Paine, Langer back Bancroft to bounce back
Australia coach Justin Langer and captain Tim Paine both say dumped opener Cameron Bancroft will quickly bounce back from his omission from the Test team.
Sri Lanka reached 2-85 at stumps on a rain-affected opening day of the second Test against New Zealand after opting to bat first in Colombo.
Rain continues to cause delays on day one of the third Ashes Test in Leeds, where Australia reached 1-12 after four overs before the covers came back on.
Steve Smith’s gradual return from a concussion has started with some laps of the oval in Leeds on the eve of the third Ashes Test.
Joe Root wants England to take advantage of Steve Smith’s concussion-enforced absence from the third Ashes Test, admitting it is a big opportunity.
Ollie Pope has been added to the England squad as potential cover for fellow batsman Jason Roy, who suffered a head knock, ahead of the third Ashes test.
England opener Jason Roy has been cleared to play the third Ashes Test after being struck on the head while batting during a net practice.
Australia captain Tim Paine says batting with a clip-on neck guard makes sense and every cricketer should embrace the added protection.
Australia captain Tim Paine says his entire top six will need to step up in the absence of Steve Smith, while David Warner will relish the added responsibility.
New Zealand need to replicate their last Test outcome against Sri Lanka at Colombo’s P Sara Stadium in 2012 to secure a drawn series.
Chris Rogers, who once missed a Test because of delayed concussion, says Australia are trailblazers in terms of concussion testing and protocols in cricket.
Australia hope Steve Smith, who will miss the third Ashes Test, will be fit to return from concussion in next week’s three-day match against Derbyshire.
In his quest for an Ashes return, veteran England seamer James Anderson has bowled nine overs for Lancashire in a second XI match.
Australia coach Justin Langer says his quicks want to retain the Ashes, rather than purely intimidate England, in response to Jofra Archer’s bouncer barrage.
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