Daniel Brettig

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Ryan Harris opened his wicket tally for the Ashes tour

Investec Ashes 2015

Injured Harris effectively out of first Test

Ryan Harris was 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

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