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England set sights on becoming world's best

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Strauss pulls out all the stops in pursuit of series-clinching win

Australia 280 England 167-3: Captain goes on the offensive while Cook eclipses Vaughan's run feast of 2002-03

Lunch Report: England leave fragile Australia reeling with fierce early blows

England squeezed Australia until their pips squeaked on the second morning of the final Test. With deadeye dick bowling and alert, athletic fielding, which has served them so well throughout the entire series, they scythed their way through their opponents' first innings.

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A strict code of silence surrounds any of the shadier goings-on during a cricket tour. But a whiff of scandal could be just what the game needs, argues Stan Hey

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