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Wednesday 6th December 2017

Ashes: Australia beat England by 120 runs to take 2-0 lead in series

England's fightback in the second Test ultimately came to nothing as Australia powered to a 120-run win in Adelaide and a 2-0 Ashes lead.

Beginning the final day on 176-4 in pursuit of 354, the tourists lost nightwatchman Chris Woakes to the second ball and Joe Root for 67 in the third over, both to Josh Hazlewood.

If Root's departure all but confirmed England's fate, Moeen Ali fell six overs later to make the rest little more than a formality.

Jonny Bairstow gamely resisted for 36, but Mitchell Starc ruthlessly wrapped it up with the second new ball to finish with 5-88.

England lost six wickets in the first session and were bowled out for 233.

The hosts will regain the Ashes if they win the third Test in Perth, which begins on 14 December.

England have not won at the Waca since 1978 and must reverse an awful run in Australia - they have now lost seven consecutive Tests down under - to have any chance of retaining the urn.

Root's men only need a draw to keep the Ashes, but England have never come from 2-0 down to draw or win a series against Australia.


England to host Australia in ODI series in 2018, plus Tests v Pakistan & India

England will host Australia in six limited-overs matches in 2018, in between Test series against Pakistan and India.

England and Australia will play five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 in June - four months after the sides meet in Australia following the Ashes.

Joe Root's side play two Tests against Pakistan starting on 24 May before facing Scotland in an ODI in Edinburgh.

They also play three T20s, three ODIs and five Tests against India.

The Tests, which start on 1 August, will be held at Edgbaston, Lord's, Trent Bridge, Southampton and The Oval.

England lost a five-Test series 4-0 in India last winter, after which Alastair Cook resigned as captain and ODI skipper Root took over in the longer format of the game.

When India last toured in 2014, England won the Test series 3-1, while Pakistan drew a four-Test series 2-2 in 2016.

Lord's and Headingley will host the Tests against Pakistan next summer.

The final of county cricket's One-Day Cup will be held at Lord's on 30 June, while Edgbaston will again stage T20 Finals Day on 15 September.


Headingley's cricket and rugby stadium development plans revealed

New proposals for the redevelopment of the Headingley Stadium have been revealed.

The Leeds site is home to rugby league side Leeds Rhinos, rugby union side Yorkshire Carnegie and Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

Plans include a new South Stand on the rugby ground and a new joint stand overlooking both the rugby pitch and cricket ground.

A public consultation over the proposals is due to start in February.

The capacity of the cricket ground would increase under the plans with the aim of hosting matches in the 2019 Cricket World Cup and securing future Test matches.

Plans were revealed in 2014 for a £50m revamp of the cricket ground, which currently holds about 17,000 spectators.

The new combined stand proposes about 4,200 seats for cricket and 3,800 facing the rugby pitch.

The new South Stand for the rugby stadium has a planned capacity of 7,700 with 2,200 being seated.