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Anderson gives England control at Edgbaston

Jimmy Anderson is having a great spell. Credit: Reuters

Jimmy Anderson removed Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh and Peter Nevill in quick succession to leave Australia on 86-6 on day one in Birmingham.

Nevill was Anderson's fourth wicket when the Lancastrian struck his off-stump after the Australian left the ball.


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Finn in line to replace Wood for Third Test

Steven Finn could get a Test recall. Credit: PA

England seamer Steven Finn could be set for a Test recall, with Mark Wood a doubt for Wednesday's third Ashes clash at Edgbaston.

Durham seamer Wood has played both matches against Australia but was hampered by an ankle complaint in the crushing defeat at Lord's and his hit-and-miss fitness record over the course of his career could count against him.

Finn is the spare paceman in the squad and will feature if Wood is rested.


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Root backs Bairstow to shine in Ashes

Joe Root, left, knows what Jonny Bairstow, right, can do. Credit: PA

Joe Root believes Jonny Bairstow can show his ability in the the Ashes after being called up to replace Gary Ballance.

Bairstow is the leading run-scorer in the County Championship, but has previously struggled to perform at international level, something Root thinks he can put right.

It's never easy to come into such a big series - but he's averaging a hundred, with five hundreds under his belt.

He'll be desperate to carry on the great form he's shown this season so far.

Jonny will be so excited and he couldn't be in better form...he'll be determined to emulate that on the highest stage.

– Joe Root
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Edgbaston ground staff using cannabis plant lamps

The Edgbaston ground staff are making good use of lamps initially intended to help grow cannabis plants, as they put finishing touches to the outfield for this week's third Ashes Test.

Staff at Edgbaston at doing everything they can to improve the surface. Credit: PA

Heavy rain in recent days has left time short to ensure the playing area is exactly as required when the series resumes at 1-1 on Wednesday.

Warwickshire have loaned the lamps from West Midlands Police on several occasions beforehand, most often during the winter months of little natural light.

A club spokesman said: "We have done this a few times - and after a month's worth of rain on Friday, we decided we could do with them again."

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