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21hESPN Staff

#ESPNUKCities - The top five top 5s

Manchester may be the greatest sporting city in the UK, but the research conducted by ESPN and the universities of Gloucester and Bath threw up a number of fascinating results.

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3dDaniel Brettig

Small moments, big problems for Australia

Why was it that Australia put in such a hazy performance in a match that mattered so much? Of the two teams they are the more experienced, the more used to winning and entering this week the more confident.

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3dGeorge Dobell

Buoyant England face tricky decisions

England's selectors can reflect proudly on their decisions for the Edgbaston Test, but they will really earn their money in deciding who replaces James Anderson and what to do about an opener.

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Wood, Woakes, Footitt - who will replace Anderson?

With England's talisman James Anderson ruled out of the fourth Ashes Test with a side strain, George Dobell runs the rule over six men who could take his place at Trent Bridge.

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4dDaniel Brettig

Clarke: Captain needs to get off the plane

'They've got 11 and we've only got 10' - Australian skipper Michael Clarke speaks candidly about his form in this Ashes series.

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4dBrydon Coverdale

Finn puts England in touching distance of Ashes lead

Two years ago he was unselectable. Now that seems unbelievable. On a dramatic second day at Edgbaston, Steven Finn claimed five wickets and ran through Australia to all but secure an Ashes lead for England.

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5dAlan Tyers

12 key factors from the first innings

England edged ahead of Australia in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston. The Irreverent View runs down a few of the deciding moments.

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5dBrydon Coverdale at Edgbaston

Anderson stars as England bounce back

James Anderson led a magnificent display of swing and seam bowling as Australia crumbled on day one of the third Ashes Test.

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6dJarrod Kimber

Australia encounter the real England - Kimber

They came, they saw, they screamed. After two Tests at neutral venues, England's fans and conditions have finally come to the Ashes. And Australia were unprepared.

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6dDaniel Brettig

Australia's soft centre exposed

The failure of anyone other than Chris Rogers to cope with the conditions at Edgbaston was another worrying sign of Australian fallibility abroad.

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Nevill chosen over Haddin for third Test

Australia's wicketkeeper Brad Haddin may have played his last Test match after being told Australia will retain Peter Nevill as gloveman for the third Ashes Test in Birmingham.

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Starc taunts England over their uncertainty

Mitchell Starc has effectively dared England to prepare a seaming pitch for the Edgbaston Test, and declared changes to the hosts' batting order show Australia have the upper hand in the series.

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Edgbaston using cannabis lamps

Head groundsman Gary Barwell, who is preparing his first Ashes surface, is using lights normally used for the cultivation of cannabis in the hope of preparing the perfect pitch.

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Hales hits out at domestic schedule

With six games out of eight washed out and several teams progressing to the quarterfinals due to no results, one of the leading T20 players has had his say.

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12dDaniel Brettig

Johnson faster for Marsh inclusion

Mitchell Marsh's muscular medium fast bowling will lengthen Mitchell Johnson's reign of terror by shortening the length of his bowling spells. That is according to Australia's assistant coach Craig McDermott, who said Marsh's addition to the bowling attack was a critical ingredient in the tourists' resounding victory over England at Lord's.

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