From the back pages, July 12: England in TV umpire bust-up

ENGLAND were raging last night after TWO controversial decisions from the TV umpire in the first Ashes Test. Aussie Ashton Agar, who hit a world-record 98 at No 11, survived a stumping appeal on six, while Jonathan Trott got a dodgy lbw call. (The Sun)

From the back pages
From the back pages

Australia’s teenage debutant Ashton Agar scored an extraordinary and historic 98 on another day of high drama at Trent Bridge. The 19-year-old rescued his side from 117 for 9 to 280 all out, shattering records in the process and putting England on the back foot after the second day of the first Test. (The Independent)

As Australia saluted the arrival of a new hero at Trent Bridge, their former captain Ricky Ponting, with perfect symmetry, marked his final first-class innings with an unbeaten 169 at the Oval. (The Telegraph)

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The sense that, although this may be Chris Froome’s Tour, it is not a happy one for Team Sky strengthened on Thursday when a high speed crash two kilometres from the finish left the team’s Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen with a broken right shoulder. Team Sky confirmed in the evening that he would not remain in the race, meaning that going into the Alps, following the earlier elimination of Vasili Kiriyenka in the Pyrenees, Froome’s support riders are down to six. (The Guardian)

Some day soon, perhaps today, Mark Cavendish will be handed a lucky break, an unexpected gift, a ray of sunshine. But until then, life on the Tour de France road must feel like one kick in the teeth after another.

Outsprinted by Marcel Kittel, of Germany, at the finish line of yesterday’s Stage 12 into Tours, Cavendish glanced to his left with a look that said “not again”. (The Times)

Arsenal must offer £40million for Luis Suarez to get Liverpool to even consider selling him. And the Gunners are set to increase their bid for the controversial striker after having a £30m offer flatly rejected last week. (The Mirror)

Unsettled forward Wayne Rooney is to return home from Manchester United’s pre-season tour – just one day after the club flew almost 200 players and staff out for the first leg in Bangkok. The England forward, who has been persistently linked with a move away from the club this summer, has suffered a grade-two hamstring injury, effectively a small tear. (Daily Mail)

England boss Roy Hodgson’s worst fears were confirmed when Sky Sports and BT Sport announced their live Premier League fixtures yesterday. Sky will screen both Liverpool’s home clash with Manchester United and Arsenal’s north London derby showdown with Tottenham on Sunday, September 1 – five days before Hodgson’s men embark upon their vital double-header against Moldova and Ukraine. (The Express)