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Stokes ready for Australian Ashes ribbingAfter his coach vowed to fight 'fire with fire' when it comes to this Ashes, England allrounder Ben Stokes says he won't back down from any confrontations. Australian bowlers struggle against EssexAustralia managed three wickets in two sessions on day two of their clash with Essex, with the hosts reaching 3-299 in Chelmsford. NZ umpire is ready to police the AshesFormer police officer Chris Gaffaney says he will be in a good position to diffuse any heated confrontations in the upcoming Ashes series. Mitch Marsh scores 169 in Ashes tune-upAustralia have posted a first-innings total of 562 in their match against Essex, with Mitch Marsh boosting his chances of an Ashes call-up by scoring 169. Bayliss full of praise for Steve SmithNew England coach Trevor Bayliss says Steve Smith is the best batsman in the world and the Ashes hosts will need to work hard to contain him. Haddin would make a great coach: BaylissTrevor Bayliss, who mentored Brad Haddin during his time with NSW, says the veteran wicketkeeper would make a great coach. Patience behind Hazlewood's strong formLikely Ashes bowling debutant Josh Hazlewood says learning the art of patience has been the key to his stellar start in Test cricket. Time for Ashes talk almost overSteve Smith and Mitchell Johnson are out to end a 14-year wait as they seek to deliver Australia their first Ashes win in England since 2001. Proteas eager to forget WC woesSouth Africa have declared Bangladesh are no longer minnows, but hope they can get over their World Cup woes on the sub-continent. Rashid and Finn in England Ashes squadLeg-spinner Adil Rashid and fast bowler Steven Finn were both called into a 13-man England squad for the first Ashes Test.
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Sore Harris in doubt for Ashes openerRyan Harris has been ruled out of Australia's tour game against Essex, meaning he is unlikely to face England in next week's Ashes opener. Aussies poke fun at England's ODI winsBrad Haddin and Shane Watson have poked fun at the fact England's recent hot ODI form was preceded by a miserable World Cup campaign. Johnson targets English vulnerabilitiesAustralia spearhead Mitchell Johnson says Stuart Broad has probably lost his batting ability and he can't wait to target England's tail. Sri Lankan cricket enters new eraSri Lanka is about to field a Test side without Kumar Sangakkara or Mahela Jayawardene in their ranks for the first time in 15 years. Vaughan backs Smith to shine in EnglandSome England cricketers are trying to mess with Steve Smith's head, but ex-captain Michael Vaughan isn't one of them. 'Traditionalist' Hadlee backs night TestAfter earlier reservations about day-night Test cricket, Sir Richard Hadlee says it great for New Zealand to be part of history. Bayliss effect may not be instant: WattoShane Watson and Glenn McGrath say it may take time for new coach Trevor Bayliss to work his magic with the English cricket side. Haddin's understudy ready for anythingReserve wicketkeeper Peter Nevill says he'll be prepared to play throughout the Ashes and is keen to learn more from Brad Haddin and Rod Marsh. Pink-ball stink as Starc not convincedMitchell Starc says he struggled to see pink balls from the boundary and is concerned they will not swing in the day-night Test. Watto not worried ahead of Ashes tune-upShane Watson says he was impressed with Mitch Marsh's power hitting and isn't worried about the prospect of being dropped for the Ashes opener. Cricket WC biggest event since 2000 GamesThe Cricket World Cup generated more than $1 billion for the economies of host countries Australia and New Zealand, a new report says. Johnson says Hughes' death hurt his paceAustralian firebrand Mitchell Johnson has attributed some of his recent drop-off in pace to the effects of teammate Phillip Hughes' death last November. Watson hits back at England quick's taunt ahead of AshesShane Watson is keen to have another crack at Mark Wood in the Ashes after the England fast bowler dug up a net-session clash from 2009. McGrath tips Harris to miss first Ashes TestGlenn McGrath think the Australian selectors will go with Mitchell Johnson, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc for the first Ashes Test in nine day's time. Sledging Smith won't work: McGrathStuart Broad's crack at Steve Smith is simply a case of a bowler "talking it up in the media", according to former quick Glenn McGrath. Black Caps nervous about day-night TestThe carrot of regular cricket against Australia has seduced New Zealand's players to agree to a first day-night Test in Adelaide. Australia's summer of Test cricketA day-night Test from late November has been added to Australia's summer cricket calendar. Shades of pink arrives at Test ballKookaburra say they went through 16 different shades of pink before settling on the ball for the inaugural day-night Test in Adelaide this November. Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in second TestSri Lanka have enjoyed a seven-wicket win over Pakistan to level their Test series at 1-1. Broad would love Aussie to win AshesEngland paceman Stuart Broad says it would be 'beautiful' for an Australian coach to mastermind the visitors' downfall in the Ashes.
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