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Alastair Cook continued his good form to end the first day unbeaten on 80

England news

England's record-breaking run machine

Alastair Cook is set to become the first England player to rack up 150 Tests. ESPNcricinfo looks back at some of the key moments on his way to the landmark

Michael Clarke and James Anderson exchange words

The Ashes 2017-18

Say what you think: XI Ashes sledges

The Ashes has always got people talking and the players are no exception - the rivalry once memorably been described as "a contest between bat, ball and mouth".

The reluctant traveller: Steve Harmison receives his Test cap from Nasser Hussain at Trent Bridge in 2002

Speed Demons

Harmy's monsters

A new autobiography tells of the self-doubt and fears that beset the man probably best known for his wayward Ashes-opening delivery 11 years ago

Jake Lehmann steers the ball to the off side

The Ashes 2017-18

Lehmanns can make it work - Alec Stewart

The former England wicketkeeper says even though Darren Lehmann may have to recuse himself from selection conversations around his son, Jake, the pair can establish a strong father-son, coach-player dynamic

Chris Woakes will be embarking on his first Ashes tour

The Ashes 2017-18

Woakes questions Australia's pace depth

Chris Woakes has highlighted the injury records of Australia's three frontline quicks, as well as the lack of certainty over who will keep wicket ahead of the Ashes

Chris Gayle smashes down the ground

England v West Indies, 4th ODI, The Oval

West Indies' chance to exploit rocked England

The fourth ODI is unlikely to be the major talking point at The Oval, but West Indies must win to give themselves something to play for at the end of the tour