Stuart Broad of England reacts after dismissing Jackson Bird of Australia on day two of the Boxing Day test match between Australia and England at the MCG in Melbourne, Wednesday, December 27, 2017. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY, IMAGES TO BE USED FOR NEWS REPORTING PURPOSES ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL USE WHATSOEVER, NO USE IN BOOKS WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT FROM AAP
Stuart Broad of England reacts after dismissing Jackson Bird of Australia on day two of the Boxing Day test match between Australia and England at the MCG in Melbourne, Wednesday, December 27, 2017. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY, IMAGES TO BE USED FOR NEWS REPORTING PURPOSES ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL USE WHATSOEVER, NO USE IN BOOKS WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT FROM AAP

Tinder swipes right on Broad

ENGLAND quick Stuart Broad might not have had much luck on the field this summer but the rumours are he has caught a break off it.

The 31-year-old, who has taken just nine wickets this Ashes series, has reportedly been selected to join the exclusive Tinder Select, a VIP version of the dating app for celebrities and the most popular of users.

Broad's invitation to join the app has not gone down well with everyone, two of his touring teammates believed to have had their own applications denied.

Broad split with his lingerie model girlfriend Bealey Mitchell in May after a three-year relationship.

”Come on Broady, put the good word in for us”
”Come on Broady, put the good word in for us”

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HAVING an upset stomach is not good at the best of times, let alone in the middle of a Boxing Day Test.

That is the predicament Australian quick Pat Cummins found himself in yesterday, twice being forced from the field over the course of the afternoon.

 

The 24-year-old left the field for the first time two hours after the lunch break but returned soon after and continued bowling.

However, he still did not seem quite right; one Twitter user observing the 24-year-old looked like he was "auditioning for a part in The Walking Dead".

Cummins soon left the field again for an extended spell, replaced by substitute fielder Blake Thomson, before finishing the day back in the thick of it.

Cummins looked very crook for much of Day 2.
Cummins looked very crook for much of Day 2.

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WINNING the next Ashes series is a "clear focus" for Cricket Australia.

But getting to the top of the rankings is the job for now.

Chief executive James Sutherland said that after returning the urn Down Under in this series, going back-to-back in 2019 is "extremely important", as is ascending to the No. 1 spot in cricket.

"We haven't won in England since 2001, so from our perspective that's a very clear focus," he said on ABC Radio.

"But there's a bigger picture for us - we want to be No. 1 in Test cricket, want to be No. 1 in the other two formats of the game and we've got a very clear strategy to be that. It's difficult, it's challenging, but there has to be a No.1.

"There's no reason why it can't be us."

USMAN Khawaja has been slammed as "lazy" and must find a spark for his career, according to former Test keeper Ian Healy.

Khawaja scored 17 runs off 65 balls on Tuesday, with Healy declaring his body language is "so far from it".

"(He was) a bit lazy," he said on SEN.

"The energy levels ... we were hopeful he was going to come out with good intensity levels and hustle, but he didn't. He strolls out and is a laid-back character.

"He wasn't finding the middle of the bat or the gaps, and he didn't do anything about it. He just fought hard and tried to have it flick for him and it didn't happen.

"He needs to get going and get his career kickstarted again. He needs to bust the door open or he will get in a bigger hole.

"Australian cricket is at its best when we are hustling and threatening to take quick singles.|

"(Khawaja) is so far from that it's not funny at the moment."

Could Justin Langer be the next Test coach?
Could Justin Langer be the next Test coach?

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JUSTIN Langer doesn't want to talk about coaching Australia - yet.

National coach Darren Lehmann this week reaffirmed his position that the 2019 Ashes will be his last tour as coach, but Langer - currently at the helm of the Perth Scorchers - says it's too early to throw his hat in the ring to take the reins.

"It's all hypothetical. It's two years away," Langer said.

"Had we lost (against the Stars), I would be a rubbish coach and not even considered for it.

"So I know how fickle it is. It's so fickle. It's all about timing.

"A lot happens in two years. Honestly I don't even have to think about it at the moment. I love my job here (in Perth)."

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ANOTHER monster crowd braved the heat to attend the second day of the Boxing Day Test.

A peak crowd of 67,882 people was recorded on a day which saw mercury in Melbourne hover around 34 degrees for much of the final session.

The total followed an attendance of 88,172 on Day 1.



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