English cricket fans were nervous ahead of the first Ashes test and their fears may well have been confirmed with the home side at 40-3 in the first innings. However, with Joe Root continuing his stunning form of the last 12 months, Alastair Cook’s men were dominant for much of the game and they head to Lord’s with a deserved 1-0 lead.
Australia are hopeful to defend the Ashes urn this summer against England on enemy soil.
Australia 17-man squad to play five-Test match series staring at Sophia Gardens, Lord’s, Derbyshire, Edgbaston, Trent Bridge and The Oval.
The Australian-Filipino golfer Jason Day has confirmed that he will not be playing this week’s Travelers Championship in Connecticut after suffering from a bout of vertigo at the US Open.
The 27-year-old from Queensland has decided to not to play this week’s tournament at Chambers Bay, although his medical staff have advised him to take a break this week to ensure he returns to action as soon as possible.
After a stunning 12 months in international cricket, it was no surprise to see Australia’s Steve Smith confirmed as the number one ranked test batsman. The 26 year old saved Australia in his most recent test with a brilliant 199 against the West Indies and he is one of the key reasons why his side will start as Ashes favourites in this English summer.
The 52-year-old Australian – Trevor Bayliss has reportedly been offered the role of England new head coach, according to Sky Sports.
However, there has been no official announcement as yet from the England and Wales Cricket Board, but it is thought the governing body is in talks with the contender for the role of England coach and there may be announcement within the next 24 hours.