England opener Alex Hales takes a catch during the first Twenty20 match against Australia

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Yooranah with his mother Alinga at Edinburgh Zoo

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The batsman faces being ousted from the international set-up following England's 5-0 defeat in the Ashes

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The first session of the First Test has often proved a pivotal passage of play in Ashes series Down Under. Even the first ball; Steve Harmison’s wide to second slip in 2006, or Michael Slater smashing Phil DeFreitas through cover point for four in 1994. It tends to “set the tone”, as the pundits like to say – and the tone in the Sky Sports commentary box these days is like a dressing-room banter free-for-all.

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Jo Nesbo gently but firmly clutched my arm. I was to talk to him at the Manchester Literature Festival, and our names had been announced; we were heading for the stage.

George Bailey

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