Clarke pulls out of BBL deal with Melbourne Stars

Chris Barrett 9:43 PM   EXCLUSIVE Michael Clarke has pulled out of his contract with Big Bash League team Melbourne Stars, meaning he may well have played his final professional match in Australia.

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Smith laments Australia's poor finish

CARDIFF, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31:  The Australian team look dejected after their loss to England during the NatWest T20 International match between England and Australia at SWALEC Stadium on August 31, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Jesse Hogan 9:56 AM   Acting Twenty20 captain cites inability of middle-order batsmen to score boundaries immediately upon arriving at the crease as significant in loss to England.

Cummins in form as one-dayers set to begin

Pat Cummins made a strong return to the national side with consistent pace above 145 km/h.

Jesse Hogan 6:10 PM   Pat Cummins says his belated focus on a precise run-up, and ending his haphazard approach to the wicket, have helped him make what is an impressive start to the limited-overs series against England.

India clinch series despite Mathews' heroics

Members of the Indian team celebrate after defeating Sri Lanka in the third Test to clinch the series 2-1.

11:21 PM   Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews' batting heroics went in vain as India beat the home team by 117 runs in the final Test on Tuesday to win the three-match series 2-1.

Big-hitting Harris a highlight for Stars

Grace Harris clears the boundary against England.

Jesse Hogan 6:09 PM   Amid the Southern Stars' awful batting across the Twenty20 series to end the women's Ashes came the emergence of a player likely to be persisted with for years to come.

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Clarke pulls out of BBL deal with Melbourne Stars

Michael Clarke embraces his wife Kyly after his last Test on August 23.

Chris Barrett 9:43 PM   EXCLUSIVE Michael Clarke has pulled out of his contract with Big Bash League team Melbourne Stars, meaning the retired Test captain may well have played his final professional match in Australia.

England overcome Steve Smith's 90 to seal Twenty20 win over Australia

Swashbuckling ... Steve Smith hit 90 off 52 in a brilliant innings.

Jesse Hogan 6:58 AM   Steve Smith came within 10 runs of replicating his remarkable record of scoring a century in his first match as captain as Australia squandered a great opportunity to successfully chase a hefty total in the one-off Twenty20 international against England in Cardiff on Monday.

Live T20 scores: Australia v England

Steve Smith says he has no interest in being Australia's T20 captain.

Australia will look for a consolation victory in the limited overs games after losing the Ashes to England.

India need seven wickets to clinch Lanka series

India's captain Virat Kohli lunges forward at a delivery as Sri Lanka's wicket keeper Kusal Janith Perera watches.

India stand seven wickets away from a series-clinching victory after setting Sri Lanka a formidable 386-run target.

England easily beat Stars in women's Ashes finale

The Southern Stars  celebrate with the Ashes trophy after the third T20 ended in Cardiff on Monday.

Jesse Hogan   For the second time this month the winner of an Ashes series has come a cropper at the end.

Floros remains at Heat to learn from Vettori

Jason Floros, right, says he is hoping to play the second spinner role and get more opportunity with the bat.

Lee Gaskin   Canberra all-rounder Jason Floros says having the opportunity to learn from champion New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori was a major factor in re-signing with the Brisbane Heat.

Southern Stars relishing tighter links with their male counterparts

Australian Twenty20 captains Meg Lanning and Aaron Finch, who is injured.

Jesse Hogan   As Australia's elite men's and women's teams prepare to play on the same day in a double-header, in Cardiff against England, Southern Stars veteran Alex Blackwell says the links between them are growing closer, which is reflected by new men's captain Steve Smith lauding them for winning the women's Ashes.

Shane Watson savours Australia return after most of Ashes on sidelines

Watto shotto: Shane Watson takes the aerial route against Ireland last week.

Jesse Hogan   Returning Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has expressed his delight at earning selection for the one-day series against England after being overlooked for most of the Ashes.

Stoinis to make T20 debut for Australia in Cardiff

Victorian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis will make his international debut on Monday.

Jesse Hogan   Victorian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis will make his international debut on Monday when Australia begin their limited-overs series against England, in the teams' one-off Twenty20 in Cardiff.

Behrendorff roaring back after injury spell

Perth Scorchers fast bowler Jason Behrendorff is recovering from a stress fracture in his back.

Lee Gaskin   Canberra fast bowler Jason Behrendorff has his sights set on breaking into the Australian team with an arsenal of extra pace and a refined technique.

Ashes-winning Stars want to solve batting stumbles as series ends

Eye on the ball: Jess Cameron plays a shot in the 2nd Twenty20 in Hove

Jesse Hogan   With the women's Ashes won, Southern Stars coach Matthew Mott has turned his attention to fixing the team's stuttering scoring in Monday's series-ending match in Cardiff.

Cardiff clash will start Australia's World T20 preparation

Steve Smith says he has no interest in being Australia's T20 captain.

Jesse Hogan   Australia's biennial focus on fashioning an effective Twenty20 line-up to break their poor record at the World Twenty20 tournaments starts on Monday in Cardiff.

Lanning hails bowlers for defending meagre score in Ashes-sealing win

Megan Schutt of Australia celebrates with Alyssa Healy of Australia after dismissing Katherine Brunt of England.

Jesse Hogan   Triumphant Southern Stars captain Meg Lanning has hailed her bowlers for keeping England to their record-low Twenty20 score of 87 to officially snare the women's Ashes.

Great bowling under pressure delivers Southern Stars another triumph

Rebecca Grundy of England is congratulated after she dismissed Alex Blackwell of Australia.

Jesse Hogan   When Alex Blackwell was recently reflecting on becoming the first Southern Stars player to reach 200 matches one of her fondest memories was successfully defending 8-106 in the 2010 World Twenty20 final, against New Zealand.

Ashes win another endorsement of Lanning's elevation

Plenty to shout about: Southern Stars captain Meg Lanning.

Jesse Hogan   The Southern Stars' triumph in the women's Ashes series was another endorsement for Cricket Australia expediting Meg Lanning's rise to the captaincy.

Ashes-winning bowler Farrell pleads for interview with Karl Stefanovic

HOVE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28:  Rene Farrell of Australia celebrates after getting the wicket of Lydia Greenway of England to win the Ashes during the 2nd NatWest T20 of the Women's Ashes Series between England and Australia Women at BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground on August 28, 2015 in Hove, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Jesse Hogan   Rene Farrell just helped her team win the Ashes. Now, she's eyeing another life goal: to be interviewed by Australian TV breakfast-show host Karl Stefanovic.

Magnificent bowling sees Southern Stars snare the women's Ashes

Southern Stars celebrate their win over England.

Jesse Hogan   The Southern Stars scored only 7-107 in the second Twenty20, but their bowlers were able to defend the low total.

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When it comes to cricket, luck really is a fortune

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Malcolm Knox   The biggest taboo subject in sports is luck. For players, to admit that luck dictates results is to surrender control of their destiny.

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Haddin weighs up playing future

Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin is yet to decide whether he will continue his Test career.

Lee Gaskin   Brad Haddin says he will take a couple of weeks to decide his playing future.

India players in demand for WBBL

Cricket ACT is disappointed at Cricket Australia's decision to overlook a Canberra-based team for the national one-day competition.

Jesse Hogan   Cricket Australia is hopeful the inaugural season of the women's Big Bash League will feature something conspicuously missing from the men's competition - players from India.

Nagging injury not sapping enthusiasm of late-bloomer Beams

Kristen Beams is a reluctant tweaker, having adopted the notoriously difficult craft when her stunted growth thwarted her ambition to be a dangerous seamer.

Jesse Hogan   Launceston is rightfully proud of punching above its weight when it comes to cricketers.

NSW Coroner to hold inquest into death of Phillip Hughes

Tragedy: Phillip Hughes died after being struck by a cricket ball on the back of his head.

Chris Barrett   The circumstances surrounding the former Australian batsman's passing after being hit by a bouncer at the SCG are to be examined.

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Southern Stars eager to guarantee Ashes victory

The Southern Stars hope to wrap up the Ashes in the second Twenty20 match.

Jesse Hogan   Southern Stars veteran Alex Blackwell is not daunted by England's strong start to the Twenty20 component of the women's Ashes.

Smith unfazed by tense ODI win

Mixed day: Steve Smith watches the ball off the bat.

‚ÄčAustralia have avoided the embarrassment of a loss to world No.10 Ireland in Steve Smith's full captaincy debut following a tense, rain-affected one-day clash in Belfast.

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Southern Stars hoping Perry promotion to opener helps solve T20 quirk

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03:  Meg Lanning and Elyse Perry of Australia Ladies Cricket pose in London on August 3, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images) sport pics supplied by Cricket Australia of Southern Stars captain Meg Lanning and allrounder Ellyse Perry

Jesse Hogan   As the Southern Stars seek to make amends for squandering their first chance to seal the women's Ashes, by taking their second chance against England on Friday night, they are also trying to solve the quirk in Ellyse Perry's dazzling recent batting record.

Starc wants to play in one-dayers, says Smith

No rest: Mitchell Starc wants to plough through the one-day series

Mitchell Starc's upcoming workload is expected to be monitored by Cricket Australia, but newly-installed skipper Steve Smith admits he'll struggle to force the paceman to have a well-earned rest.

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Friends and foes

From Shane Warne to Simon Katich - the relationships retiring skipper Michael Clarke has had in Australian cricket.

England, we need to take a break

Greg Baum: There's no easy way to say this, but it's time we took a break.

Contenders: Next Australian Test batsmen

When it comes to candidates there may be no-one smashing the door down, but many who warrant consideration.

Baum's interview with Arthur Morris in 2011

Morris's provenance was classically Australian. He was born in Bondi, but grew up in rural Dungog, later famous as Doug Walters' hometown.

Michael Vaughn: A golden generation

This is an England team of huge promise who have achieved success far quicker than I ever expected.

The best sledges in Ashes history

Clarke to Anderson: 'Get ready for a broken f....... arm'

The greatest Ashes series ever?

Jesse Hogan revisits the memorable 2005 Ashes series.

Ashes flashback: England 2013

The 2013 series in England proved a turning point for Australia.

Ashes flashback: England 2009

A stark reminder for the Aussies that their glory days were over.

Richie Benaud - His life in pictures

Cricket legend Richie Benaud has passed away aged 84.

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