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2hBrydon 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.

21hAlan 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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1dBrydon 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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2dJarrod 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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2dDaniel 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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8dDaniel 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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Rogers still suffering from dizziness

Australia opener to undergo further tests and treatment in London after he was deemed unfit to travel to join the Ashes squad in Derby on Wednesday.

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10dESPN Staff

Ballance dropped as England recall Bairstow

Gary Ballance has been dropped for the third Investec Test against Australia with Jonny Bairstow earning a recall in his place. Ian Bell, who is also under pressure after a lean run, will move up to No.3 at Edgbaston with Joe Root batting at four followed by Bairstow.

10dESPN Staff

Pietersen: I'm wasted lying on a beach

Batsman hits out at England hierarchy again and claims he should be preparing for third Test against Miami - not sunning himself in Miami.

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11dDaniel Brettig

Haddin to press for Ashes recall

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin is expected to play in Australia's tour match against Derbyshire as he seeks to regain his place after missing the Lord's Test for family reasons.

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11dSimon Barnes

Barnes' best British sporting cities: London

Simon Barnes details why London represents the sporting ambitions of the entire nation as he identifies his personal top-five best British cities.

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