From the back pages, August 2: Australia fume at DRS decision as England celebrate Usman Khawaja wicket

From the back pages
From the back pages

Australia were once again angered by another umpiring decision in this Ashes series after Usman Khawaja was given out caught behind just before lunch on Thursday despite no evidence on Hotspot of an edge. (The Telegraph)

It took 10 days and two defeats, but Australia’s batsmen have finally learned how to compete with England’s Ashes bowling attack. Lambasted as the worst batting line-up to leave Australian shores, skipper Michael Clarke led the way with his 24th Test ton on a day Baggy Green supporters must have thought might never come. (The Mirro)

Liverpool have bid €25m (£21.8m) for the Atlético Madrid striker Diego Costa as the manager, Brendan Rodgers, looks to add quality to his squad before the transfer deadline. (The Guardian)

EVERTON have failed in a bid to take Juventus midfielder Luca Marrone on loan. (The Express)

Edinson Cavani may have been the striker at the top of Manchester City’s wanted list, but they may not be too sorry at missing out on him after more evidence of Alvaro Negredo’s instinct for goal here at the Allianz Arena. (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that the Spanish club are in talks with Tottenham over a move for Gareth Bale and hopes that a deal can be agreed that will see the winger move to the Santiago Bernabeu. (The Independent)

Stuart Lancaster has deferred his captaincy dilemma until the autumn after revealing his Elite Player Squads (EPS) yesterday. While there were six new faces in the senior EPS, the most intriguing element of the England head coach’s announcement was the absence of the letter c next to any of the 33 names. (The Times)