WORLD OF SPORT: Aussie Ashes backlash? Decision time for Ennis-Hill, Blair accused over Hillsborough, Froome fights back
England director of cricket Andrew Strauss is expecting a backlash from Australia in the second Investec Test at Lord’s tomorrow after they were outplayed in the first Ashes Test. Michael Clarke’s side were comprehensively outplayed in Cardiff - going down by 169 runs inside four days - but Strauss is not expecting it to be so easy the second time around. (Sky Sports)
Chris Froome plans to undergo independent physiological testing after the Tour de France in an effort to counter allegations made by critics of his performances. An explosive display saw Froome distance his rivals for Tour victory on Tuesday, extending his advantage over nearest rival Tejay van Garderen from 12 seconds to almost three minutes, a margin which many believe to be insurmountable by the race’s finish on 26th July in Paris. (Guardian)
Labour leadership candidate Andy Burnham has said he was told not to pursue his demand for an official investigation into the Hillsborough disaster when serving under Tony Blair. He has suggested Blair failed to order a full inquiry into the disaster to avoid offending Rupert Murdoch. (Daily Mirror)
Raheem Sterling says he is relieved to have completed his protracted £49m move from Liverpool to Manchester City and is ready to consistently challenge for major honours. The England winger (20) believes that he will improve as a player at Etihad Stadium after becoming his country’s most expensive footballer ever. (BBC Sport)
Jessica Ennis-Hill says she will decide whether to compete at the World Championships in Beijing next month after her performances at the Anniversary Games in London. The 29-year-old has hardly competed since winning Olympic gold in 2012 but will take part in three events on 24th-25th July, back in the Olympic Stadium (BBC Sport).
All-rounder James Faulkner will miss Australia’s tour of England and Ireland after being charged with drink-driving. The 25-year-old, who is playing for Lancashire and not in the Ashes squad, was arrested and bailed on 2nd July and will appear in court in Manchester later this month (BBC Sport).