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It is November 2017 in Woolongabba, Brisbane in the tough, hot and fiery Australian state of Queensland.

Dawid Malan has revealed England are searching for ways to cut Billy Stanlake, Australia’s 6ft 8in paceman, down to size.

There was something about the way Alastair Cook celebrated his magnificent double-century in the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne that epitomised his character.

Alastair Cook’s record-breaking double-century kept England in control of the fourth Ashes Test at the MCG.

England were left needing a miracle in the middle or help from the elements to pull off a great escape in Perth.

The Ashes: England staring into abyss

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Steve Smith and Mitch Marsh’s triple-century stand piled on the Perth misery to leave England on the brink of losing the Ashes.

England failed to cash in on centuries from Middlesex’s Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow as familiar problems persisted on a fluctuating second day in the third Ashes Test.

Dawid Malan enjoyed every minute of the Australia pace barrage he had to withstand on his way to a maiden hundred which has breathed new belief into England’s Ashes campaign.

Dawid Malan’s maiden Test century gave England the advantage on a spicy first day in Perth.

The Ashes: England collapse to go 2-0 down

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

England folded quickly in pursuit of a national-record chase as Australia took six wickets in under a session to go 2-0 up in the Ashes with a 120-run victory.

Joe Root took it upon himself to keep English hopes alive as his team tried to complete a remarkable reversal of fortune in the second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval.

Middlesex’s Steven Finn will miss England’s first Ashes warm-up match after an injury scare.

Middlesex’s tail wagged to end their first innings against Lancashire on 233 all out – after earlier subsiding to 89-7 as the home side’s bowlers then made significant inroads to leave the visitors on 113-5 as 15 wickets fell on day one.

Hampshire outfoxed Middlesex at Lord’s as they beat the home side by six wickets in front of another huge crowd of more than 22,000 at Lord’s for the NatWest T20 Blast under the floodlights on Thursday evening.

Middlesex beat Essex by 72 runs after posting a formidable 203-6 at Lord’s.

I lived and worked in Sydney for 18 months a long time ago. It was one of the happiest times of my life.

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