Brad Haddin and Matt Prior have words at stumps in Adelaide on Sunday

Ashes 2013-14: Joe Root keeps smiling through heat of the sledging battle

No one is saying what is being said out in the middle as the Ashes sledging war rages. Safe to assume that the players are not asking for addresses to send Christmas cards.

Bowlers like Mitchell Johnson appear able to harness the energy at the ground and convert it into a wave of menace and momentum that washes away batsmen

John Townsend: Mitchell Johnson's menace is just like Thommo

The Aussie Angle: Crowds lift and games change when bowlers of this ilk are in their pomp

Brad Haddin celebrates reaching his century at the Adelaide Oval

Ashes 2013-14: You need luck in this game – and I had it, says Brad Haddin

Brad Haddin, tough as teak and in the form of his life, has been around long enough to know what really counts. “You need to have luck in this game,” he said after scoring his fourth Test hundred yesterday. “You can have all the technique you want but everyone needs to have luck. I had my share.”

Michael Clarke is given a standing ovation as he leaves the field

John Townsend: Michael Clarke wears the mantle of Don Bradman with singular style in Ashes 2013-14

He is the first Australian cricketer in 70 years to match the influence of the greatest exponent of the national game

New Zealand cricket players under investigation

Three former New Zealand  players are being investigated by the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption and security unit for possible involvement in match or spot-fixing abroad, according to reports.

Australia captain Michael Clarke missed training due to a sore right ankle but is expected to be fit for the beginning of the second Ashes Test

Ashes 2013-14: Michael Clarke names England team (again) for second Test

The hosts have retained George Bailey at number six

Michael Clarke missed training after injuring his ankle on Monday but will be ready for the start of the second Test

Ashes 2013-14: Michael Clarke says Australia can play even better than in Brisbane

Australia are trying desperately to avoid getting ahead of themselves. They have England precisely where they want them, they are in front in an Ashes series for the first time in seven years, but they sense that it could all yet go horribly wrong.

Ryan Harris has promised to come out at Adelaide with 'all guns blazing' as Australia try to take a two-nil lead in the 2013-14 Ashes

Ashes 2013-14: Ryan Harris promises to come out 'all guns blazing' in second Test despite doubts over his long-term fitness

Harris has suffered with injury in the past but the Australian bowler claims the testing Adelaide pitch won't pose him a problem later this week

Victorious Australia players lift the World Cup at Old Trafford

Rugby League World Cup: Now we know – no one can live with Kangaroos

In the cold light of day, there was only one thing seriously wrong with the Rugby League World Cup. Australia were just too good.

Australian opener Chris Rogers said he expected the ‘verbals’ to start again

Ashes 2013-14: Get ready for more sledging in Adelaide

Chris Rogers said it was good that Australia had the upper hand after their experiences in England

Captain Cameron Smith lifts the trophy

New Zealand 2 Australia 34 match report: Two-try Billy Slater stars in Aussie final romp

Coach Sheens hails ninth World Cup win as best performance of his reign

Billy Slater scores the opening try for Australia in their Rugby League World Cup final triumph over New Zealand

New Zealand 2 Australia 34 match report: Aussies rout Kiwis to gain revenge for 2008 Rugby League World Cup final defeat

Two tries apiece from Brett Morris and Billy Slater plus another from Cooper Cronk see the Kangaroos ease to World Cup glory

New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams will pose a huge threat to the Australians in tthes World Cup final at Old Trafford – but can he help them retain their crown?

Rugby League World Cup final: Australia eager for revenge against New Zealand

While the New Zealand coach, Stephen Kearney, is doing his best to give his world champions the tag of underdogs before Saturday’s World Cup final against Australia, Kangaroos forward Greg Bird is having none of it.

Ashes 2013-14: Something needs to be done about sledging war says Ian Chappell, who defends England's James Anderson

The former Australia captain has called on the ICC to intervene after Anderson was involved in a war of words with Australian pair George Bailey and Michael Clarke

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