Sport Ravi Bopara goes on the attack during England's 172-run victory over a Prime Ministers XI

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

Hughes falls again to fiery Harmison

Australia 358 & 276-4 England Lions 352

Lee papers over cracks in Aussie attack

Australia 358 England Lions 302-6

Harmison makes late Ashes charge

Australia 337-8 v England Lions

Round-up: Trott breaks Twenty20 record to see Warwickshire through

Jonathan Trott became the highest scorer in a Twenty20 Cup season as Warwickshire beat Somerset by one run to claim second place in the Midlands/Wales/West Division at Edgbaston yesterday.

Lee's lack of form makes his place insecure

Australia 349-7d & 379-7d Sussex 311 & 373-7 (Match drawn)

Australia struggle against Sandri's pace

Australia 349-7 v Sussex

Gilchrist: 'Flintoff will not repeat Ashes highs'

Veteran Australian 'keeper Adam Gilchrist writes off the threat of England's hero from 2005

Sangakkara class sinks Australia

Australia 159-9 Sri Lanka 160-4

Ponting leads side trying to get back on front foot

Captain is not only tourist out of form but England still face struggle to lift urn

Sport in Brief: 09/04/09

Symonds and Lee revive Ashes aspirations with recall to Australia squad

Andrew Symonds, 33, and Brett Lee, 32, have had their international careers and Ashes aspirations revived with selection in Australia's one-day squad to play Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates later this month. Disciplinary issues and a knee injury have kept Symonds out in recent months, while Lee missed a large chunk of the Australian summer with a left foot injury.

Smith eyes top spot in rankings as Australia forced to blood novice opener

Let battle commence. Forty-seven days after Graeme Smith threaded his way through the SCG crowd and made his way on to the scarred field where rampant but respectful Australians awaited, the teams meet again with bragging rights at stake. To the victor will go the highest position in the Test ranks, a spot the visitors have held since deep into the previous century.

'We must dig deep to save series,' says Ponting

Australia 394 & 247 S Africa 459 & 30-0

Australia still 'long way' short of best, says Ponting

Australia 535 New Zealand 270 & 203

Century helps Haddin escape Gilchrist's shade

N Zealand 270 & 35-0 Australia 535

McCullum defiant as Australia take control

New Zealand 262-6 Australia
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