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Australia spin bowler Nathan Lyon picked up five wickets during England's second innings

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Spinner picked up possibly the easiest five-wicket-haul that he will get in his career thanks to England's incompetence a the crease

Former England head coach and all-rounder David Lloyd

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Jacques Kallis celebrates after reaching his half-century in his final Test match for South Africa

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The Indian team paid tribute to Kallis as the South African walked out for his final innings before his retirement from Test cricket

England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow could not explain why England had suffered yet another batting collapse in the Fourth Test

Ashes 2013-14: Jonny Bairstow lost for words in explaining England's dire batting performance that could cost them Test win

Having been 65-0, England collapsed once again to finish their second innings 179 all-out and set Australia 231 for victory

Nathan Lyon of Australia celebrates with team-mates after Ryan Harris of Australia takes a catch to dismiss Kevin Pietersen of England during day three of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground

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Top order show neglect and tail are blown away again as tourists fail to take control to prevent whitewash, writes Stephen Brenkley in Melbourne

Chris Rogers is left bleeding after being hit by a Stuart Broad delivery
James Anderson appeals for the wicket of George Bailey, who went for a duck in the first innings of the Fourth Test

Ashes 2013-14: James Anderson: We’re hungry to get something out of tour

Anderson was back in the wickets as England reduced Australia to 164-9 leaving the tourists with a 91 run lead

Piers Morgan attempts to avoid a Brett Lee bouncer aimed at his head, with little success

Piers Morgan hit four times in six balls in his Ashes showdown with former Australia bowler Brett Lee

England's biggest critic attempts to show Alastair Cook's boys how it's done - with minimal success

England celebrate after Stuart Broad takes the wicket of Ryan Harris late on day two

Ashes 2013-14: At last, England find discipline with ball to rattle the Aussies

England lead by 91 runs: Stokes adds depth to tourists’ bowling after Pietersen baffles again with poor shot

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England's top order once again collapsed after they looked set to build towards a good score with Kevin Pietersen the only one to push on past 50

Ian Bell in the nets ahead of the Fourth Ashes Test against Australia at the MCG

Ian Bell on Ashes 2013-14: I don't think anyone expected the series to be over so quick, but we'll be back

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