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England v Australia, 1st Test, Cardiff

Onions pips Harmison for final slot

Jul 5, 2009: Graham Onions will compete with Monty Panesar for England's final bowling spot in the first Test at Cardiff on Wednesday

Andrew Miller

England Lions v Australians, Worcester, 4th day

Ponting backs Hughes to bounce back

Jul 4, 2009: Australia have no Ashes fears for Phillip Hughes after the young Australian opener was twice dismissed by short-pitched bowling during the final hit-out before the first Test

Peter English at Worcester

England Lions v Australians, Worcester, 4th day

North and Hussey impress in draw

Jul 4, 2009: Marcus North led the Australians with 191 not out and they were also encouraged by the performances of Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee as they completed a useful warm-up for Wednesday's first Test

The Bulletin by Peter English at Worcester

England v Australia, 1st Test, Cardiff

Harmison and Panesar await their fate

Jul 4, 2009: Steve Harmison has caused England's selectors the most timely of headaches ahead of Sunday's first Test squad announcement

Andrew Miller

England Lions v Australians, Worcester, 3rd day

North finds his direction

Jul 3, 2009: Marcus North knows there will be tougher days ahead but he was relieved to break through his early tour slump with a composed 106 in an ideal warm-up before next week's first Test

Peter English at New Road

England Lions v Australians, Worcester, 3rd day

Harmison not expecting Cardiff call

Jul 3, 2009: Steve Harmison does not expect to be lining up in Cardiff on Wednesday despite heaping doubt on the opener Phillip Hughes and picking up six Australian wickets in Worcester

Peter English at New Road

England Lions v Australians, Worcester, 3rd day

North bounces back as Hughes bounced out

Jul 3, 2009: Steve Harmison shook Australia's top order for the second time as Phillip Hughes and Ricky Ponting suffered dual failures a week before their Ashes defence

The Bulletin by Peter English at Worcester

England Lions v Australians, Worcester, 2nd day

Lee swings into XI for Cardiff

Jul 2, 2009: Brett Lee demonstrated perfectly how to deliver searing reverse-swing in preparation for what the Australians expect will be similar conditions in Cardiff

Peter English at Worcester

Australia in England 2009

North placed on batting alert

Jul 2, 2009: Andrew Hilditch has warned the out-of-form Marcus North he must secure the No. 6 spot to hold his Test place

Peter English and Alex Brown

England Lions v Australians, Worcester, 2nd day

Fired-up Lee seals Test berth

Jul 2, 2009: Brett Lee guaranteed his immediate Test future with a five-wicket haul that came in a stunning spell of reverse-swing against the England Lions

The Bulletin by Peter English at Worcester

England Lions v Australians, Worcester, 1st day

Harmison senses Aussie frailties

Jul 1, 2009: Steve Harmison followed up his hostile performance for England Lions at Worcester on Wednesday by questioning the mental resolve of the Australian tourists

ESPNcricinfo staff

England Lions v Australians, Worcester, 1st day

Rested Hussey enjoys 'rewarding' innings

Jul 1, 2009: An unscheduled break has refreshed Michael Hussey and helped him regain the form that made him one of the game's most prolific batsmen

Peter English at Worcester

England Lions v Australians, Worcester, 1st day

Hussey ton holds Australians together

Jul 1, 2009: Michael Hussey's unbeaten 143 stay was a relief for the Australians, proving his return to form against a well-qualified pace attack

The Bulletin by Peter English at Worcester

The Ashes 2009

Ponting demands no-ball fix

Jul 1, 2009: Ricky Ponting has demanded his bowlers fix the no-ball problem that hampered them in the tour opener so it doesn't cost them in next week's first Ashes Test

Peter English at New Road

England Lions v Australians, Worcester

'My best cricket is ahead of me' - Bell

Jun 30, 2009: Ian Bell doesn't expect to race back into the starting XI for Cardiff, but wants to stay in touch for the rest of the Ashes

Peter English at New Road

The Ashes 2009

Ponting noncommittal on pace spots

Jun 30, 2009: Ricky Ponting insisted there were no bowling certainties for Cardiff

Peter English at New Road

The Ashes 2009

Cooley gives Aussies a taste of 2005

Jun 30, 2009: Troy Cooley on Australia's pacemen for the 2005 Ashes

Alex Brown

The Ashes 2009

Variety no longer the spice for Monty

Jun 29, 2009: Monty Panesar has blamed moves to expand his spin bowling repertoire for his poor first-class returns this season, and has vowed to revert to his natural game if pitched into Ashes combat this summer

Alex Brown

England Lions v Australians, Worcester

Watson unlikely starter for first Test

Jun 29, 2009: Shane Watson was limited to walking around the ground during Monday's session at New Road

Peter English at New Road
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