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Test selectors spring a few surprises – again

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There are millions of highly-opinionated cricket selectors in Australia but it’s a fair chance that only four of them would have come up with the exact same XI that will take the field in the first Test, says Chief Writer RON REED. More »

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Gabba is a graveyard for English visitors

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THE VENUE for the first Ashes Test, the Brisbane Cricket Ground, or The Gabba as it is more commonly known, has been an unshakeable citadel for Australian cricket since 1988, says KEN PIESSE: EVEN A DRAW IN THE First Test at The Gabba will be a massive bonus f... More »

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Aaron Finch steps into Test contention

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AARON FINCH’S progression from white-ball specialist into a genuine Test team contender will continue next week when he is named Victoria’s new captain for the must-win game against New South Wales. KEN PIESSE reports: More »

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Keeping it in the family

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Doting Dads are always proud when their sons turn out to be high achievers, especially when it is doing the same thing they do themselves. It’s been a big few days for that, Chief Writer RON REED reports: More »

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Extras can mount up on the England Ashes tours

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SENDING an SOS back home for replacements has become commonplace on Ashes campaigns Downunder. KEN PIESSE recalls the most famous occasion when veteran Colin Cowdrey was summoned to face the chin music from Lillee and Thommo. More »

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Oops, my mistakes – by Test captain Steve Smith

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THERE IS NO bigger job in Australian sport than captaining the Test cricket team, especially against England – and the incumbent Steve Smith does not deny he is a work in progress. Chief Writer RON REED delves into Smith’s newly-published autobiography. More »

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Why Glenn Maxwell might be better off batting down the list

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Everyone associated with Victorian cricket would love to see colourful all-rounder Glenn Maxwell retain his tenuous grip on his spot in the Test team for the Ashes and will give him all the help they can – but are they going about it the right way? Chief write... More »