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Bayliss wants an aggressive England for Ashes

New England head coach Trevor Bayliss wants to bring an extra edge to his side ahead of the Ashes.

Bayliss believes England need to be more aggressive if they are to get the better of their rivals from the Southern Hemisphere.

Trevor Bayliss wants to take on Australia head on. Credit: PA

"To be successful against Australia it's certainly not going to be by taking a backward step or allowing the Australians just to dictate terms," he said.

"You've got to get out and fight fire with fire, be positive and aggressive and individuals have to play their own natural game.

"They have been selected to play their way and that is what's going to be successful for them."

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Australia bowler Harris doubt for First Test

Ryan Harris could be missing in Cardiff. Credit: PA

Pace bowler Ryan Harris was a late withdrawal from the Australia side to face Essex in Chelmsford with a knee problem, which could put him out of contention for the opening Ashes Test in Cardiff next month.

The 35-year-old from New South Wales struggled with knee soreness following the first tour match in Kent last week, and was replaced in the XI at the Essex County Ground by Peter Siddle.

Kumar Sangakkara to retire from Test cricket in August

Kumar Sangakkara will retire from Test cricket following the second Test of the series against India in August.

Sangakkara is Sri Lanka's highest run-scorer of all-time. Credit: PA

Sangakkara, who has already retired from one-day and Twenty20 internationals, is Sri Lanka's highest run-scorer and the fifth-highest Test scorer of all time.

Cricket Sri Lanka released the news following the end of play on the third day of the second Test against Pakistan.

"@KumarSanga2 announced that he will retire from all forms of international cricket after the 2nd test of the upcoming India Series," read a Tweet from the governing body.

Abbas named new ICC president

Abbas playing for Pakistan in 1982. Credit: PA

Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas has been appointed as president of the International Cricket Council.

The 67-year-old succeeds Bangladesh's Mustafa Kamal in the ceremonial post, which passes between cricket's national governing bodies on annual rotation.

A stylish and prolific batsman for both Pakistan and Gloucestershire throughout the 1970s and the first half of the 1980s, Zaheer scored over 5,000 runs in 78 Tests, 2,500 in 62 one-day internationals and over 34,000 in a professional career that brought him 108 centuries - making him the only Asian batsman to make a century of first-class centuries.

He said in a statement released by the ICC: "I feel truly honoured and humbled to be appointed as the president of the governing body of our great game.

"This is the sport which has given us friendship, respect, recognition and an opportunity to serve our countries in different capacities. Personally speaking, it has given me more than I can ever possibly repay."

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Anderson wants to ditch sledging during Ashes series

Anderson wants a more gentleman-like approach in the Ashes. Credit: PA

James Anderson has called for England and Australia to ditch the sledging and bring the spirit of cricket to the Ashes.

Tensions are always high when the old rivals battle for the urn, with plenty of verbals flying from both sides.

Australia captain Michael Clarke memorably warned Anderson to "get ready for a broken f***ing arm" while batting during the 2013-14 Brisbane Test and the Lancastrian is renowned as a fiery competitor himself.

The recent series against New Zealand was played in even-tempered way and Anderson hopes that spirit can continue into the summer.

"I hope it's played in the same nature as the New Zealand series, that was a really positive series and the nature of both sides' cricket was helped by the spirit the game was played in," Anderson told Sky Sports News.

"(But) there's a different relationship between the two teams, the Ashes is a huge series for both sets of players.

"If there is needle, it's something I thought I thrived on or needed in the past but having played in the last few months, I think it's important we get the balance right of playing in the right spirit, but also having that competitive edge to win a game of cricket for your country."

Morgan: There's not a buzz in English cricket

England saw off New Zealand. Credit: PA

One-day captain Eoin Morgan has hailed the atmosphere within English cricket following their series with New Zealand. England won their T20 clash against the Kiwis on Tuesday night at Old Trafford to add to their one-day series win over the tourists.

The cricket has been fantastic and I certainly think that will contribute to the support and atmosphere that will be created at the start of the Tests.

The support throughout the one-day series and the T20 from the public has been brilliant from the start.

We were a bit hesitant to see what sort of support we would get but we've certainly played some entertaining cricket and the public have reacted really well to that.

This continuing vibe around English cricket has been great. There's a lot of confidence and it will hopefully have a lot of effect on what will hopefully be a successful Ashes series.

– Eoin Morgan
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