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England call up Bairstow for third Ashes Test

Jonny Bairstow. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Jonny Bairstow has returned to the England squad for the third Ashes Test against Australia, in place of Gary Ballance.

Bairstow last played Test cricket in the final match of England's 2013/14 Ashes whitewash defeat in Sydney, and is rewarded for his superb form for Yorkshire this season.

His county team-mate Ballance, by contrast, has paid the price in an otherwise unchanged 13-man squad after his run of poor scores continued at number three as Australia levelled the series with a 405-run thrashing of their hosts at Lord's.

Australia level Ashes series with win at Lord's

The Ashes series is all square. Credit: PA

Australia have levelled the Ashes series at 1-1 after beating England by 405 runs in the second Test at Lord's.

England descended to an embarrassing defeat inside four days as Mitchell Johnson hastened their collapse.

The hosts, set a notional 509 to win after Australia declared on 254 for two shortly before lunch in this second Investec Test, were all out for a hapless 103 in 37 overs by late afternoon.

England's costly habit of losing their top order cheaply was revisited, and then Johnson's double-wicket maiden immediately after tea cast aside any remaining doubts.

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England v Australia teams for second Ashes test

Teams for the second Investec Test between England and Australia, starting at Lord's on Thursday at 11am:

England (possible): AN Cook (Captain), A Lyth, GS Ballance, IR Bell, JE Root, BA Stokes, JC Buttler (wkt), MM Ali, SCJ Broad, MA Wood, JM Anderson

Australia (possible): MJ Clarke (Captain), CJL Rogers, DA Warner, SPD Smith, AC Voges, MR Marsh, PM Nevill (wkt), MG Johnson, MA Starc, JR Hazlewood, NM Lyon

Umpires: K Dharmasena (SL) and M Erasmus (SA)

Third umpire: C Gaffaney (NZ)

Match referee: R Madugalle (SL)

Starc set to make second test despite ankle injury

Starc (right) is set to be fit for the second test. Credit: PA

Australia paceman Mitchell Starc is set to be fit for the second Ashes Test at Lord's this Thursday, according to potential replacement Peter Siddle.

The left-armer, who took seven wickets in the first Test in Cardiff, has been battling an ankle injury but was able to take a full part in training on Tuesday.

"Starcy got through well today, bowled out in the middle off the long run, both ends, he's feeling good," said Siddle.

"I guess it's just a waiting game at the moment for myself. Everyone's fit at the moment which is nice."

Ashes: Australia finish day two on 264-5

Mark Wood and Adam Lyth celebrate the wicket of Australia's Chris Rogers. Credit: PA

Australia finished day two of the first Ashes test on 264-5, leaving them 166 runs behind England's first innings total.

The hosts were bowled out earlier in the day for 430, with Moeen Ali reaching 77 to help England add 87 to their overnight score.

In reply, Chris Rogers came agonisingly close to a century before being caught by Jos Buttler on 95.

Adam Voges fell late in the day for 31 to leave England marginally on top heading into the third day in Cardiff.

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ECB: England needs to 'rebuild' after Ashes 'whitewash'

The England and Wales Cricket Board says the team needs to "rebuild" after its 5-0 Ashes loss to Australia, and create a "culture" in which it can be confident Alastair Cook will be fully supported.

The ECB recognises the significant contribution Kevin has made to England teams over the last decade. He has played some of the finest innings ever produced by an England batsman.

However, the England team needs to rebuild after the whitewash in Australia. To do that we must invest in our captain Alastair Cook and we must support him in creating a culture in which we can be confident he will have the full support of all players, with everyone pulling in the same direction and able to trust each other. It is for those reasons that we have decided to move on without Kevin Pietersen.

– England and Wales Cricket Board and Professional Cricketers' Association joint statement

England retain Women's Ashes after nine wicket win

England have retained the Women's Ashes after a nine-wicket win over Australia.

Captain Charlotte Edwards holding the Ashes trophy after England's win last year. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Captain Charlotte Edwards hit 92 not out in the first Twenty20 match of the Ashes tour to give England an unassailable lead in the series.

The victory meant England won the multi-format series 10-4 with two Twenty20 games to spare and will lift the trophy for the second time inside six months.

England's success in Australia starkly contrasts the performance of the men's team who were whitewashed 5-0.

England's cricketers finally claim win in Australia

Ben Stokes hit 70 with the bat before taking four wickets to be crowned man of the match as Australia's cricketers finally tasted defeat. Credit: Ross Swanborough/AAP/Press Association

England's much-maligned cricketers finally have reason for small cheer after the one day international (ODI) team recorded a rare victory to avoid another embarrassing whitewash on their tour of Australia.

Alastair Cook's side went into the game in Perth 3-0 down to Australia in the already surrendered five-game ODI series, which followed the 5-0 Ashes humbling of the Test team.

But the tourists finally outplayed their hosts, hitting 316-8 before bowling Australia out for 259 to claim a 57-run win.

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