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England on brink of Ashes defeat as Steve Smith hits double century for dominant Australia

England on brink of Ashes defeat as Steve Smith hits double century for dominant Australia

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Steve Smith and Mitch Marsh's triple-century stand piled on the Perth misery to leave England on the brink of losing the Ashes.Joe Root's men mustered a solitary wicket on a grim third day at the WACA. Smith (229no) celebrated two centuries and fifth-wicket partner Marsh (181no) threatened to turn his maiden hundred into a double too on his home ground.There was next to nothing, armed with new ball or old, that England's bowlers could do to even slow the process as Australia powered to 549 for four and an already ominous lead of 146.An unfamiliar forecast in these parts promises disruption from rain over the final two days, but England will still have to excel themselves to avoid going 3-0 down in the series and losing the urn before Christmas.Smith ensured one-way traffic almost throughou...
Ashes: Joe Root refuses to write off England’s hopes despite Australia taking 2-0 series lead in Adelaide

Ashes: Joe Root refuses to write off England’s hopes despite Australia taking 2-0 series lead in Adelaide

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Joe Root insists England are still "massively" in the Ashes series despite falling 2-0 behind with a 120-run defeat in the second Test.England arrived on the final day at the Adelaide Oval with an outside chance of sustaining their revival in the inaugural pink-ball Ashes encounter.But after conceding a 215-run first-innings deficit, even James Anderson's maiden five-wicket haul in Australia and then a battling half-century from the England captain himself could not truly turn back the tide.DAY FIVE REPORT: England hope quickly extinguished as Australia storm into 2-0 series leadRoot was unbeaten at stumps on the penultimate night, with 178 still needed and six wickets intact to pull off a national-record run chase of 354 to level the series.Instead, he followed nightwatchman Chris Wo...
Ashes: Australia opt not to enforce follow-up after dismissing England for 227

Ashes: Australia opt not to enforce follow-up after dismissing England for 227

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Nathan Lyon pulled off a spectacular diving catch to get out Moeen AliMonday, December 4, 2017Debutant Craig Overton was left stranded nine runs short of a half-century in his maiden Test innings as England were bowled out for 227 on day three at the Adelaide Oval.Nathan Lyon finished with four for 60 and Mitchell Starc three for 49 as England fell short of the follow-on mark, in reply to 442 for eight declared, but were spared the task of having to begin their second innings under lights when Australia instead chose to bat again.England had subsided in desultory fashion from the moment James Vince fell caught behind to Josh Hazlewood in the first full over of the day in this second Ashes Test.But from 142 for seven, numbers eight and nine Chris Woakes and Overton showed others how it shou...
Australia is the new frontier for battery minerals

Australia is the new frontier for battery minerals

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FORGET the “resource curse”. Australia is blessed with the stuff. For more than a quarter of a century it has not had a recession, thanks largely to Chinese demand for its raw materials. It is only a few years since the end of one such China-led boom, in base metals such as iron ore. A new speculative flurry has started in minerals such as lithium, cobalt and nickel to feed another China-related craze—making batteries for electric vehicles (EVs).Ken Brinsden, an Australian mining engineer, says he pinches himself over these remarkable turns of fortune. Until 2015 he was a boss at Atlas Iron, which shipped low-grade iron ore to China. In 2011, at the height of the China-led supercycle, it had a valuation of A$ 3.5bn ($ 3.8bn). This has now shrunk to A$ 167m. But he now heads Pilbara Mineral
Ashes: England's James Vince makes 83 before Australia rally in first Test

Ashes: England's James Vince makes 83 before Australia rally in first Test

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First Ashes Test, Gabba, BrisbaneEngland 196-4: Vince 83, Stoneman 53Australia: Yet to batScorecardEngland's James Vince made 83 before Australia fought back on day one of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.Vince added 125 for the second wicket with Mark Stoneman either side of a 95-minute delay for rain at the Gabba.But Vince was run out by Nathan Lyon's superb direct hit, in between Pat Cummins bowling Stoneman for 53 and trapping captain Joe Root lbw for 15.England, the Ashes holders, closed on 196-4, with Dawid Malan 28 not out and Moeen Ali unbeaten on 13.Live Ashes reaction - text & Test Match Special commentaryThe tourists battled hard after winning the toss and losing Alastair Cook in the third over, perhaps determined not to be blown away in the manner that saw them defeated 5-0...