Sport Kevin Pietersen can either wait for the IPL auction next month or play county cricket in England

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

Norfolk Island running on fumes as residents grapple with fuel shortage

The pace of life is always slow on Norfolk Island, a scenic speck of land in the Pacific Ocean settled by descendants of the Bounty mutineers.

Travel Challenge: A holiday in Queensland, Australia

Each week we invite three companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a two-week trip to Queensland in May. Prices are per person, based on two sharing. All include flights from Heathrow.

Williams served poorly and never found her range with groundstrokes

Years start to catch up with 'out of sorts' Serena in loss to Makarova

Serena Williams has won the Australian Open in the past despite being well short of peak fitness, but the years appeared to catch up with her yesterday. Despite carrying an ankle injury Williams had still been one of the favourites to win here, but the 30-year-old American was knocked out by Ekaterina Makarova, the world No 56.

Andy Murray took just 49 minutes to progress

Andy Murray flies into Australian Open quarter-finals

Even Andy Murray described his fourth-round victory here in the Australian Open today as "just boring". With Mikhail Kukushkin struggling to move because of a hip muscle problem following marathon five-set matches in the previous two rounds, Murray secured his passage in just 48 minutes as his Kazakh opponent retired when trailing 6-1, 6-1, 1-0.

Shadow play: Andy Murray serves on his way to victory over Michaël Llodra in Melbourne

After the fun, Andy Murray gets serious

'Workmanlike' Kazakhstani next as British No 1 gathers momentum at Australian Open

Serena recorded her 500th professional win

Serena Williams untroubled in win at Australian Open

Serena Williams said before the start of the Australian Open that even with just two warm-up matches under her belt she was ready for Melbourne Park. More than ready it seems.

Sam Stosur said after her first-round defeat: 'I'm very close to crying'

Hewitt heartens locals but Stosur loses out to nerves

Some things never change in Australian tennis. Lleyton Hewitt can usually be relied upon to put his fans through the wringer, while the weight of local expectations always sits heavily on the shoulders of Sam Stosur, the best Australian woman player for 30 years.

Elena Baltacha: Britain's No 1 could meet Kim Clijsters in the second round in Melbourne

Murray sees off teen Tomic

Top seed Andy Murray saw off the spirited challenge of Australian teenager Bernard Tomic to reach the final of the ATP Brisbane International.

Andy Murray grimaces during his win over Mikhail Kukushkin

Murray shrugs off laboured opener

Andy Murray's ring-rustiness was clear as he laboured to a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Mikhail Kukushkin in his first match of the year yesterday, but the world No 4 admitted afterwards: "I'm hoping I'm not going to play my best tennis this week."

Andy Murray (and Ivan Lendl will get together to prepare for the Australian Open

Murray confident Lendl's steel will bring Slam success

Hard-nosed former world No 1 hailed as an excellent choice to help Scot make the final breakthrough

Ivan Lendl won eight Grand Slams after losing four finals

Murray employs Grand Slam ace Lendl

Andy Murray has always had a reputation for unpredictability and the 24-year-old Scot yesterday sprang the biggest surprise of the tennis off-season by naming Ivan Lendl as his new coach.

Deals of the week: Cornwall, Bormio, Netflights

Cornish charm

The Roseland peninsula on Cornwall's southern shore offers quiet coves and craggy cliffs to explore. Here, in the tiny fishing village of Portloe, you'll find the Lugger Hotel, which currently has a winter offer of two nights with breakfast, a champagne cream tea and one dinner for £138 per person. The deal is valid for stays until the end of March (though with the exception of the half-term week, 10-19 February), but you'll have to book by this Friday to take advantage. Luggerhotel.co.uk

Controversial Club Call to be retained

Super League clubs have voted overwhelmingly to keep the controversial Club Call system next season. For the past two years, the highest-placed side reaching the last four of the play-offs has been able to choose their opponents.

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