cricket for his country.

“Now is the time to ensure some of the younger players get an opportunity at Test level,” said Collingwood.

Full story: BBC Sport

 

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England on the brink of series glory

England were three wickets away from an emphatic 3-1 series victory after more superlative all-round cricket left Australia in tatters on 7 for 213, still 151 runs short of making the visitors bat again. James Anderson produced an outstanding display of reverse swing, and Chris Tremlett battered the batsmen with hostile pace, to follow up Matt Prior‘s first Ashes hundred which led England to their highest total down under.

England claimed the extra half an hour to try and complete victory after Tremlett removed Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson in consecutive balls amid a heady atmosphere as the travelling fans, who outnumbered the locals, savoured every moment. However, Steve Smith and Peter Siddle managed to see out the eight further overs to keep England waiting overnight to celebrate.

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Clarke defends Hughes over claimed catch

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Michael Clarke has defended Phillip Hughes against Ian Botham’s accusation of cheating and also cleared Ian Bell for not walking to a ball he was later shown to edge. Hughes was unsure whether he caught Alastair Cook at short leg, momentarily celebrating the dismissal before asking whether it had carried.

Cook, who was on 99, stood his ground and stayed when the replays showed the ball bouncing in front of Hughes. Botham was quick to criticise Hughes while commentating on Sky Sports. “Terrible,” he said. “Cheating. How much do you want it to bounce into your hands? He knows he hasn’t caught it.”

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Ashes dream comes true for Cook

It’s a batting display unmatched by an Englishman in the Ashes for more than 80 years.

Alastair Cook, the supposed bunny of England’s Test top order, notched his third ton of this summer at the SCG on Sunday when he made 189 as the tourists all but wrapped up a series victory over the hapless Australians.

Cook now has a mammoth 766 runs in this series at an average of 127.66, a tally only bettered by an Englishman in the Ashes when legend Wally Hammond cracked 905 runs in the summer of 1928-29.

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“Very proud. Any time you score a big hundred for England is a big moment,” the 26-year-old England vice-captain said.

Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

 

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Cook and Bell make Aussies suffer

Alastair Cook made 189 for an aggregate of 766 series runs and Ian Bell (115) hit his first Ashes ton as England ran riot on day three of the final Test.

With Australia needing to win to avoid losing the series, their hopes looked bleak as the tourists reached 488-7.

That gave England a lead of 208 at stumps and represented a fine day’s work from a morning start of 167-3.

The only blemish was the latest in a long line of failures for Paul Collingwood, who was out for 13.

The 34-year-old has an average of 15.54 in his last 10 Test matches and may not get a chance to remedy it in the second innings.

Full story: BBC Sport

 

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