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Three memories. A trio of insights into character as much as talent. It is 2011 – the last time Middlesex’s County Cricket Club’s won promotion – and a Sydney-born Australian with an English mother and a British passport is batting with Andrew Strauss at Lord’s.

Dawid Malan has revealed England are searching for ways to cut Billy Stanlake, Australia’s 6ft 8in paceman, down to size.

England’s failure to capitalise on opportunities in key moments of the Ashes resulted in their 4-0 loss to a “far better” Australia side, Jimmy Anderson admitted after the series drew to a close in Sydney.

Outclassed England finished Sydney’s pink Test day red in the face from thankless toil and surely a touch of embarrassment too over a looming 4-0 Ashes endgame.

Dawid Malan admits he was surprised to see Jonny Bairstow come out to bat in the closing stages as Australia grabbed two late wickets to spoil England’s foothold in the fifth Ashes Test.

There was something about the way Alastair Cook celebrated his magnificent double-century in the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne that epitomised his character.

The Ashes: England draw on positives

Saturday, December 30, 2017

England yet again had no answer to Steve Smith as the Australia captain took his Ashes tally to 604 runs this winter with his third century to close out a predictable stalemate at the MCG.

It’s time for our Arsenal fan Q&A. This week we have a loyal Gooner from down under Micky Brock. Read on Micky’s passionate interview as he shares his favourite player (George Armstrong), scrapes at West Brom, his dear old dad giving him a love of The Arsenal by sharing tales of our 1930s stars and much, much more.

Middlesex’s Steven Finn will miss England’s first Ashes warm-up match after an injury scare.

If Middlesex batsman Sam Robson has set himself targets between now and the end of the season that might earn him an England recall he’s keeping them to himself.

Modern day football gripe, number 2,376. Premier League clubs having preposterous kit launches at the start of every season.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that the Premier League is more important than the Champions League this week.

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