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England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 5th day

Bad light denies England as Ashes ignite

Aug 25, 2013: With England needing 21 runs from four overs with six wickets in hand, and a capacity crowd in a state of high excitement, the umpires took their light meters out and ordered the players off

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The Investec Ashes 2013

Lehmann's comments 'incitement' - ECB

Aug 23, 2013: The ECB has stepped up the pressure on Australia's coach, Darren Lehmann, for his attack on Stuart Broad by accusing Lehmann of "incitement"

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England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 3rd day

England forced to grind as Australia chip away

Aug 23, 2013: Capacity crowds have been drawn to the Investec Ashes all summer in anticipation of another high-octane series, but England are juddering to their destination as if Australia have slipped petrol into their diesel engine.

The Report by David Hopps

England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 2nd day

Smith achieves his moment, England miss theirs

Aug 22, 2013: Alastair Cook and Joe Root safely negotiated their way to the close to leave England 460 runs in arrears after Steven Smith's maiden Test hundred

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England news

Panesar faces lifestyle challenges

Aug 21, 2013: Monty Panesar must rediscover his core values if he is to resurrect his Test career after his embarrassing early-morning escapade in Brighton

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England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 1st day

Watson lifts Australia with elusive ton

Aug 21, 2013: Shane Watson took the highest score of his Test career off a reshaped and none-too-convincing England attack as Australia reached 307 for 4 at the close of day one

The Report by David Hopps

England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Old Trafford, 5th day

How England retained the Ashes

Aug 5, 2013: ESPNcricinfo charts England's 14-day journey to maintaining their grip on the urn

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England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Old Trafford, 4th day

Declare and be damned

Aug 4, 2013: There is nothing like poor weather and trying to gauge a declaration to mess with a cricketer's mind - just for once Michael Clarke should have asked the journalists instead

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England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Old Trafford, 2nd day

Warner revels in panto villain debut

Aug 2, 2013: Australia's moustachioed cricketing pugilist made an appropriately comedic decision to review his dismissal, to the delight of the Old Trafford crowd

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England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Old Trafford

Anderson eager to mark Old Trafford return

Jul 30, 2013: James Anderson did his bit to help Old Trafford get the facelift it needed and now England's 21st century Statham can help England overcome their third Test jitters

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The Investec Ashes 2013

Four vie for chance to replace Pietersen

Jul 24, 2013: The potential replacements should Kevin Pietersen not be fit on August 1

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England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

England complete crushing four-day win

Jul 21, 2013: England secured a 2-0 lead in the Investec Ashes series as they completed an inevitable victory against Australia with draining efficiency at the fag-end of the fourth day at Lord's

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England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

Root's landmark day flays Australia

Jul 20, 2013: Joe Root has shown an ability to adapt to any given match situation in his brief international career. The brief for England on a Lord's Saturday was to take the heat out of the game and bat Australia into oblivion. And so Root did.

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England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 2nd day

Swann's five embarrass Australia on manic day

Jul 19, 2013: It will require the services of a cricket historian to determine when Australia last batted as woefully as this. Many Australian supporters will neither know nor care

The Report by David Hopps

England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 1st day

Bell prevents meltdown but Smith turns up heat

Jul 18, 2013: Ian Bell produced his third Ashes hundred in succession to try to guard against an England calamity on the first day of the second Investec Test

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England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 5th day

Inspired Anderson puts England 1-0 up

Jul 14, 2013: James Anderson led England to victory in the first Investec Test as he took the last four wickets to fall in a steadfast spell of fast bowling on a nerve-shredding final day at Trent Bridge

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England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge

Wrong place, wrong time, wrong call

Jul 13, 2013: Stuart Broad did only what cricketers have been doing for half a century - but doing it in the full glare of the Ashes has unleashed the sermonising

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England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day

Late wickets lift England in victory pursuit

Jul 13, 2013: Four days of enthralling, gut-wrenching and at times quite remarkable Ashes cricket came to rest at Trent Bridge with England favourites to take a 1-0 lead in the Investec Test series

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England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 3rd day

Bell and Broad take control as controversy erupts

Jul 12, 2013: England will be convinced that they finally broke Australia in a heated final session at Trent Bridge, that the 261-run lead established by the end of the third day is already enough

The Report by David Hopps

England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day

Agar's world records create extraordinary day

Jul 11, 2013: Australia's debutant Ashton Agar produced the greatest innings by a No. 11 in Test history, only to fall for 98 as he sought the shot to bring up his hundred

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