Shane Watson hit a century in Australia’s final Ashes warm-up

Shane Watson hits a century as Australia's batsmen enjoyed productive first day in final Ashes warm-up against Worcestershire

These Australian tourists may not be of the finest vintage but they can still draw a crowd. Despite cold, blustery conditions, there were few empty seats here. It is a tradition, too, for the Australians to win this game with a bit of a swagger, which may well be the outcome this time.

Video: Mock the Week stars give their support for England ahead of the Ashes

Comedians from hit BBC panel show Mock the Week have given their support to England ahead of the Investec Ashes Series, which begins on 10 July at Trent Bridge.

35-year-old veteran Chris Rogers will open the batting in the Ashes series which begins next week

Ashes 2013: 'One-Test wonder' Chris Rogers is Darren Lehmann’s choice to open batting for Australia

In less than a week Darren Lehmann has transformed Australia. It may not mean that they regain the Ashes but their new coach has swiftly declared his hand.

Joe Root still reluctant to open up about night he faced David Warner's fists

As Joe Root learnt, almost to the cost of his angelic face, as an England opener in the Ashes the old enemy will throw every-thing at you. From bouncers and beamers to bunches of fives in Birmingham, to survive the hostility in the opening over of the opening Test on your Ashes debut requires temperament.

Pietersen must wait until the opening Ashes Test next month to make his first appearance

Kevin Pietersen's return delayed as rain ruins final T20 game

Kevin Pietersen must wait until the opening Ashes Test next month to make his first international appearance of the summer after only two balls were possible in England's second Twenty20 international against New Zealand last night.

Trisha Munroe, 22, and Taylor-Grace were last seen when they left home in Lawrence Weston in Bristol yesterday

Bristol mother missing with three-year-old daughter

The pair were heading to Castle Park in Bristol but have not been seen since

Wimbledon 2013: Defending champion Roger Federer begins quest for eighth title in style

17-time major winner romped to victory in just one hour and eight minutes, beating Victor Hanescu 6-3 6-2 6-0

Mickey Arthur sacked as coach of Australia: The reaction on Twitter

News comes just days from the start of the Ashes

Jack Nowell scores the try that launched England’s dramatic second-half fightback

England juniors conquer world with win over Wales

England Under-20s became Junior World Champions on Sunday for the first time after fighting back from a 12-point half-time deficit to defeat Wales Under-20s 23-15 in Vannes, France. It was a double first for England who also became the first team from the northern hemisphere to win the tournament.

The science of giving back: An MSc in social work

It's sometimes thought that undergraduate life is too closeted to provide any real preparation for the world of work. One career path that illustrates this neatly is social work. How could life in lecture theatres, seminars and nightclubs prepare a 21-year-old for the potential anguish and grit of social work?

A B De Villiers urged the ICC to look at why England get early reverse swing

Champions Trophy: AB De Villiers stokes suspicions of England ball-tampering

The most significant aspect of ball-tampering scares is that they do not fade away easily. Once the finger of suspicion has been pointed it tends to stay pointed, which made it inevitable that it would be raised before the first semi-final of the Champions Trophy.

Two teenagers arrested over stabbing murder of 17-year-old boy in Bristol

Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a 17-year-old boy.

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt: 'The proposals cannot go ahead in their current form'

Fury at Jeremy Hunt’s U-turn on child heart units

Specialists warn patients will suffer as Health Secretary suspends rationalisation plan

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Manchester United and Arsenal target Cesc Fabregas keen to stay at Barcelona

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas wants to prove a point to critics and fight for his place at the Nou Camp.

'It was just one of those difficult days that you have,' Button said

F1: Jenson Button lays blame on McLaren for torrid time

The former world champion finished 12th in Canada

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