Daniel Brettig

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Nathan Lyon proved expensive

Essex v Australians, Tour match, Chelmsford, 3rd day

Clarke unconcerned by spinners' struggles

Australia's captain Michael Clarke has defended his spin bowlers Nathan Lyon and Fawad Ahmed after both were subjected to considerable punishment in the tourists' opening two tour matches

Michael Clarke swivels to pull in the second innings

Essex v Australians, Tour match, Chelmsford, 3rd day

Starc, Clarke provide bright spots

Mitchell Starc and Michael Clarke impressed for the Australians although it was another uneven display against Essex

James Faulkner claimed two wickets in his first over

Australia news

Faulkner to face drink-driving charge

James Faulkner, the World Cup-winning Australia allrounder, may be left out of the ODI squad for the series following the Ashes after he spent Thursday night in a prison cell in Manchester on a drink driving charge

Tom Westley brought up his hundred off 134 balls

Essex v Australians, Tour match, Chelmsford, 2nd day

History repeats itself as Westley makes Australians toil

A decade after a young Alastair Cook smote the Australians to all parts of Chelmsford, another youthful Essex opener in Tom Westley did much the same

Trevor Bayliss speaks to the media for the first time

Australia news

Haddin has coaching potential - Bayliss

Brad Haddin should be fast tracked into a coaching role after his playing days are over, according to England's new Australian coach Trevor Bayliss

David Warner cracked 94 during the morning session

Essex v Australians, Tour match, Chelmsford, 1st day

Red-hot Marsh turns up heat on Watson

On the hottest July day in England since records began, it was hard to know what was at a higher temperature - a sweltering Chelmsford crowd or the scything blade of Mitchell Marsh

Ryan Harris opened his wicket tally for the Ashes tour

Investec Ashes 2015

Injured Harris effectively out of first Test

Ryan Harris has been effectively ruled out of contention for the first Ashes Test in Cardiff when he was unable to be passed fit for the tourists' final warm-up against Essex

James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin and Steven Smith relish the victory

The Investec Ashes 2015

Haddin puzzled by hype around new England

Having won the World Cup a few months ago, Brad Haddin has viewed the ensuing hype after England's 3-2 ODI series win over New Zealand with bemusement

Chris Lynn revived a poor start with a half-century

New Zealand in Australia 2015

Starc unimpressed by pink ball

Even though it was the latest in countless versions of the pink balls trialled by Cricket Australia's official supplier Kookaburra, Mitchell Starc said it was nothing like using the traditional red ball

Brendon McCullum collects the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy

New Zealand in Australia 2015

First day-night Test for Adelaide Oval

New Zealand Cricket has agreed to play a day-night Test match against Australia as part of a deal that will resume regular cricket between the two countries after a gap of four years