Chris Waters on Cricket - Australia 4 England 5: Now that would be a good winter scoreline

IF JASON Roy doesn’t get you, Jonny Bairstow must.

Eyeing bright future: Yorkshire pace bowler Matthew Fisher, pictured at Headingley this week, is aiming for a big summer. (Picture: Simon Hulme)

Weekend Interview: Yorkshire’s Matthew Fisher possesses pace to burst on to radar

IT IS a perishing winter’s day at Headingley and Matthew Fisher is sitting in the warmth of the Carnegie Pavilion, pondering one of cricket’s great questions.

England's Joe Root, left, celebrates after getting the wicket of Australia's Steve Smith. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

Chris Waters: White-ball dominance helping England soothe pain of the Ashes

“GOD SAVE THE ASHES” ran the headline in the Sydney Daily Telegraph after Australia won the series in Perth last month.

Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale. Picture: Allan McKenzie/

No lack of ambition in county cricket, insists Yorkshire boss Andrew Gale

ANDREW GALE has launched a strong defence of county cricket following criticism that too many players lack ambition.

England's Ben Stokes

Chris Waters: ECB inconsistency over Stokes delivers mixed message

BAFFLING, bewildering, bemusing, breathtaking, bungled, befuddled, bizarre – and that’s just without leaving the letter “B”.

David Willey: At the crossroads.

Test fees must rise to halt drain to T20 riches says Yorkshire’s Martyn Moxon

MARTYN MOXON believes that Test cricket must be more financially rewarding to prevent players from prioritising T20 riches.

Gary Ballance: Dropped without having played.

Chris Waters: Gary Ballance made a scapegoat for Ashes fiasco

IT is the unfortunate lot of the provincial sports writer that any attempt to promote or defend a local player runs the risk of looking like bias.

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England's Jason Roy walks off the field after being dismissed for and new national ODI record 180 runs.

Chris Waters: Record-breakers Roy and Root show spark Ashes was lacking

SO NOW we see what England should have done during the Ashes series.

England head coach Trevor Bayliss addresses the England players at Adelaide last year. Picture: Jason O'Brien/PA

Chris Waters: Testing times ahead for Trevor Bayliss now his departure date is known

WHEN England appointed Trevor Bayliss it was to achieve success in white-ball cricket as much as anything else.

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Anthony McGrath.

Yorkshire CCC boss Moxon keen on English coach for top role once Bayliss exits

MARTYN MOXON believes a young English coach should replace Trevor Bayliss when the Australian stands down in 2019.

England's Mason Crane bowls  in Sydney.

The Ashes - Chris Waters: Crane needs to forget about false starts as England suffer in Sydney

IT CANNOT be easy for a batsman facing Mason Crane.

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Tim Bresnan.

Tim Bresnan replaces David Willey at Perth Scorchers

TIM BRESNAN has signed as an overseas replacement for Yorkshire team-mate David Willey at Big Bash League side Perth Scorchers.

Trailblazer: Don Bradman broke a number of records in his time, including on this day in Sydney in 1930. (Picture: YPN)

On this Day: ‘I set out to break the record,’ says Bradman of his 452 runs

DON BRADMAN dealt only in high numbers and the highest of his career were achieved on this day at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1930.

Jonny Bairstow wearing a black armband to mark the anniversary passing of his late father (Picture: PA)

Chris Waters - The Ashes: Jonny Bairstow’s poignant touch as he reaches 50 not out

“SOMETIMES you’ve just got to take a minute to think and put things into perspective! #20thanniversary #481 #652 #family”.

England's Joe Root pulls through mid-wicket on day one at the SCG. Picture: Jason O'Brien/PA

Chris Waters – The Ashes: Time for Root to get tough on himself in order to match Test peers

ONCE AGAIN, Joe Root passed 50 but failed to reach 100.

Champions: England's Heather Knight lifts the trophy after the ICC Women's World Cup final.

State of the Nation - Cricket: India next big Test for Joe Root’s men

IT would be stretching the point to say that English cricket is in rude health after the Ashes beating inflicted Down Under.

Discarded: Yorkshire's Adil Rashid.

Chris Waters - The Ashes: In a spin over treatment of Adil Rashid

HARD though it is to believe for those of us who remember his first-class debut as if it was yesterday, Adil Rashid turns 30 next month.

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Australia's Steve Smith walks off at the end during day five of the Ashes Test match at the Melbourne Circket Ground, Melbourne.

Chris Waters _ The Ashes: Steve Smith proves once more that his batting is from another galaxy

IF ever a statistic summed up the impact that Steve Smith has had on this series it is that the Australia captain could make a pair in the final Test in Sydney and still finish with an average over 100.

Yorkshire's director of cricket Martyn Moxon.

Bygones: Martyn Moxon looks back on the Bicentennial Test in Sydney

IT is ironic in an era in which England have struggled to find a Test match opening partner for Alastair Cook that one of the finest English openers of the 1980s and 90s played just 10 Tests.

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Alastair Cook made 244 not out after batting throughout Englands innings in the current Ashes Test in Melbourne (Picture: Jason OBrien/PA).

Chris Waters - The Ashes: Echoes from Alastair Cook’s innings carry all way back to Len Hutton and Geoff Boycott

AS ALLEGATIONS of English ball tampering swirled around the Melbourne Test, dismissed as much ado about nothing by all pertinent parties, it was easy to overlook another ‘non-event’ on a fourth day badly hit by the weather.

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