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Cook was walking back to the pavilion within the first over but Ravi Bopara stares with the ball to earn 172-run victory

Australia name One Day International squad

Nathan Hauritz, Brett Lee and Shaun Tait have been called up to the Australia squad for the first Commonwealth Bank Series one-day international against England in Melbourne in Sunday.

Ashes Diary: Pommie-basher-in-chief turns on 'shambolic' home attack

You know things are not quite right Down Under when Jeff Thomson, Pommie-basher-in-chief, starts talking up England's chances. The scourge of the tourists' batting on the infamous 1974-75 tour says that the current Australia attack is the worst in 30 years. "The fact is the Poms are more disciplined, their bowlers are better," he said.

Lee comes to defence of Ponting

Australia paceman Brett Lee has leapt to the defence of under-fire Test skipper Ricky Ponting and insisted the team will bounce back in the Ashes.

England look irresistible with Ponting's men running scared

Australia will recognise the species if not the position. There are millions of gum trees around their country and right now they are up one.

Plunkett joins injured list as Durham feel the pinch

Yorkshire 610-6 dec Durham 330-9 & 46-0 (Match drawn)

Brett Lee admits Australia career may be over

Veteran Australia paceman Brett Lee has conceded he may never play for his country again as he battles to recover from elbow surgery.

2005 Ashes: A summer that will never be forgotten

Poll of the Decade: It was tight, it was hard-fought and it thrilled the nation: 2005's Ashes were the decade's greatest contest, writes Stephen Brenkley

Strauss urges England to keep eye on ball

Andrew Strauss has demanded his England side view their Ashes triumph as only a stepping stone to become the world's best team.

Dhoni's speedy century leads India to huge win

A quickfire century by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni set up India's 99-run victory over Australia yesterday in Nagpur as the home team levelled the one-day series 1-1.

Hauritz has his turn in land where spinners rule

Off-break bowler has chance to thrive and finally answer his critics on tour of India

Australia stride home to retain Champions Trophy

Defending champions Australia today beat New Zealand by six wickets to retain the Champions Trophy in the final at Centurion.

Flower expects England to bloom

Coach Andy Flower insists England are excited rather than weary as they head into the Champions Trophy tomorrow.

Five-star Swann helps England sidestep whitewash

Australia 176 England 177-6: Off-spinner claims best one-day figures to stop Australia humiliating Strauss' side 7-0

Peter Siddle targets series whitewash

Peter Siddle has admitted it would be "very pleasing" if Australia could claim a whitewash against England in their one-day series.

Rashid's glimpse of the future rubbed out by Australian grit

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