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Ashes 2013-14: Stuart Broad calls for big improvement and hopes privacy will get Jonathan Trott on road to recovery

England are looking to bounce back from a humiliating 381-run defeat to Australia although they are without batsman Trott after he left the tour with a stress-related illness

Michael Clarke and James Anderson

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Ashes 2013-14: Fear and loathing in Brisbane shows two teams split by acrimony

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Ashes 2013-14 comment: Alastair Cook is a problem, and his lack of runs are costing England

England's batting deficiencies well exposed by Australia on day two of the First Test

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Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson (15) - film review

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Stuart Broad of England shows the ball to the crowd after dismissing Mitchell Johnson of Australia during day one of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba

Ashes 2013-14: Was baiting Stuart Broad the stupidest recent decision by Australia?

'Operation Broad', designed to unsettle the England paceman, backfired spectacularly on the first day

Stuart Broad revelled in his role as the villain on day one

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 21 November 2013

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Mark Waugh celebrates reaching his century in the Ashes Test against England in Sydney in 1999

Ashes 2013-14: Mark Waugh predicts England's batting decline will mean hard-fought series

There is the inescapable feeling that this Ashes will go to the wire. Perhaps it is born partly of Australia's wishful thinking after three straight series defeats; perhaps a one-sided rubber would be bad for the brand, for that is what the old urn has become.

Once you are well set, there's nowhere better to bat than Australia

Ian Bell on the Ashes 2013-14: Australia will come at us hard, but we'll deal with that – and the nerves

View From The Middle: There is nothing more exciting than the first morning of an Ashes series

Michael Clarke holds the record for the highest Test innings at the venue, scored against South Africa last November

The Aussie Angle: Captain Clarke remains his team's bedrock and the tide may be turning in his favour

There was a moment at Lord's during Australia's recent Ashes debacle that spoke volumes for Michael Clarke's state of mind.

England’s Sam Tomkins, left, is tackled by France’s Éloi Pélissier, right

Steve McNamara demands massive improvement against Kiwis

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A proud yet dejected Chris Robshaw leas the England side off the pitch

England 22 New Zealand 30: 'Proud' Chris Robshaw calls for his side to be as clinical as the All Blacks if they want to taste victory

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