The Mail Online report:

Civil servants spent thousands of working hours visiting a cricket website over the summer when England’s Ashes battle with Australia was in full swing, new figures have revealed.

Mandarins at the Treasury, the Department of Health and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) face accusations of wasting time after they logged on to cricket website at least four million times from January to August this year.

The five-Test Ashes series ran from July to the end of August. With the nation transfixed by the fluctuating fortunes of the teams, civil servants were able to keep track of all the twists and turns of the five match Test series from their desks.

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