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Sri Lanka 291 runs ahead of PakistanSri Lanka have a 291-run lead at stumps on day three of the third Test against Pakistan, with skipper Angelo Mathews unbeaten on 77. Lyon belted then backed by Essex batsmanEssex veteran Ryan ten Doeschate says Nathan Lyon bowled better than figures of 1-200 suggest and that he'll be a handful in the Ashes. Ryan Harris' career highlightsAustralian paceman Ryan Harris has ended a 27-Test career which has featured plenty of highlights. Cricket world reacts to Harris retirementFormer teammates and opponents have paid tribute to the big impact Ryan Harris managed in a short career of 27 Tests. South Africa welcome new no-ball ruleA new rule allowing free hits after all kinds of no-balls in limited-over games has been welcolmed by South African Twenty20 skipper Faf du Plessis. Young guns will fire without me: HarrisPaceman Ryan Harris says it's wrong to call his retirement a massive blow to Australia's Ashes defence. Coaching career likely for Ryan HarrisRyan Harris says he's yet to decide what to do after retiring from cricket, but is keen to learn a lot about coaching from Darren Lehmann. Aussies win final Ashes tune-up easilyJosh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc impressed with the Dukes ball as Australia recorded a 169-run win over Essex in their final Ashes tune-up. Hazlewood hammered in Ashes tour gameJosh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc both snared a wicket as Australia reduced Essex to 2-81 at lunch on day four of the Ashes tour game. Harris retires, Cummins into Ashes squadRyan Harris has retired from international cricket due to his knee injury, with Pat Cummins called into Australia's Ashes squad.
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Mitchell Starc seeks Ashes redemptionMitchell Starc says he's in a much better headspace than the 2013 Ashes and ready to show he can dominate with the red ball as much as the white one. Poms didn't rate me: Steve SmithEnglish criticism of Steve Smith's technique is nothing new, with the star batsman revealing he was sledged about it during the 2013 Ashes. Sri Lanka struggle in third Pakistan TestAfter losing the toss, Sri Lanka have struggled to 8-272 at stumps on day one of the third and deciding Test against Pakistan in Pallekele. Starc starts with awful wideAustralian fast bowling star Mitchell Starc has bowled a wide comparable with any of the worst ever in cricket with his first delivery in the Ashes tour match against Essex. Faulkner set for ban over drink-drivingJames Faulkner will face a Cricket Australia code of behaviour hearing after being booked for drink-driving. AAP understands he had a passenger in the car. Starc takes six before Australia stumbleMitchell Starc took six wickets and captain Michael Clarke scored a fifty but Australia did not have things all their own way on Friday's third day of four against Essex at Chelmsford in their final warm-up match before next week's first Ashes Test. Essex out for 414 in Ashes tour gameMitchell Starc has snared six wickets to bowl Essex out for 414, with Australia taking a 148-run lead in the Ashes tour game. Johnson strikes painful blow in netsMitchell Johnson has already started to inflict pain on the Ashes tour, with teammate Shaun Marsh suffering a split fingernail in Chelmsford. Erasmus, Dharmasena to umpire Ashes TestKumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus will umpire next week's Ashes first Test between Australia and England. 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. 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. 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.
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