Ashes 2015: ECB president Giles Clarke may give evidence to parliament over ICC governance as protesters hold three-minute silence at The Oval

Clarke has seen pressure on him mount in recent months over the part he played in the restructuring of the International Cricket Council last year, the ‘big three takeover’ that saw India, England and Australia take control over the majority of power and income from the world game.

The news comes as Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hyth and crucially a member of the culture, media and sport select committee, was at a protest outside The Oval this morning organised by the #changecricket campaign, set up by the makers of the documentary Death of a Gentleman, which calls for more transparency in the governance of the sport.

Protesting along with Collins was sportswear businessman Jaimie Fuller, leader of a campaign to make changes to cycling, and they were joined by around 100 or so other protesters who held a three-minute silence – one for each of the three countries now controlling cricket.

Protesters outside The Oval on day one of the Fifth Ashes Test “This is very detrimental to the game. I will ask the sports select committee to summon Giles Clarke to explain his role,” said Collins. “I will be asking the committee if they are interested in taking this further. They have a role to play in asking the questions people want to avoid answering.”

Clarke and the ECB have up until this point declined to comment on the claims made in Death of a Gentleman.…


Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook refuses to let Fifth Test defeat take the gloss off a special summer

Australia skipper Michael Clarke celebrated an emphatic win on a rain-disrupted fourth day of his final test match, Peter Siddle proving the inspiration with figures of 4-35 as England were bowled out for 286 at The Oval.   “I am proud of the way we played here, showing grit and determination and playing cricket the Australian way,” Clarke told reporters.

“Congratulations to England, they thoroughly deserved to win the series. Today was not about me but about the team and I am incredibly proud to have been their captain.”

Cook could not conceal his delight at winning the series 3-2 after losing 5-0 in Australia in 2013-14.

“We cant let this loss take the gloss off a special summer,” a beaming Cook said before being presented with the urn.

“Credit to Australia and the character they showed to bounce back here. They have shown what a good team they are and to have beaten them three times is a credit to our guys.

“The fact we were underdogs before the series helped us. We were able to play with a bit of freedom and put them under pressure at crucial times.”

Australias captain Michael Clarke receives a guard of honour from his Australia teammates as he leaves the field after Australia wrap up the game on the fourth day of the fifth Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia at The Oval .

England, 203 for six overnight, lost their first wicket of the day when Mark Wood was trapped lbw by Siddle for six, the Australians winning a review after the umpire initially ruled it not out.

Jos Buttler, on 42, played a loose drive at Mitchell Marsh and was well caught low down by Mitchell Starc at extra cover before Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad dug in ahead of the forecast rain which arrived 45 minutes before the scheduled lunch interval.

The hosts resumed in the afternoon after more than two hours play was lost to the weather on 258 for eight and Siddle soon bowled Broad for 11.

Siddle had Moeen caught by wicketkeeper Peter Nevill for 35 to clinch victory and the Australian players gave Clarke a guard of honour as he led them off the field for the final time.…