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Australian freed after 400 days in prison on terror charges

England captain Alastair Cook looks dejected as Australia celebrates their Ashes triumph after the fifth Test

Ashes 2013-14: Alastair Cook’s sleepless nights over Kevin Pietersen future

England captain admits lying in bed thinking about the way forward and ‘the decisions that go with that’ as debate about the leading batsman continues, writes Stephen Brenkley in Melbourne

Anya Shrubsole strikes after batting fails

England women came unstuck against Australia’s excellent bowling attack but Anya Shrubsole hit back for the tourists with two quick wickets on the opening day of the Ashes Test at the Waca.

England women celebrate after Anya Shrubsole takes the wicket of Australia's Meg Lanning

Women's Ashes 2014: England falter against Australian bowlers but peg rivals back immediately with two early wickets

Tourists posted a moderate 201 all-out with Australia finishing the day on nine for the loss of two wickets

Kevin Pietersen is awaiting confirmation that he will be retained by the Delhi Daredevils for this year's IPL

Kevin Pietersen: England batsman awaiting confirmation that he will be retained by IPL side Delhi Daredevils despite country row

Pietersen is currently at the centre of a row between himself and head coach Andy Flower and any IPL decision could have a further impact on his chances for playing for England again

Shaun Marsh is hoping to tie down a regular place in the Australia side despite heading into his thirties

Shaun Marsh hoping to flourish late in his career to tie-down a regular spot in Australia side

Marsh has just seven Test caps after inconsistency and injury blighted his rise through the Aussie ranks

Watson overcame nerves to defeat Australian Arina Rodionova in the first round

Australian Open 2014: Heather Watson and Johanna Konta progress in qualifying but Dan Evans' game disintegrates

Heather Watson and Johanna Konta posted victories in Australian Open qualifying, but there was disappointment for fellow British player Dan Evans.

The dragon Toothless from the DreamWorks Animation film How to Train Your Dragon

Australian scientists apologise to little girl for failing to ‘make her a dragon’

Sophie Lester, 7, asked the ‘lovely scientists’ if she could have a dragon to play with at weekends

St Helens captain Paul Wellens is determined to fight for his place despite losing his full-back position to Jonny Lomax

St Helens captain Paul Wellens 'excited' by fresh challenge despite the captain losing his starting berth

Wellens was handed the number 17 shirt for the 2014 season after losing his full-back place to Jonny Lomax last season

Matt Prior has put the Ashes whitewash defeat down to poor professionalism from the England side

Ashes 2013-14: England wicketkeeper Matt Prior blames series whitewash on a lack of professionalism

Poor environment in the dressing room could explain the embarrassing 5-0 defeat to Australia, says Prior

Australia coach Darren Lehmann has refused to comment on the Kevin Pietersen debacle as England's calamitous series continues

Ashes 2013-14: Darren Lehmann refuses to get caught up in Kevin Pietersen debate as he continues to mastermind England's downfall

Australia coach admits it is not for him to comment ahead of the five-match ODI series and two Twenty20 fixtures

Mitchell Johnson celebrates with the Ashes Urn after the 5-0 whitewash over England

Ashes 2013-14: England set for brief relief as Mitchell Johnson to be rested for first One-Day International clash

Johnson tormented the England batting line-up during the 5-0 Ashes whitewash

Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison was sent tampons and sanitary pads by an Australian feminist group.

Tampons and sanitary pads sent to Australian Immigration minister Scott Morrison in protest over supplies for refugees

Minister Scott Morrison has reportedly been sent sanitary products after his office was accused of sanctioning products to women in detention centres

Oracle Team USA tactician Ben Ainslie participates in a dock out ceremony before the start of race six of the America's Cup finals against Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker in San Francisco

Sir Ben Ainslie leads British assault on 2014 Extreme Sailing series

The quadruple gold and silver medal Olympic champion opens his campaign in the 40-foot catamarans in Singapore next month

Cheryl Carter was PA to Rebekah Brooks, pictured left, for 19 years

Rebekah Brooks' PA Cheryl Carter denies cover-up 'payment'

Rebekah Brooks’ former personal assistant has denied she was rewarded with a job offer in Australia for attempting to cover up evidence of phone hacking.

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