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Giles feels that England cannot overlook someone of Pietersen's ability given their failure to capitalise on winning positions in Australia

Ben Stokes wants to become a key figure for England following his match-winning performance against Australia

ODI series: Ben Stokes hoping to become Englnad's go-to man following match-winning performance against Australia

Stokes hit a career-best 70 before taking four wicket for 38 runs with the ball

Glenn Maxwell has been singled out for criticism by Darren Lehmann

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The Australia coach blamed Maxwell for playing a poor shot when they were well placed for the victory

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Alastair Cook and Tim Bresnan of England celebrate after defeating Australia during game four of the One Day International series between Australia and England

ODI series: Alastair Cook finds the 'confidence' to lead team into the World Cup after England finally beat Australia

The tourists won by 57 runs in the fourth one-day international

Brad Haddin strikes out in the second ODI match against England

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Australian wicketkeeper is hoping to take an unassailable 3-0 lead when they meet England in Sydney on Sunday night

Shane Watson will be given a three-match rest in the ODI series with England

ODI series: Shane Watson given three-match break as Dan Christian joins Australia squad to provide cover for the all-rounder

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Australian Open 2014: Ross Hutchins full of thanks for Andy Murray's help after winning on Grand Slam return from cancer

Londoner and Scotsman beat Australia's Marinko Matosevic and Poland's Michal Przysiezny

Steven Finn is returning home from Australia to work on 'technical aspects of his game'

ODI series: Misfiring Steven Finn is latest victim to leave England's tour to hell in order to work on 'technical aspects of his game'

Finn has not played a minute of Test or ODI action having been selected in the original squad for the Tour of Australia

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

ODI series: Alastair Cook fails to score once again, but at least there's some relief for England

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

Serena Williams has regretted her complaint over the cold temperatures in Melbourne with the heat set to dominate opening week of Grand Slam

Australia Open: Serena Williams regrets 'freezing' Melbourne complaints with temperatures set to soar

Williams admits she is not looking forward to the expected heat that will hit the first week of the opening Grand Slam of 2014

Mitchell Johnson celebrates with the Ashes Urn after the 5-0 whitewash over England

Ashes 2013-14: England set for brief relief as Mitchell Johnson to be rested for first One-Day International clash

Johnson tormented the England batting line-up during the 5-0 Ashes whitewash

England captain Alastair Cook looks dejected as Australia celebrates their Ashes triumph after the fifth Test

Ashes 2013-14: Ian Botham 'embarrassed' by Alastair Cook's 'spineless' England after series whitewash

Cook's side were ruthlessly brushed aside Down Under

Andy Murray begins the new season in Doha this week

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Tim Henman thinks Andy Murray could become a better player than ever after his back surgery but believes his successor as British No 1 may need time to hit peak form. With the Australian Open just 14 days away, Murray will play his first tournament since September here at this week’s Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

James Anderson appeals for the wicket of George Bailey, who went for a duck in the first innings of the Fourth Test

Ashes 2013-14: James Anderson: We’re hungry to get something out of tour

Anderson was back in the wickets as England reduced Australia to 164-9 leaving the tourists with a 91 run lead

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