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Australia v England, 3rd ODI, Sydney

Smith calls for end of 'soft signal' rulings

Jan 21, 2018: Though he had calmed down somewhat after the match, Steven Smith was far from impressed when given out caught behind at a vital phase of Australia's innings

Daniel Brettig

Australia v England, 3rd ODI, Sydney

Buttler's blast sets up England to seal series

Jan 21, 2018: Jos Buttler's stunning century and a composed all-round effort with the ball helped England clinch the ODI series with two matches to play

The Report by Melinda Farrell

England in Australia 2018

Australia's ageing game plan badly executed

Jan 20, 2018: Australia will need to sort out their 2015 World Cup configuration before next year's World Cup, otherwise their incumbent head coach will usher in a successor needing to do exactly what he had prescribed after their Champions Trophy exit

Daniel Brettig

ICC news

Kohli named ICC's cricketer and captain of the year

Jan 18, 2018: Australia's Steven Smith took home the other big prize as he was recognised as the best Test player of 2017

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia v England, 1st ODI, Melbourne

England set new ODI batting bar - Smith

Jan 15, 2018: The Australia captain believes his team needs to learn from the way Eoin Morgan's men bat without fear

Daniel Brettig

Test batting nominees

From Bangalore to Brisbane

Jan 15, 2018: The best Test batting performances of the year span venues from across the continents

Alagappan Muthu

Why we need tough first-class matches before and during the Ashes

Jan 11, 2018: There is nothing wrong with the home team winning more often than not, but there is a long-term threat in the visiting team not competing

Mark Nicholas

What is the highest Test score by an England batsman in Australia?

Jan 9, 2018: And does anyone have more Test hundreds against England than Steven Smith?

Steven Lynch

Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney

Tea and sympathy won't suffice as England face up to another drubbing

Jan 8, 2018: Stoicism is an admirable trait that serves the country well, but it's time to get really rather cross about the state of English cricket

George Dobell at Sydney

Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney, 5th day

The Ashes event now transcends the cricket

Jan 8, 2018: This was the second-highest attended Ashes of all time, viewing figures have been strong and Steven Smith has moved towards greatness. But much of the action was far from memorable

Daniel Brettig

Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney

Team-mates in awe as Smith matches Sobers to 6000 runs

Jan 5, 2018: Steven Smith became the equal-second fastest Test batsman to 6000 runs, and now has the chance to make his fourth century of this Ashes series

Daniel Brettig at Sydney

Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney, 2nd day

Khawaja and Smith put Australia in control

Jan 5, 2018: On a day when Australia chipped slowly away at England's total, in a dead rubber, individual moments and milestones caught the eye more than the overall match progress

The Report by Brydon Coverdale

A super year for spinners, captains, and Test results

Jan 5, 2018: For the first time in Test history, spinners took more than 600 wickets in a calendar year, while Steven Smith and Virat Kohli led a run-fest for captains in 2017

S Rajesh

Australia

Look ma, it's the Ashes

Jan 4, 2018: Australia had a fair few things to be unhappy about last year, but winning against England made up for all of them

Brydon Coverdale

England v Australia, 5th Test, Sydney

Starc gets SCG wish but ODI rest looms

Jan 3, 2018: Mitchell Starc has been passed fit for the SCG Test, but his captain Steven Smith says Australia are mindful of the need to keep the left-arm quick fit for the South Africa tour

Daniel Brettig in Sydney

England v Australia, 5th Test, Sydney

'Never had ambitions to play for England' - Smith

Jan 3, 2018: At 18, Steven Smith was offered a contract from Surrey that "sounded like quite a fair amount of money" but he turned it down to pursue his career with Australia

George Dobell in Sydney

Of Smith, Kohli, and the year cricket's future took shape

Jan 1, 2018: The administrative developments of 2017 hold promise for the years to come

Sambit Bal

Australia v England, 4th Ashes Test, Melbourne, 5th day

Relentless Smith finds a fresh ally

Dec 30, 2017: Steven Smith gave praise for his partner on the fifth day at the MCG, as Mitchell Marsh slipped into a supporting role with a mature, unbeaten innings

Daniel Brettig in Melbourne

4th Ashes Test, MCG

Smith continues his prolific run

Dec 30, 2017: Steven Smith hit yet another hundred - the 23rd of his Test career - to ensure a draw in the Boxing Day Test

Shiva Jayaraman

Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 5th day

Steven Smith caps epic 2017 with hundred to deny England

Dec 30, 2017: England's hopes of a consolation victory in Melbourne disappeared with another Steven Smith century

Report by Brydon Coverdale
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