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Aussies climb back to the top of the world rankings

Alastair Cook of England in the field during the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Ashes 2013-14: Australia on course for a series whitewash as Chris Rogers century helps them to 4-0 series lead

After comprehensive eight-wicket victory over England in Melbourne, focus now turns to final Test in Sydney starting on 3 January

Australia spin bowler Nathan Lyon picked up five wickets during England's second innings

Ashes 2013-14: Even Nathan Lyon has got tourists in a spin

Spinner picked up possibly the easiest five-wicket-haul that he will get in his career thanks to England's incompetence a the crease

England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow could not explain why England had suffered yet another batting collapse in the Fourth Test

Ashes 2013-14: Jonny Bairstow lost for words in explaining England's dire batting performance that could cost them Test win

Having been 65-0, England collapsed once again to finish their second innings 179 all-out and set Australia 231 for victory

An inquisitive Adelie Penguin next to the stranded ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy, which is trapped in the ice at sea off Antarctica

Rescue of Russian boat stuck in Antarctic ice delayed as Chinese icebreaker forced to turn back

The Chinese vessel has been forced to retreat after a failed attempt to reach the ship. A French vessel has already launched an abandoned rescue attempt

Nathan Lyon of Australia celebrates with team-mates after Ryan Harris of Australia takes a catch to dismiss Kevin Pietersen of England during day three of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Ashes 2013-14: England’s batsmen guilty of another abject surrender

Top order show neglect and tail are blown away again as tourists fail to take control to prevent whitewash, writes Stephen Brenkley in Melbourne

Chris Rogers is left bleeding after being hit by a Stuart Broad delivery
James Anderson appeals for the wicket of George Bailey, who went for a duck in the first innings of the Fourth Test

Ashes 2013-14: James Anderson: We’re hungry to get something out of tour

Anderson was back in the wickets as England reduced Australia to 164-9 leaving the tourists with a 91 run lead

Piers Morgan attempts to avoid a Brett Lee bouncer aimed at his head, with little success

Piers Morgan hit four times in six balls in his Ashes showdown with former Australia bowler Brett Lee

England's biggest critic attempts to show Alastair Cook's boys how it's done - with minimal success

England celebrate after Stuart Broad takes the wicket of Ryan Harris late on day two

Ashes 2013-14: At last, England find discipline with ball to rattle the Aussies

England lead by 91 runs: Stokes adds depth to tourists’ bowling after Pietersen baffles again with poor shot

Ryan Harris celebrates the dismissal of Ian Bell on day one of the Fourth Test

Ashes 2013-14: Ian Bell - The top six got in and again didn’t go on

England's top order once again collapsed after they looked set to build towards a good score with Kevin Pietersen the only one to push on past 50

Kevin Pietersen of England bats during day one of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on 26 December 2013

Ashes 2013-14: Scratchy Alastair Cook sets tone for ailing England

Tourists labour to 226 for 6 before 91,000 crowd

Australia captain Michael Clarke

Ashes 2013-14: Michael Clarke refuses to get complacent

Three wide-margin wins over England have put the hosts in an unassailable lead already

Graeme Swann retires from cricket midway through the Ashes series

Graeme Swann retirement: Spinner hits at the media out after grandmother was interviewed

The 36-year-old quit midway through the Ashes series

Kevin Pietersen of England leaves the field after being dismissed by Nathan Lyon of Australia during day four of the Third Ashes Test Match

Ashes 2013-14: Kevin Pietersen has 'less than zero interest' in Graeme Swann's remark about people being 'up their own backsides'

The retiring spin bowler appeared to aim a parting shot - although at exactly who is somewhat unclear

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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

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