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19 June 2018 2:57 PM England triumphs despite flurry of flying insects

In Australia, we're used to seeing flocks of seagulls in the outfield at Tests, or play stop at Melbourne Park while a player gets rid of a cricket, but swarms of insects? That's what England and Tunisia's footballers had to put up with during their World Cup game. Players from both sides had no choice but to use repellent to keep the seasonal bugs - believed 6

19 June 2018 10:00 AM Wanted man: Sainsbury attracted big offers after half hour against France

The 26-year-old has attracted preliminary offers from two clubs in England and three on the European continent, one of which is bound to play in the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League, according to his agent Tony Rallis. One club that has been in discussions with Sainsbury and his representative for several weeks announced they would be interested in signing 7

17 June 2018 3:18 AM England pound makeshift Australian attack to take 2-0 series lead

Centurion Shaun Marsh has backed Australia’s inexperienced bowlers to bounce back after Saturday’s mauling by the England batsmen. Already missing Ashes-winning spearheads Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc in addition to James Pattinson, the tourists were also without young Queensland quick Billy Stanlake in the 39-run one-day loss in Cardiff 9

13 June 2018 10:18 AM Why France first up could be a blessing in disguise for Socceroos

Their other two victories came when they beat England 2-1 at the 2004 Euros, with both of France's goals coming in added time. Zinedine Zidane leveled in the 91st minute before scoring a penalty for the winner in the 93rd. France also beat Romania 2-1 at the 2016 Euros on home soil after Dimitri Payet scored an 89th-minute winner. France failed to score 13

11 June 2018 11:18 PM Belgium play down Hazard injury fears

The injury to Hazard overshadowed what was a positive evening for Belgium before heading off to Russia. Romelu Lukaku was the star of the show, highlighting what a threat he will be to England when they meet in what should be a Group G decider on June 28. The Manchester United man scored two and made one as Belgium came from behind to beat their Central 12

28 May 2018 12:11 PM Hazlewood pulled from tour of England

Australia will be without its frontline pace attack for the one-day series in England after Josh Hazlewood withdrew on Monday night. Just hours before the team's departure, Hazlewood was pulled from the squad because of a low-level back problem, although CA said it was not a stress fracture. Hazlewood, a 40-Test veteran, has been replaced by Queensland's 24

25 May 2018 5:51 AM Muscles memory: 50 years since Ken Rosewall kick-started the Open era

‘‘Sometimes I wake up in the morning and it feels like more than 50 years,’’ Rosewall reflected this week on his four-set victory over countryman, friend and rival Rod Laver at Roland Garros in 1968. ‘‘For 50 years from the beginning of Open tennis that brings back a lot of other memories. Tennis, probably unsurprisingly, was beset with politics in the 1960s about 16

18 May 2018 5:20 AM Wrong call: Leave cricket's toss of the coin alone

Darren Lehmann may no longer be coach of the Australian side but he could not have said it better when questioned whether the coin toss would be important heading into last year's tour of India. "We won four tosses last time we were here and lost 4-0. You've still got to play well if you win a toss," he said. While there is merit in examining whether 25

9 May 2018 10:37 AM Vics target SA teen leggie to succeed Fawad

Another veteran, all-rounder Daniel Christian, is also tipped to be moved on despite playing seven shield games this season. The departure of Christian, who has played for Australia in white-ball cricket, would open the door for greater opportunities for emerging all-rounders Matt Short and Will Sutherland. While Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb and Glenn 17

5 May 2018 9:00 PM New Zealand tipped for Boxing Day Test

Thirty-two years since they last played Australia in a Boxing Day Test, the Black Caps are set to return for one of cricket’s iconic fixtures at the MCG at the end of next year. Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket are tight-lipped but it is understood they have locked in the fixture as part of the new Test championship, which was ratified by the International 21