James Faulkner hit 54 from 42 balls for Australia on Saturday

Stephen Brenkley: Without Michael Clarke, Australia are engaged in an unequal struggle

Australia are up the creek. If Michael Clarke, their captain, remains unfit they will soon be without a paddle.

Lorenzo Insigne of Italy celebrates his goal - down the television camera lens
New Zealand's Martin Guptill is bowled out by James Tredwell

England v New Zealand 3rd ODI: Home side avoid whitewash with 34-run win

England put in a much-improved performance to beat New Zealand in the final game of their three-match series at Trent Bridge today.

Christian Wade will make his England Test debut on Saturday

Christian Wade: I will make England shirt mine

Christian Wade insists he is not just keeping the England shirt warm for Chris Ashton as he prepares to make his Test debut against Argentina on Saturday.

Andros Townsend
Stuart Broad celebrates his seven-wicket haul after the game is won (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

England bowlers Stuart Broad and Steven Finn to miss first two matches against New Zealand

The pace bowlers have both picked up injuries

Roy Hodgson has rejected Gary Lineker's claim that England's tactics against the Republic of Ireland were a 'step back to the dark ages'

'What are dark ages?' asks Roy Hodgson as he defends his tactics from Gary Lineker criticism

Coach surprised by criticism and says 'all that was missing against Ireland was second goal'

England manager Roy Hodgson
Michael Clarke claims he has put aside thoughts of the Ashes series

Michael Clarke weighs in on phoney Ashes war

Captain says focus is on Champions Trophy campaign rather than biggest event of summer

Thousands suffer in 'non-decent' homes

Nearly 460,000 families and more than 100,000 pensioners are living in potentially dangerous or seriously sub-standard rented homes, Labour said last night.

Alastair Cook prepares to sweep watched by wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum

Indyplus update: Cook claims 25th century

England captain Alastair Cook scored his 25th Test century on the fourth morning against New Zealand at Headingley.

Alastair Cook prepares to sweep watched by wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum

Alastair Cook eases to 25th Test century on the fourth morning against New Zealand

England captain Alastair Cook scored his 25th Test century on the fourth morning against New Zealand at Headingley.

Arsenal Ladies celebrate winning the FA Women's Cup

Arsenal 3 Bristol Academy 0 match report: Arsenal Ladies show men how it's done with FA Cup victory

It may be eight years since their male counterparts last won a trophy but Arsenal Ladies have no such problems. English football's most successful team lifted their 12th FA Women's Cup thanks to a comprehensive victory over Bristol Academy at Doncaster Rovers' Keepmoat Stadium.

A dejected Hartley leaves the pitch

Dylan Hartley faces anxious wait on Lions ban

Northampton Saints captain sent off after 'cheat' jibe in showpiece final defeat to Leicester Tigers

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