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George Bailey blast builds case for Ashes berth
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George Bailey blast builds case for Ashes berth

Bailey is competing against Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja and Phil Hughes for a spot in the first Test vs England, starting in Brisbane on November 21.

Ashes 2013: Out-of-form David Warner to join Australia A in Zimbabwe
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Ashes 2013: Out-of-form David Warner to join Australia A in Zimbabwe

Cricket Australia has released the left-handed opening batsman from the Ashes squad to join Australia A to play Zimbabwe XI and South Africa A.

Family, friends back Fawad Ahmed to bamboozle England at Ashes
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Family, friends back Fawad Ahmed to bamboozle England at Ashes

The former refugee played for Australia A last month in England and selector John Inverarity has indicated he will be considered for the Ashes squad.

Fawad Ahmeds Australian citizenship bid accepted; is eligible for Ashes
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Fawad Ahmed's Australian citizenship bid accepted; is eligible for Ashes

Ahmed returned home from England in June after the government moved a bill through the upper house of parliament to amend the Citizenship Act to help fast-track his application.

Australian skipper Michael Clarke quits as national team selector: report
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Australian skipper Michael Clarke quits as national team selector: report

Australia's Ashes campaign lurched into further crisis earlier on Monday when coach Mickey Arthur was sacked with Darren Lehmann expected to be announced as his replacement.

Inverarity warns against writing off Australia in The Ashes
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Inverarity warns against writing off Australia in The Ashes

Meanwhile captain Michael Clarke, now Australia's best batsman, hasn't played a competitive match since March due to a recurrence of a back injury he suffered in India and was absent again as the team's Champions Trophy exit was confirmed by Monday's 20-run loss to Sri Lanka at The Oval.

Fawad Ahmed gets Australia A call, inches closer to Ashes dream
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Fawad Ahmed gets Australia A call, inches closer to Ashes dream

Currently, according to the International Cricket Council's Player Eligibility Criteria, Ahmed will only become eligible for national selection on August 18. But CA said should the bill become law, and Ahmed obtains citizenship and an Australian passport before that date, he will immediately be available for the national side.

Ashes 2013: Brad Haddin recalled as Australia opt for experience
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Ashes 2013: Brad Haddin recalled as Australia opt for experience

Chris Rogers returns, five years after his only Test against India while James Faulkner too makes the cut. Brad Haddin in the wicket-keeper and the vice-captain but Matthew Wade could play as a specialist batsman.

Shane Watson relinquishes Australian vice-captaincy
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Shane Watson relinquishes Australian vice-captaincy

Commenting on the decision, Watson said, "Making the decision to step down wasn't easy but it's something I've been thinking about since the Test series against India ended."

Chief selector Inverarity admits Australian batting stocks at a worrying low
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Chief selector Inverarity admits Australian batting stocks at a worrying low

We are very much in a transition stage in Australian cricket and are looking to some young players to come through, says selection committee boss.

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