Bryce McGain

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Chloe Saltau We visit rising star Ashton Agar at home in Bentleigh.

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36th year as a player and coach, Greg Shipperd still going strong

Jesse Hogan Greg Shipperd is in his 36th year as a player and coach and he's still going strong.

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Nathan Lyon: How he survived the spin-cycle test

Nathan Lyon

Daniel Lane Had the strip of worn grass the Lyon brothers used as their backyard pitch been pancake-flat rather than sloping, the chances are the man proclaimed Australia's new king of spin would be a tradesman...

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Live Ashes

Live: Day one, third Ashes Test

The Ashes 2013

Jesse Hogan Ball-by-ball scores and commentary on the opening day's play from Old Trafford.

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England are dreamin' if they thought Simon Kerrigan would trouble Shane Watson

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Chris Barrett The long pause and grin were the giveaways. Asked whether his eyes had lit up when he heard that left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan had been picked to make his England debut at the Oval, Shane Watson...

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Early peek at Ahmed helps rival

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Chloe Saltau One-time Test leg-spinner Bryce McGain believes the Australian selectors might have missed a trick by giving England an early look at a potential Ashes trump card, Fawad Ahmed, in the one-day series.

Lyon ready to face Test against the world's best

Daniel Lane NATHAN LYON says he won't be intimidated by South Africa's formidable batsmen when bowling to them on the pace-friendly Gabba for the first Test next month.

Lyon keen to sink his teeth into Proteas

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 02:  Nathan Lyon of the Redbacks bowls during day two of the Sheffield Shield match between the Queensland Bulls and the South Australian Redbacks at The Gabba on October 2, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images) not for download

Daniel Lane NATHAN LYON insists he won't be intimidated by South Africa's world-class batting line-up or bowling to them on the pace-friendly Gabba for the first Test next month.

Chloe Saltau

Watson's bowling a big loss

Chloe Saltau

Chloe Saltau Shane Watson's unreliable body means Australia has faced this state of emergency before.

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Watson's injury will wreak the most damage to bowling arsenal

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Chloe Saltau The only good thing about Shane Watson's unreliable body is that Australia has faced this particular state of emergency before.

Lyon set for Proteas batting onslaught

Nathan Lyon gives it a tweak in the nets at the Gabba.

Chris Barrett Nathan Lyon fully expects South Africa's cavalcade of top batsmen to attack him.

Tahir's figures among Test worst

Imran Tahir

South African bowler Imran Tahir finished Australia's first innings at Adelaide Oval with 0-180 from 23 overs - the ninth worst figures in Test history.

Jeff's what the doctor ordered on a docile pitch, but name behind Lyon's new doosra remains an enigma

The Tonk

Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu MYSTERY surrounds the origins of the name behind Nathan Lyon's new alternative, back-spinning delivery.

Bird's call-up has father on the wing

Andrew Wu JACKSON BIRD'S shock Test debut forced his father Ian to change his Christmas and New Year plans. Ian had been planning to fly from Romania to watch Bird wear the green of the Melbourne Stars in...

Siddle out of Victoria reckoning

Peter Siddle.

Chloe Saltau Paceman prohibited from playing competitive cricket before Test squad leaves for India.

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Little brother McDonald waits for cricket's spotlight

Brenton McDonald.

Jesse Hogan The story earlier this month of Brett Goodes stepping out of elder brother Adam's long shadow to excel on his AFL debut for the Western Bulldogs resonated with Brenton McDonald, for obvious reasons.

Crusade to restore holy Test

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Greg Baum The Outright Foundation is trying to promote Test cricket, the form of the game without short cuts.

Overlooked Beau battles for attention

Daniel Brettig Beau Casson is a victim of the desperate spin cycle that has wrong-footed national selectors as much as the players themselves, chairman Andrew Hilditch says.

Ponting backs Hauritz to shine

Daniel Brettig Australian captain Ricky Ponting says it's likely that Nathan Hauritz will play in Friday's second cricket Test against New Zealand at Adelaide Oval.

Cameron White urged to bowl himself more

Adam Cooper & Adrian Warren Victorian captain Cameron White has been urged to bowl himself more if he wants to secure a place in the Australian Test side as a leg spinning allrounder.