‘We had them cold’: Inside the day Australia lost the unlosable Ashes Test

It was a moment that would live with the Australian Test team for the rest of their lives. “We were all sitting in the rooms thinking, ‘How did that happen?’,” Kim Hughes told ABC Sport. It was Headingley, 1981, and Hughes had gone from almost certainly leading Australia to a 2-0 advantage to losing the unlosable third Test. … Read more

Perth loses fifth Ashes Test due to WA quarantine rules, no decision on replacement venue

The fifth and final Ashes Test will not be played in Perth after Cricket Australia decided to move the match due to Western Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions. Australia and England were hoping the Western Australian government would give exemptions for players and staff to avoid lengthy quarantines, but they faced a 14-day stint on arriving in Perth. … Read more

Head in, Khawaja misses out — Australia names its XI for the first Ashes Test

Australia has named its team for the first Ashes Test against England at the Gabba, with South Australia’s Travis Head preferred for the last batting spot ahead of Queensland veteran Usman Khawaja. Key points: Australian Test captain Pat Cummins says it was a “tight” call to take Travis Head over Usman Khawaja for the number five batting spot … Read more