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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


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."

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.


Rogers retires due to 'sudden dizzy spell'

Chris Rogers had to retire unwell. Credit: PA

Chris Rogers had to retire unwell on the fourth morning of the second Ashes Test at Lord's after experiencing a "sudden dizzy spell".

Rogers was hit on the helmet by the first ball of the second day, a delivery from James Anderson, having made 158 at that point of his first-innings 173.

The opener also had to miss both matches in Australia's recent series in the West Indies after suffering concussion in net practice.

But there was no suggestion from the Australia camp of any connection between those incidents and the reason for Rogers retiring not out on 49 this time.

He appeared to suffer some disorientation in the middle after the second over of the morning as he and David Warner were extending Australia's huge lead, having resumed on 108 for none in their second innings.

After sitting down for a few moments, he decided to go off - one run short of what would have been a ninth half-century in his last 10 Test innings.

A team spokesman later said: "He felt fine (before batting) this morning, but then felt a sudden dizzy spell."

Rogers did not go to hospital but, after consulting Australia's team physio, instead rested at the ground.

England head into lunch 181 for five

Cook led his side's rearguard. Credit: PA

England captain Alastair Cook led his side's rearguard on day three of the second Investec Ashes Test, as Australia managed a single wicket in the morning session.

Cook shared a 145-run fifth-wicket stand with Ben Stokes, who struck a lively 87, as England reached lunch at 181 for five.

Cook was more reserved but batted out the session on his way to 56 in 167 balls, as well as surviving a nasty Mitchell Johnson blow on the elbow in the closing minutes.

The match position still favoured the tourists, who were ahead by 385 runs and still looking at a possible follow-on.

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