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Allan Border medal ceremony

Smith, Warner win big on Allan Border medal night

Feb 12, 2018: David Warner collected the ODI award while Aaron Finch won the award in T20Is. Jhye Richardson, the 21-year-old quick was named the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year

Daniel Brettig

Western Australia v New South Wales, Sheffield Shield 2017-18, Perth, 2nd day

Western Australia falter after Cartwright 78

Feb 9, 2018: New South Wales restricted Western Australia to a first-innings lead of only 11 but lost early wickets of their own to leave the Sheffield Shield match at the WACA Ground intriguingly poised

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia news

Lyon bids for World Cup spinner's berth

Jan 17, 2018: A match haul of 3 for 18 in the Big Bash on Tuesday was a reminder that the Australia offspinner can be valuable in limited-overs cricket as well

Daniel Brettig

Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers, BBL 2017-18, MCG

Lyon and Maddinson hand Stars a thrashing

Jan 16, 2018: The offspinner claimed three wickets while the opener smashed a 23-ball fifty to put the Melbourne Stars out of contention for the semi-finals

The Report by Daniel Brettig

Test bowling nominees

Turn, turn, turn

Jan 15, 2018: Seven of our top ten Test bowling performances of 2017 came from spinners. Who was the best?

Akshay Gopalakrishnan

England news

Strauss to consider £3 million 'spin fund'

Jan 10, 2018: New measures needed to identify and nurture spin-bowling talent, says John Emburey, after failure to compete in Ashes

Daniel Brettig

Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney

Moeen facing Lyon: nine innings, seven wickets

Jan 7, 2018: Moeen Ali was a walking wicket against Nathan Lyon this Ashes

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney

Lyon's share recalls Warne impact

Jan 7, 2018: Expectation rises whenever Nathan Lyon takes the ball, and England have largely been worried out of attacking him

Daniel Brettig at Sydney

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


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

Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 2nd day

Australia blunted on day of toil

Dec 27, 2017: With Mitchell Starc missing and Pat Cummins unwell, Australia's attack struggled to make an impact having failed to add customary lower-order runs

Daniel Brettig at the MCG

The Ashes 2017-18

Lyon best spinner in the world - Davison

Dec 9, 2017: John Davison, mentor to Australia offspinner Nathan Lyon, believes improved batting performances from Australia have also aided the spinner's success after a difficult period last year

Daniel Brettig in Perth

Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 3rd day

Lyon goes from cult hero to real hero

Dec 4, 2017: For many years a support act, then last summer a novelty, Nathan Lyon has become very much the main attraction this summer

Daniel Brettig in Adelaide

The briefing

The saviour, the protecter, the butthead and the bully

Dec 2, 2017: The month of November was all about the stars of yet another glorious Ashes series

Andrew Fidel Fernando

Why Nathan Lyon is special

Dec 1, 2017: Fingerspinners have generally struggled in Australia, but Nathan Lyon has been a glorious exception

S Rajesh

England's wheels are not off but they're loosened

Nov 29, 2017: They couldn't match fire with fire in Brisbane, or spin with spin. And they had no answers for the Steven Smith question

Mark Nicholas

The Ashes 2017-18

Come and get me - Lyon says to England

Nov 29, 2017: Confident in his abilities as Australia's No. 1 spinner, Nathan Lyon has said he wouldn't mind if the English batsmen come out with a plan of all-out attack against him in Adelaide

Daniel Brettig in Adelaide

Australia v England, 1st Test, The Ashes 2017-18, Brisbane, 4th day

Where the Test turned

Nov 26, 2017: The key moments that left Australia on the verge of a comprehensive victory at the Gabba

George Dobell

Gabba Test shows why pitches must favour bowlers more

Nov 26, 2017: The pitch for the first Test is a great illustration of why the best Test matches are played on surfaces that give some encouragement to the bowlers.

Ian Chappell

Australia v England, 1st Ashes Test, Brisbane, 2nd day

Lyon shrugs off trash-talk criticism

Nov 24, 2017: Nathan Lyon has defended his controversial pre-Ashes comments about Matt Prior and wanting to end England players' careers

Brydon Coverdale at the Gabba
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