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

England could select fit-again bowler Tim Bresnan after he recovered from a stress fracture in his lower back

Ashes 2013-14: England bowler Tim Bresnan declares himself ready and raring to go ahead of Second Test

Bresnan has recovered from a stress fracture to his lower back and could feature in the Second Test in Adelaide later this week

England batting coach Graham Gooch has called on the team to show a 'will' to win at Adelaide

Ashes 2013-14: Batting coach Graham Gooch wants England to rediscover their 'will' to win and get campaign back on track

The Ashes holders went behind early in the series after defeat at Brisbane but Gooch wants players to put in the hard work to correct the situation

All-rounder Tim Bresnan is fit enough to return to the England squad for their Second Ashes Test against Australia

Ashes 2013-14: Tim Bresnan back in England squad for second Test against Australia

Bresnan has returned to fitness after recovering from a stress fracture in his back

Australian opener Chris Rogers said he expected the ‘verbals’ to start again

Ashes 2013-14: Get ready for more sledging in Adelaide

Chris Rogers said it was good that Australia had the upper hand after their experiences in England

Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell together in Perth

Ian Bell on Ashes 2013-14: All we want is to see Trotty back on a cricket field again with a smile on his face

My being on the BBC shortlist shows the impact of success in the Ashes

Nathan Lyon claims the spoils of victory at The Gabba

Ashes 2013-14: How Nathan Lyon the former groundsman turned out to be a cut above Graeme Swann

The last time England were in Adelaide for an Ashes Test, Graeme Swann, during pre-match nets, passed on a few words of advice to a young off-spinner, who was combining trying to make his way in the game with earning a living tending to the turf at the Adelaide Oval. It is a very different surface Swann will bowl on this week when the second Test gets under way and it is also a very different Nathan Lyon who will be pulling on a baggy green cap rather than the overalls of a groundsman.

New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams will pose a huge threat to the Australians in tthes World Cup final at Old Trafford – but can he help them retain their crown?

Rugby League World Cup final: Australia eager for revenge against New Zealand

While the New Zealand coach, Stephen Kearney, is doing his best to give his world champions the tag of underdogs before Saturday’s World Cup final against Australia, Kangaroos forward Greg Bird is having none of it.

Mitchell Johnson claims that England are ‘rattled’ by his hostile fast bowling

Ashes 2013-14: More bouncers are on the way for second Test, says Mitchell Johnson the destroyer

As if he had not done enough damage, Mitchell Johnson verbally bounced England on Wednesday. In a press conference in Perth, his home town, the fastest bowler in the world announced that Australia would continue bouncing their opponents.

Wales’ Alex Cuthbert is back from injury and hoping to repeat his Lions try against Australia

Wales v Australia: British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland warns: These Aussies are different

Decision making in rugby is not always of the highest order: as the pathetic failure of leadership at Heineken Cup level demonstrates all too painfully, it is only on an unusually good day that some of those running the sport aspire to mediocrity. Yet Warren Gatland, who masterminded the British and Irish Lions victory in Australia last summer, believes the new Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie made an inspired and brave call in throwing the disciplinary book at 15 members of his tour squad last week.

Alastair Cook and Andy Flower must mastermind another comeback

Ashes 2013-14: Memories of Frank Tyson and Indian fightback soothe battered England squad following departure of Jonathan Trott

The tourists must come from behind if they are to win a fourth successive Ashes series

Michael Clarke of Australia and Alastair Cook of England look on before day one of the First Ashes Test

Ashes 2013-14: England and Australia ordered to tone down sledging war following departure of Jonathan Trott

Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke will be spoken to by the match referee before the start of the second Test

Michael Clarke and James Anderson

Ashes 2013-14: A sledge too far - is it time to declare an end to such hostilities following the departure of Jonathan Trott?

A guy threatening another guy with physical violence – I think it’s just not cricket, not the cricket I grew up loving

The tone in the Sky Sports commentary box these days is like a dressing-room banter free-for-all

Sport on TV: David Gower flies in face of all the old captains who lower tone

The first session of the First Test has often proved a pivotal passage of play in Ashes series Down Under. Even the first ball; Steve Harmison’s wide to second slip in 2006, or Michael Slater smashing Phil DeFreitas through cover point for four in 1994. It tends to “set the tone”, as the pundits like to say – and the tone in the Sky Sports commentary box these days is like a dressing-room banter free-for-all.

Michael Carberry looks on dejected after being dismissed by Mitchell Johnson for 40 runs

Ashes 2013-14: 'Mitchell Johnson was one of the quickest I've faced,' says Michael Carberry

Batsman top scored for England in their first innings at the Gabba with 40

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