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The Ashes Test

Prelims A fanfare of trumpets accompanied the news of Lauren Bell’s addition to the test squad. She was not picked to play. The train of thought behind this sequence of decisions is hard to follow. Her next test chance does not follow next week. Lisa Keightley learned from her grave error of the India test

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Rain stops play in Adelaide

England Women v Australia Women – match abandoned due to rain The second IT20 between England Women and Australia Women at the Adelaide Oval was abandoned due to rain after 4.1 overs. It means the two available points were shared, with the score in the multi-format series now 3-1 Australia after two games. The two teams

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The Same Old Story – The Ashes get under way

England’s bowling proved no match for Australia’s top-order batters, Tahlia McGrath hitting a remarkable 91* of just 49 deliveries. It’s accepted policy that you bowl your best bowlers first, so Heather Knight asked Sophie Ecclestone to take the second over. The trouble is, it means she won’t be bowling when it really matters. Of course

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England name Women’s Sevens squad for Malaga

Head coach James Rodwell has named his England Women Sevens squad for the forthcoming HSBC World Sevens Series tournament in Malaga (21-23 January and live on www.World.Rugby). Drawn in Pool C, England face France, Russia and Brazil at Estadio Ciudad de Málaga. Abbie Brown and Megan Jones will co-captain the group with Abi Burton, Grace

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There’s an Ashes Series coming

On Thursday England start their quest for the Ashes. Let’s hope they have been entirely cut off from all media channels, or they will be aware of the abysmal, disheartening, unacceptable, abject (delete as preferred) performance of their menfolk in Australia (a 0-4 defeat). Much will depend on Lisa Keightley’s powers of psychology. As an

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Cutting it Fine

Late Alterations to the Ashes Programme Of the two alterations to England’s Ashes schedule in Australia, the timing and the sequencing, it is the sequencing that should prove far more important. The tour begins one week earlier than originally planned, on 20 January; or, if you include the two warm-up matches, 12 days earlier. Placing

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