News Dr Andrew Davis claims rival camps in the debate over how to teach children to read are acting like 'religious fundamentalists'

Children who are fluent readers are being damaged by the Government’s insistence on using synthetic phonics in the classroom, a leading academic warns today.

Ryan Harris embodies everything that is required of the perfect team cricketer

Adam Gilchrist on the Ashes: Despite the Ashes defeat Ryan Harris and Chris Rogers have been winners

The Aussie Angle: These thirtysomethings show what is required to be quality Test players

Mooen Ali on his way to 61 against the Australians yesterday

Ashes 2013: England look to Chris Tremlett for injection of new pace

Squad for final Ashes Test delayed as injuries to Bresnan and Onions leave unfilled vacancies

Surrey given Hashim Amla boost

Surrey's hopes of avoiding relegation from the First Division of the County Championship have been boosted by the signing of South Africa's Hashim Amla, currently rated as the best Test and ODI batsman in the world.

'Highly intelligent' schoolboy jailed for life for attempting to kill 12-year-old girl by 'gutting her like a pig' after she spurned sexual advances

Cameron Cleland lured the girl to a secluded Yorkshire lane where he tried to kill her with a blunt pen-knife

Stuart Broad is congratulated following the dismissal of Brad Haddin
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On his day he is easily one of the best bowlers in the world and fortunately for England this was Broad’s Test. Has bowled well throughout the series, but was finally rewarded with a match-winning haul of 11 wickets in the game. If only he could produce performances like this more regularly.

Ashes 2013: The media reaction in Australia after England win the series

Stuart Broad comes in for much praise after his blistering performance in the fourth Test

Stepping out: England at Wormsley, the venue for the Test match today

10 reasons to watch the women's Ashes

The Test starts today and you should tune in, says England's Sarah Taylor

England's Sarah Taylor is the top-ranked batswoman in the world

England women ‘can’t wait’ for their chance to get at the Aussies

Form of Edwards and Taylor will be crucial factor in hosts’ chances of securing series win

Australia celebrate the controversial dismissal of Kevin Pietersen

Ashes 2013: International Cricket Council will not investigate allegations that players are 'cheating'

Governing body has confirmed it has no plans to follow-up claims in Australia that batsmen are using silicone tape to deceive Hot Spot technology

Surrey reach T20 semi-finals

Surrey booked their place in the Friends Life T20 Finals Day for the first time since 2006 after edging to a three-wicket win over Somerset in their quarter-final at The Oval.

James Anderson celebrates after England retain the Ashes

County Championship round-up: Graham Onions lords it over rivals

Bowler of the day Is there a better bowler in county cricket than Graham Onions? Statistically, the Sussex duo, Steve Magoffin and Chris Jordan, are leading the way this season, both passing the milestone of 50 first-class wickets in the match with Derbyshire. But they have only done what Onions has been doing year-on-year in a career in which he now has more than 400 first-class wickets following his 7 for 62 as Middlesex were dismissed for 168 at Lord's. Indeed, it is his favourite ground – outside his home patch at Chester-le-Street – having now taken 42 wickets from eight matches. The battle between Onions and Steven Finn, his England rival, has made for an intriguing sub-plot. Each dismissed the other, Finn getting Onions in both Durham's innings.

Chris Tremlett has been called up to the England squad for the third Test

Ashes 2013: Steve Finn dropped by ruthless England for Chris Tremlett

Onions also dropped as Taylor and Panesar are brought into squad for third Test that could clinch Ashes

Not the full Monty: Sussex spinner Monty Panesar has been out of form

Luke Wright’s brave stand cannot stop Middlesex

Sussex’s unbeaten record ends with a crushing ten-wicket defeat

Sport on TV: Meltdown as the long, hard road of summer unwinds

This has been such a busy few days of sport that they are all starting to melt into one another, and the heatwave is not helping the levels of concentration.

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