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Australia's gains and the unanswered questions for the Ashes

They were outplayed by India and then crushed an injury-hit Sri Lanka who couldn't compete. What does it mean for Australia's Test side?

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Smith could miss World Cup as part of staggered return

David Warner is set to be part of the World Cup squad but Smith's elbow injury may persuade the selectors to hold him back for the Ashes

How do you judge Australia's thrashing of Sri Lanka?

Dan Brettig and Mel Farrell look back on the Canberra Test, discuss a crushing win for the hosts and all Sri Lanka's problems

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ICC news

Rankings update

Cummins No. 2, Holder No. 6 on Test bowlers rankings

Three West Indies fast bowlers are now in the top 12, the best since they had four in 1996

Australia v Sri Lanka

2nd Test, Canberra

Slippery fingers aggravate Sri Lanka's torrid day

After a bright start, the rawness of the visitors' pace attack was exposed on a shoulda-woulda-coulda sorta day on which four catches went down

Canberra's Test dream started with Fingleton scoreboard

Archival material has revealed the dream of the ACT minister 36 years ago to 'see the Ashes played right here in the national capital'

Australia v Sri Lanka

2nd Test, Canberra

A Test debut beyond Jack Fingleton's dreams

The name of the former Australia batsman - "an important political figure for cricket" - adorns the manual scoreboard at Manuka Oval

Depleted Sri Lanka left hoping for batting-friendly Canberra track

Having had their bowling stocks severely depleted , bowling coach Rumesh Ratnayake hopes the conditions allow batsmen to take pressure off the bowlers

Starc strives to place Ashes seed in Langer's mind

Having had an underwhelming Test season, Starc will hope a powerful performance at Canberra can seal an early place in the Ashes squad

Sri Lanka in Australia

Team affairs

SL coach Hathurusingha removed as selector-on-tour

Selecting the XI on tour will now be undertaken by the team manager and captain in consultation with the national selection committee

Thisara writes to SLC after social media squabble with Malinga's wife

The exchange has made the national team 'a laughing stock to the whole country', the allrounder has said

Squad update

SL in Australia 2019

Injured Chameera to miss second Test

Dushmantha Chameera injured his left ankle during the first Test and will return home along with Lahiru Kumara

Sri Lanka in Australia

Squad news

Cummins keen not to be rested before World Cup, Ashes

He was rested for the ODIs India with the two Tests against Sri Lanka in mind, but he is desperate not to miss any more white-ball cricket

Ashes squad likely to be named quite late, says Langer

While previous squads were named well in advance, the A-team tour of England that runs alongside the World Cup is likely to offer final auditions

Australia v Sri Lanka

1st Test, Brisbane

Cummins' career-best fashions Australia's innings win

Sri Lanka stumbled to 139 all out in an innings and 40-run defeat at the Gabba

Sri Lanka flunk the Gabba examination

It was always going to be a tough ask on the type of surface the Australians have dreamed of all season, but it was still disappointing that the visitors capitulated twice

Present tense but future can be perfect for Paine's young Australia

The roles played by debutant Richardson and inexperienced batting pair of Labuschagne and Head left Paine satisfied following the series loss to India

Squad updates

Sri Lanka in Australia

Cummins, Head to be Paine's deputies for SL Tests

The duo have been named joint vice-captains for the two Tests, replacing the dropped Mitchell Marsh and injured Hazlewood

The other contenders in an unsettled batting order

With only three batting slots locked in before the series against Sri Lanka, here is a look at the five batsmen vying for the other spots

Australia v Sri Lanka

Build-up

'We can do it' - Sri Lanka hope to do an India on Australia

The performance of the Indian bowlers on their recent Test tour has given the visiting Sri Lankans a lot of confidence

Sri Lanka's best chance to win in Australia?

Sri Lanka have never won a Test in Australia, losing 11 of 13. Here are three reasons why they have a better chance this time around

Extra power-company staff for Gabba's day-night Test after BBL drama

Energex has completed repairs to the faulty cable that was the cause of the problem in the BBL, and officials are confident the problem won't reoccur

Corruption consequences

Sri Lanka news

Russel Arnold expects trust deficit in Sri Lankan ranks

Recent allegations will be in the mind of the tourists in Australia, says former Sri Lankan batsman

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