Daniel Brettig

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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

Shane Watson thrashed his way to a half-century

The Investec Ashes 2015

Watson, Marsh duel 'tight' - Lehmann

Shane Watson and Mitchell Marsh will face-off once again for the allrounder's berth in Australia's final warm-up ahead of the first Investec Test against England in Cardiff

Ryan Harris opened his wicket tally for the Ashes tour

Kent v Australians, Tour match, Canterbury, 3rd day

Harris fights to regain his place

Ryan Harris rates Australia's pace battery well ahead of the equivalent set of fast men who came to England in 2013. The fact he may well be missing from the XI for the first Test in Cardiff is a fair indicator of why

Mitchell Marsh brought up his hundred off 93 balls

Kent v Australians, Tour match, Canterbury, 3rd day

Mitchell Marsh edges ahead in Test battle after ton

Mitchell Marsh has done everything within his power to press for a spot in Australia's first Test XI, leaving Shane Watson to prove his fitness as a bowler next week or risk being dropped from the side

Steven Smith moved to 111 before retiring

Kent v Australians, Tour match, Canterbury, 2nd day

Confident Smith limbers up for Ashes

No matter what the bowlers do, right now the only man in the world who can get Steven Smith out is, well, Steven Smith

Mitchell Johnson bowled some rapid spells

Kent v Australians, Tour match, Canterbury, 2nd day

Johnson fires up but Watson, Marsh miss out

Where Mitchell Johnson signalled his intent to again dent England neither Shane Watson nor Mitchell Marsh were able to push ahead as the allrounder most likely to take a pivotal place in Australia's first Test X

Shaun Marsh executes a pull shot

Kent v Australians, Tour match, Canterbury, 1st day

Shaun Marsh makes his pitch for Test retention

Shaun Marsh began his Ashes tour with a century against Kent to stake a claim for retaining his spot in the Test side but there were also runs for Chris Rogers

Michael Clarke bats in the nets during Australia's practice

Australia in England 2015

Rogers, Watson try to secure spots

Lost somewhat in the hubbub about Chris Rogers' failed tour group venture was a most intriguing Australian team selection for the Kent tour match in the medieval city of Canterbury.

Chris Rogers evades a short ball

Investec Ashes 2015

Rogers admits to 'naivety' - but not deception

Australia's batsman Chris Rogers admitted his plan to offer hospitality around his batch of Lord's tickets was 'naive,' but he claimed it stopped well short of deception