In-form Australia too good for England, says Steve Smith
In-form Australia too good for England, says Steve Smith

Australia have a huge hunger for an Ashes triumph in England, according to all rounder Shane Watson, while batsman Steve Smith believes this year`s series will not even be close if the tourists play to their potential.

Josh Hazlewood withdraws from Indian Premier League
Josh Hazlewood withdraws from Indian Premier League

Australia's World Cup winning pace bowler Josh Hazlewood has opted out of the 2015 edition of the Indian Premier League. According to reports, the 24-year-old has taken the decision to leave the cash-rich league to give himself enough chance to play in the summer's Ashes series and Frank Worrell Trophy in the winter.

Ryan Harris withdrawn from Sheffield Shield for Ashes focus
Ryan Harris withdrawn from Sheffield Shield for Ashes focus

 Ryan Harris will sit out the remainder of the Sheffield Shield season to allow the fast bowling spearhead to be at his peak for this winter's Ashes series as Australia seeks to win an away series for the first time since 2001.

Three days' tickets sold out, six months prior to Edgbaston Ashes Test
Three days' tickets sold out, six months prior to Edgbaston Ashes Test

Australians are busy with a Test series at home with India, but their Ashes rivals have already started selling tickets for the upcoming tour in England. According to England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), tickets for three days of the scheduled third Ashes match at Edgbaston in July have already been sold out.

Alastair Cook says Kevin Pietersen's book has 'tarnished' English cricket
Alastair Cook says Kevin Pietersen's book has 'tarnished' English cricket

Denying Kevin Pietersen's claims that a bullying culture had flourished in the England dressing room in recent years, captain Alastair Cook says the maverick cricketer's controversial autobiography has "tarnished" one of the most successful eras for the national team.

Andrew Flintoff heroics can`t stop Bears winning T20 title

Andrew Flintoff returned to the Lancashire side five years to the day since he last played Test cricket but his efforts weren`t quite enough to stop Warwickshire winning English county cricket`s Twenty20 Blast final.

Harris, Pattinson in doubt for Pakistan series

Australian pace spearhead Ryan Harris is unlikely to make the trip to the United Arab Emirates in October for the Test series against Pakistan, bowling coach Craig McDermott said Tuesday.

Australia's Harris and Rogers, India's Dhawan honoured by Wisden

Australia paceman Ryan Harris and opening batsman Chris Rogers have been rewarded for their performances in the two recent Ashes series by being included as two of Wisden`s Five Cricketers of the Year.

Barking Aussies panned for boorish behaviour

Australians have acclaimed their cricket team`s epic series win over South Africa, but not the manner in which they achieved it.

Clarke anticipating familiar conditions at Centurion for first Test against Proteas

Australian Test captain Michael Clarke is reportedly anticipating familiar conditions at the Centurion Park on Wednesday where the first Test with South Africa will be held.

Aussie selectors mulling over changes

Unchanged throughout their clinical 5-0 Ashes sweep of England, Australia will have two new faces in their XI on Wednesday when the three-Test series against South Africa starts at the Super Sports Park, Centurion.

India may implement DRS sooner than later

India may be ready to accept more responsibility for improving the decision review system (DRS) as part of their new leadership role in the International Cricket Council (ICC).

`Awful` bowling forced `powerless` Swann to quit Test cricket during Ashes

Former England spinner Graeme Swann, who retired during the Ashes series in Australia, said he chose to walk away during because his bowling was awful and he felt powerless during matches.

Team India maintains number two spot in Test rankings

India continued to hold its number two spot behind South Africa in the latest ICC Test rankings issued here Monday.

Panesar vows to use stint in Sydney grade cricket to prolong international career

England`s left arm spinner Monty Panesar is using his stint in Sydney grade cricket to showcase his credentials and prolong his international career, as he doesn`t wants last year`s Boxing Day Test be his final Test match.

Pietersen lacks maturity to become great cricketer: Tufnell

England batsman Kevin Pietersen, who is under fire for sloppy dismissals duirng the Ashes series, can never be a great cricketer because of his poor short selection, according to former spinner Phil Tufnell.

Alec Stewart calls on England to `get off canvas` and fight despite `shambolic` Ashes loss

Former England wicketkeeper-batsman Alec Stewart has urged the Ashes tourists to `get off the canvas` and come out fighting despite their shambolic performance in the Ashes, which saw them lose the series 5-0.

`Ashes hero` Johnson sports `pink` moustache in aid of charity

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has reportedly revealed a new-look pink moustache in aid of charity.

Speculation rises over Pietersen`s future following `cheap dismissal` in Sydney Test

Speculation has reportedly emerged over another high-profile exit after the Ashes finale in Sydney as England batsman Kevin Pietersen was tumbled out cheaply again in the midst of a dismal England batting display on day two at the SCG.

Gooch says careers of England players, team officials `on line` after 5-0 Ashes thrashing

Former England captain and current batting coach Graham Gooch said that every England player and member of the coaching staff have their jobs on the line following their 5-0 thrashing in the Ashes.