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Ashes 2015: Mark Wood and Ben Stokes continue success

History will have to be hard-earned if England are to win four home Ashes Tests for the first time after Australia dug in effectively to reached 242-3 on the opening day of the Fifth Test.

Durham cricketers Mark Wood and Ben Stokes took one wicket each, as the tourists sought to put behind them the miserable performance with which they lost the urn at Trent Bridge.

Mark Wood (L) and Ben Stokes (R) celebrating their wickets. Credit: PA

Ashington born Wood took England's first wicket of the day - Chris Rogers for 43 run.

The opener, David Warner was eventually dismissed by Moeen Ali after earning 75 runs.

Skipper Michael Clarke, playing in his final Test, made 15 runs before Ben Stokes had him caught behind.

Steve Smith (78 not out) and Adam Voges (47 not out) will continue batting for Australia at the Kia Oval from 11am, August 21st.

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Praise for Durham's Ben Stokes in the Ashes

England may have lost the Ashes, but every cloud has a sliver lining and in their case it is the performance of Durham's Ben Stokes.

The 22-year-old hit his maiden test century against Australia at Waca. It was also England's first hundred of the series so far.

Stokes went on to score 120 before being dismissed by Nathan Lyon. England lost the match, and the series to Australia, but Stokes' performance went down well on both sides of the world.

Jon Lewis, the first team coach from Durham County Cricket Club say he's been exceptional.

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Praise for Stokes after maiden Ashes century

Durham cricketer Ben Stokes has been widely praised on twitter after reaching a maiden test century for England in the Third Ashes test at Waca, Australia.

The 22-year-old achieved a score of 120 before being caught out by Brad Haddin. England then went on to lose the test and the series after going 3-0 down.

However, Stokes has been widely praised for his efforts:

England's women lift the Ashes at Chester-le-Street

England's women beat Australia by seven wickets in their final international T20 match in Durham, to round off a victorious Ashes series.

England's women lift the Ashes trophy at the Durham Emirates International Cricket Ground Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The England side had already secured a series win before they travelled to the North East, so collected their Ashes trophy after the game at the Durham Emirates ICG.

The side said they hoped their success would raise the profile of their sport in the North East Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Players train in Durham ahead of Women's Ashes

The England team in the practice nets ahead of the Women's Ashes. Credit: ITV news

The England and Australia teams have arrived in Durham ahead of the Women's Ashes.

The home team regained the trophy after beating Australia by five wickets in their second Twenty20 match.

England are leading the series 10-4 ahead of the final Twenty20 game at Durham tomorrow. (Saturday)

Bowler Danielle Hazell, from Durham, warms up. Credit: ITV news

Women's Ashes results so far

The format of the women's Ashes series is different to the men's series, which was won in Durham this month.

It started badly for England in 2013, but the team revived and won the series with one match in hand in Southampton yesterday. The final Twenty20 will be played in Chester-le-Street tomorrow.

  • Test match: DRAW
  • 1st One Day International: AUS WON by 27 runs
  • 2nd One Day International: ENG WON by 51 runs
  • 3rd One Day International: *ENG WON *by 5 wickets
  • 1st T20: ENG WON by 15 runs
  • 2nd T20: ENG WON (to regain Ashes) by 5 wickets
  • 3rd T20: *31 Aug, Chester-le-Street *
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