David Gower (left) pictured alongside Ian Botham

David Gower says Australia has 'no culture' and their cricketers have an 'animal mentality'

The former England captain stokes the fires ahead of this summer's Ashes

David Warner has apologised for his recent Twitter outburst and fined for his actions

David Warner given maximum fine following Twitter outburst over IPL corruption article

Cricket Australia charge batsman with 'unbecoming behaviour' and fine him A$5,750 ahead of summer Ashes series

James Anderson celebrates taking his 300th test wicket, that of New Zealand's Peter Fulton, caught by Graeme Swann for 2 during the first test at Lord's Cricket Ground, London

James Anderson will be England's all-time leading wicket-taker according to Sir Ian Botham

Current record-holder believes Anderson will surpass his tally of 383 Test wickets to become England's all-time leading wicket-taker

Nick Compton is bowled by Neil Wagner

The Calvin Report: Nick Compton left facing the cruellest of cuts

England opener's ambition to top the order in Ashes series is under real threat after his failure at Lord's and the impact of team-mate Root

Jimmy Anderson had reached a triple-century of Test wickets, a fellow member of the 300 club was predicting he would take a further 150 for England

James Anderson: Plenty to come as King of Swing joins the 300 club

Anderson joins elite England few and is backed by Botham to reach more milestones

England Lions’ Joe Root is bowled after making 179

Geoff Miller orders England to step it up or pay the price

When Geoff Miller talks of players going through the motions and the need for matters to be rectified you can be sure that you are on the naughty stool. Miller has made it his business as the national selector to be  emollient to the point of blandness.

Mike Denness: Cricketer who famously dropped himself from the team as captain of England

After he had sanctioned six Indian players in 2001, his effigy was burned in the streets

Kevin Pietersen needs at least two first-class games before the Ashes

Kevin Pietersen may 'consider his future' after the Ashes suggests Andrew Flintoff

The England batsman is currently struggling with injury

Australia central contracts offer hint for Ashes

A raft of players have been given new deals

Michael Clarke must be feeling the strain after a difficult week

Hospital stay for sick Australia captain Michael Clarke

Australia captain Michael Clarke spent Sunday night in hospital suffering from gastro-enteritis.

Graeme Swann is England’s most prolific off-spinner of all time

'I want to be back soon because I am bored stupid already' - Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann is on the road to recovery after elbow surgery forced him to miss the New Zealand tour. He tells Jon Culley how the machine in his attic may help England win the Ashes

Michael Clarke had to pull out of the fourth Test against India

Back-trouble victim Michael Clarke expects to be fit for the Ashes

Australia captain Michael Clarke has no idea how serious his latest back problem is, but insisted it was “very unlikely” the injury would keep him out of the Ashes.

Steven Finn of England celebrates after dismissing Hamish Rutherford of New Zealand during day one of the Third Test match

Steven Finn stars as England struggle against New Zealand in Third Test

England have discovered for sure what they insist they suspected all along - that New Zealand are more than a compliant warm-up act for this summer's Ashes.

Kevin Pietersen: The batsman was spoken to by the referee in the Mohali airport toilets

Will England miss Kevin Pietersen?

The batsman has been ruled out of the final Test against New Zealand, and is a concern for the Ashes

England's Nick Compton (left) celebrates reaching his century

Nick Compton dreaming of place in England's Ashes squad

England play the final Test against New Zealand this week

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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
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BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
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Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

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'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
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Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
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Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

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Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
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Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
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Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment