Australia captain Michael Clarke (L) and coach Darren Lehmann

Michael Clarke a doubt for ODI series decider

Australia captain Michael Clarke is doubtful for Monday's ODI series decider with England in Southampton after suffering a recurrence of his chronic back problem.

Kevin Pietersen prepares for the ODI series against Australia

England v Australia ODI preview: Kevin Pietersen can open one-day international auditions

With many established names missing against Australia, fringe players can seize their chance

Injured Steven Smith flies home as Australia look to juggle Twenty20 side

Australia batsman Steven Smith has gone home from the tour of England after suffering a quad strain during a training session.

Australia captain Michael Clarke (L) and coach Darren Lehmann

The Light Roller: Back-to-back contests will fire up the Ashes down under

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The sporting week ahead (25 August 2013)

Today

England's Charlotte Edwards finds the boundary at Hove

The Last Word: Points system in women’s Ashes could be a way to secure future of Test cricket

Only in England do Tests sell out. In Asia instant cricket is king at the gate

Jonathan Trott walks off after being given out lbw having scored 40 from 143 balls

Ashes 2013: Jonathan Trott’s first two hours yielded 15 runs – it was like going 30 on the motorway

This was recidivist stuff from England, 50 shades of grim on an even track

England's captain, Alastair Cook, gets his boxing gloves on at The Oval yesterday ahead of tomorrow's fifth and final Test

Ashes 2013: Keep it quiet - England can rise again to world No 2

All they have to do is avoid losing final Ashes Test, in which Tremlett could be a key player

Tim Bresnan crucially dislodged David Warner in the fourth Test

Ashes 2013: Tim Bresnan likely to miss the Ashes Down Under

Hero of Durham Test sustains stress fracture of back and faces long spell on the sidelines

<b>Stuart Broad – 9</b><br/>
On his day he is easily one of the best bowlers in the world and fortunately for England this was Broad’s Test. Has bowled well throughout the series, but was finally rewarded with a match-winning haul of 11 wickets in the game. If only he could produce performances like this more regularly.

Ashes 2013: The media reaction in Australia after England win the series

Stuart Broad comes in for much praise after his blistering performance in the fourth Test

Pietersen: 'How stupid would I be to hide a nick when it could save me on an lbw?'

Ashes 2013: Kevin Pietersen furious over tale of the silicone tape

ECB demands apology from TV station after batsman is accused of trying to cheat Hot Spot

Kevin Pietersen shows his anger after the review decision at Old Trafford

Ashes 2013: Kevin Pietersen infuriated by cheat claims as ECB seek apology from Australian broadcasters

Reports in Australia accuse batsmen of using silicone tape on the edge of their bats to deceive Hot Spot technology but players strongly deny claims

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 7 August 2013

La Liga duo face loss of privileges

Nathan Lyon and Darren Lehmann talk tactics during nets

Ashes 2013: Darren Lehmann plays down Australia's lack of top spin coach

Tourists rely on fielding mentor Rixon to  oversee progression  of Agar and Lyon

Ashes 2013: How Ian Bell the Shermanator grew up to become the Terminator with record in his sights

Bell has made the journey from boy to man and he remains more pleasing on the eye than any other batsman in England

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