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Australia 98 England 157-0: Anderson swings the momentum tourists' way as Australia's batsmen fold again

'We are working our backsides off but it's making no difference'

Whichever way you look at it, however you scrutinise it, dissect it and analyse it, Australia's batting is in a mess. Its two blue-riband players, the captain and the vice-captain, are out of form. One opener, though a stalwart, is not really an opener, the other opener is young and capricious.

Encouraging net session for Ricky Ponting

Australia captain Ricky Ponting on Friday came through his scheduled net session as he bids to prove his fitness for the fourth Ashes Test at the MCG following a broken finger.

Ashes Diary: Thommo: Keep brakes off bowling and sledging

Given all this talk of sledging, it was only a matter of time before the Bankstown big mouth himself, Jeff Thomson, weighed in. And now he has. Thommo, inevitably, believes the Aussies should keep on sledging. "It's all part and parcel of the game," Thomson said. "You are just trying to upset the guy's concentration. You're out there for six hours, you get bored... you've got to say something."

Ashes back in balance after England tamely surrender their grasp

Australia 268 & 309 England 187 & 123: Australia complete last-morning demolition of tourists to regain the initiative in a series that had seemed to be beyond them

Ponting answers his critics and leaves England full of doubt

Captain hails one of the all-time great Ashes spells after Johnson 'transforms' mental battle in series

Mad huskies and Englishmen go out in the Arctic sun

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'We needed to get right in their faces a bit more – it definitely works for us'

Bowler reveals Australia's strategy to confront England with verbal barrage to knock the swagger out of tourists' step

Quick, accurate, deadly: England had never seen this side of Johnson

Australia 268 & 119-3 England 187: Tourists feel the full force of former world player of the year as he rips through top order and resuscitates Australia's Ashes campaign

Fairytale return for Tremlett the big friendly giant

The Gentle Giant came back yesterday and let his bowling do the talking. With nary a sledge or a snarl in sight, Chris Tremlett provided England with a perfect beginning to the third Test.

Ashes Diary: Hodge left sick by selectors' merry-go-round

There was a time – not so very long ago – when Australia were so good they could leave out batsmen who would have walked into the England side. Like Darren Lehmann, South Australia's (and Yorkshire's) chunky run machine, or Brad Hodge, who scored 203 not out against South Africa in Perth five years ago and was dropped three weeks later. The latter retired from first-class cricket last year but he does not appear quite ready to fade into the background. Far from it.

Prior joins the century club to keep England in good habits

Victoria 216-2dec & 278-6dec England 184-2dec & 211-6: Tourists head for Perth, where they can retain the urn, with unbeaten record intact

Spilled catches spoil bowl-off allowing Tremlett to stay ahead

Victoria 216-2 dec England 50-1

Tim Bresnan plays down talk of 'bowl-off'

Tim Bresnan is confident he can make an impact in the third Ashes Test, if he is given a chance at Perth.

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