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Can the talking stop now? It’s time for the real contest

When the likes of the usually reserved Nathan Lyon start to indiscriminately toss verbal grenades you know it’s about time the action proper got underway.

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Far from entrée and main, this is a proper Ashes summer buffet

Already, this has been an Ashes summer in Australia like no other.

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At least Channel Nine got their selections right

There’s so much nonsense talked these days about ‘diversity’, isn’t there? Politically correct Greenie types shooting their mouths off without even bothering to get all the facts.

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The Liebke Ratings: Women’s Ashes, T20 matches

Australia went into the final leg of the series knowing that they needed to do no more than win one of the three T20 games to retain the Women’s Ashes.

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Glenn Maxwell’s Test career at the crossroads

If Shaun Maxwell’s back spasm means Glenn Maxwell’s chequered Test career resumes at the Gabba today, he’d better make the most of the belated opportunity.

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Glenn Maxwell flown in as niggles cloud Aussie XI

Australia again have an unsettled XI for the Ashes opener, this time because of David Warner’s stiff neck and Shaun Marsh’s sore back, prompting selectors to summon Glenn Maxwell to Brisbane.

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Empire versus upstart, coloniser versus colony: The contests which define the Ashes

The Ashes is the story of antagonism. The itching, grating, sandpaper-underwear tension between colony and coloniser, between a perceived dominion and those who thought they could rule it.

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The Ashes Australia vs England first Test live stream, TV guide, how to watch

The Ashes are finally back, and the first Test between Australia and England is about to get underway at the Gabba in Brisbane. Here is The Roar’s guide to watching and following the match.

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It feels like I never left: Khawaja

Don’t call it a recall.

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Root: England don’t care about Gabba record

Unfazed by a daunting Gabba record, captain Joe Root doubted whether Australia would recover if England claimed a rare first Ashes Test win in Brisbane.

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England reveal XI for first Ashes Test

England has announced their team for the first Ashes Test to commence on Thursday morning in Brisbane, with Jake Ball claiming the only spot surrounded by any uncertainty.

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Selectors already reportedly “thrilled” with Shaun Marsh’s performance in the first Ashes Test

The first ball of the opening Ashes Test is yet to be bowled but selectors are already giddy with excitement over one player’s performance.

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Aussie pace attack more scary than Mitchell Johnson: Smith

In a sobering warning to England on the eve of the Ashes, Australian captain Steve Smith has boldly claimed his pace attack are more nasty than Mitchell Johnson.

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Bird, Sayers left out of Australian XI for first Ashes Test

In a move surprising absolutely nobody, Steve Smith has confirmed Jackson Bird and Chadd Sayers will be the two players left out of the Australian team for the first Test.

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When is the first Ashes Test Australia vs England start time, date

Time to throw your footy kit in storage, the banana peels and dirty socks can wait until next winter because the Ashes are back! Here is the all the information you need for the first Test between Australia and England.

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WATCH: Glenn Mitchell’s Ashes prediction

Longtime Roar expert and sports broadcaster Glenn Mitchell has given his thoughts on the upcoming Ashes series in a preview video for The Roar.

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Cam Bancroft walks off the field

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Australian batsman Mark Waugh falls to the ground after being hit by a bouncer from West Indies bowler Courtney Walsh. AFP PHOTO/Greg WOOD

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Beach Cricket

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Australia women's cricket

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Nathan Lyon of Australia looks on

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David Warner leaves the crease after losing his wicket

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Australian cricketer Nathan Lyon. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

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Australian bowler Mitchell Johnson. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

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Australian bowler Josh Hazlewood

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Australia vs England: The Ashes highlights, live scores, blog – 1st Test, Day 1

The Ashes are finally here. Australia go in as heavy favourites, but England will be no pushover in the biggest cricket series on the calendar. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of Day 1 at the Gabba from 11am (AEDT).

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So, you’ve been picked to play for Australia

The Australian summer has arrived and with it, an Ashes series against the Old Enemy and a bunch of maniacal team selections.

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England’s attack holds the key to the Ashes. But are they up to it?

With all the ‘external noise’ as England Skipper Joe Root calls it, you would ponder if Australian cricket had gone excitedly troppo before even a ball had been bowled.

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My 16 Ashes series predictions ahead of the first Test

The first ball of the Ashes is just hours away. Here are my 16 fearless predictions for the entire series.

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Five things England must do to retain the Ashes

It’s time to get stop talking and let cricket dictate the contest now. A lot has been said and written about the Ashes, with most cricket pundits favouring Australia to blow away the touring side and regain the urn.

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The very first Test match revisited: Australia vs England ‘live’ blog, Day 4, March 19, 1877

The match hangs in the balance at the start of the fourth and final day. Australia have a second innings lead of 132 with just one wicket remaining.

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The six greatest performances in Ashes history

The Ashes is, without a doubt, the greatest Test series on the international cricket calendar. It has more history than any other around the world and speaking generally, it’s the grand final for both Australia and England.

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Australia vs England: First Ashes Test preview and prediction

The selections of Australia have been criticised from all angles and England won’t have Ben Stokes or favouritism, but the time for talking is over, because the Ashes have arrived.

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Remembering World Series Cricket on its 40-year anniversary

Night games, the white ball and coloured clothing were all introduced 40 years ago this summer, as World Series Cricket changed the game forever.

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Australia have the firepower to turn England to Ashes

The Australian selectors bowled a googly to fans when they announced the squad for the first two Ashes Tests.

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Australia vs England: Women’s Ashes – third T20, live scores, blog

The race for the Women’s Ashes trophy might be over, but England will be out for redemption and a drawn series when they take on Australia in the final T20 at Manuka Oval. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:10pm (AEDT).

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The very first Test match revisited: Australia vs England ‘live’ blog, Day 3, March 17, 1877

England start day three at 4/109, after Australia had made 245 in the first innings. Being a Saturday, a healthy crowd has turned up. England opener Harry Jupp is 54 not out and looking dangerous.

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Brisbane by the numbers

By Ryan H, 20 Nov 2017
Brisbane by the numbers

Ahead of the anticipated opening Ashes Test on Thursday at the Gabba, I have looked at some of the more interesting, quirky statistics that headline the first Test – of which there are many.

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The very first Test match revisited: Australia vs England ‘live’ blog, Day 2, March 16, 1877

Australia start day two of the first Test in Melbourne in a reasonable position at 6/166. Charlie Bannerman has got 126 of those runs and will be looking to add to England’s woes.

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England’s most likely XI for the Gabba

By James Roche, 20 Nov 2017
England’s most likely XI for the Gabba

England arrive in Australia hoping to forget the embarrassment of the 2013-14 Ashes campaign. They left England after a summer of series victories over both South Africa and the West Indies, and this is the most likely side that will take the field in Brisbane.

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The Sheffield Shield wrap: The season so far

By Edward L'Orange, 20 Nov 2017
The Sheffield Shield wrap: The season so far

With Test stars in action and international spots on the line, at least theoretically, the first three rounds of this season’s Sheffield Shield have been intriguing.

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Ellyse Perry Australia Cricket Women's 2017

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The MCG in 1878

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Australian batsman Shaun Marsh

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Shane Warne bowls

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A history of Australia’s wicked wicketkeeping

By John Macdonald, 19 Nov 2017

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Cam Bancroft walks off the field

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Evan Gulbis

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Matt Renshaw bats during a test match against India

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Alex Blackwell Australia cricket women's

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