England have not lost to Australia at Edgbaston in 18 years, but to preserve that record as the Ashes gets under way in Birmingham today, the hosts will need their middle order to fire amid uncertainty over their top three.
Sixteen months after leaving test cricket in disgrace over the ball-tampering furore, Steve Smith’s preparations for the Ashes have gone up to a manic level as the former skipper looks to return to red ball cricket in top form.
Australia’s desperation to win might have driven them to tamper, Ottis Gibson says.
Smith brushes off concerns about his fitness on the eve of the fifth and final Ashes Test against England.
Leg-spinner Mason Crane’s experience playing in Sydney may prove the clincher to earn him a debut.
Anderson has described as “ridiculous” accusations that he was involved in tampering with the ball during the drawn fourth Ashes Test.
Smith helmed Australia’s successful Ashes mission and India proved impregnable at home but it was cricket exiles Pakistan.
England loses Overton and may make a further change to restore some pride in tomorrow’s fourth Melbourne Test
Nathan Lyon’s wish to see the end of some England careers.
Australia will head to Melbourne for the Boxing Day Test against England brimming with confidence after reclaiming the Ashes in Perth.
Australia won back the Ashes after bowling England out cheaply despite rain delays and a pitch controversy.
Australia moves within six wickets of reclaiming the third Ashes Test.
England must at least cobble a draw at the WACA to keep the five-match series alive.