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

Ashes 2013: Kevin Pietersen in contention for final Test following knee scan

The batsman will now be expected to play a role at the Oval

England’s Heather Knight hits out on her way to a score of 157

Women's Ashes: Heather Knight in control as England fight back

Australia 331-6dec & 64-1 v England 314

<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

Chris Rogers batting in the morning session

The Ashes 2013: Aussie pair restore the art of batting after Stuart Broad tears apart top order

England 238 Australia 222-5: Chris Rogers becomes third-oldest Australian to score maiden Test century and finally discovers a patient partner in Shane Watson

Brandon Starc played cricket ‘as a fielder’ with brother Mitchell

World Athletics Championships: Starc similarities as Mitchell's kid brother gets ready for high jump

According to some critics Down Under, in the wake of the Australian failure to regain the Ashes Mitchell Starc should be for the metaphorical high jump ahead of the fourth Test, which starts at Chester-le-Street this morning. "He lacks the consistency needed to succeed at Test level," boomed Nick Richardson of The Roar website.

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

Michael Clarke and Shane Watson of Australia leave the ground after rain stopped play

Ashes 2013: Michael Clarke claims there is not 'much of a gap' between England and Australia

The hosts retained the Ashes yesterday after the third Test was drawn

Alastair Cook: England captain made a highly dubious decision to review his wicket yesterday
The Waikato Chiefs celebrate their second consecutive Super Rugby title victory

Waikato Chiefs defeat ACT Brumbies to claim back-to-back Super XV titles

Victory continues New Zealand's strangehold on the sport after consecutive wins backs up World Cup triumph

Graeme Swann says England can build a lead then win

The Ashes: Graeme Swann puts some positive spin on Tim Bresnan's blunder

Graeme Swann defended his team-mate Tim Bresnan's poor use of technology and insisted the mistake was not enough to dent England's chances of sealing the Ashes with victory here.

Michael Clarke reacts after he is bowled for 187 by Stuart Broad

John Townsend: Michael Clarke's majesty highlights the yawning chasm in batting order

The Aussie Angle: The more he props up the top order, the wider the gap appears

Peter Siddle of Australia celebrates the wicket of Joe Root

Ashes 2013: Joe Root and Tim Bresnan fall as Australia take total control at Old Trafford

England reply with 52 for 2 after Australia declare on 527 in the Third Test

Chris Rogers posted a career high 84 in his fourth Test

John Townsend: Chris Rogers haunted by Old Trafford ghost but proves he belongs

The Aussie Angle: There were such doubts that he was considering a move to Tasmania

England captain Alastair Cook (left) and New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum (right) pose with the Cricket World Cup Trophy

England drawn against hosts Australia for 2015 Cricket World Cup

New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and two qualifying nations will join the Ashes rivals in Pool A of the 14-team tournament

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

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