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Australia coach backs Ricky Ponting to play in Ashes

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Australia 328 & 259 West Indies 218 & 294 (Australia win by 75 runs)

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Secret Service agents sacked over prostitutes

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Carlton Baugh fumble saves Mike Hussey

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Bageye at the Wheel, By Colin Grant

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Market Report: North Sea platform's gas leak hits energy giants

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