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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.

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The iQuiz part two: In pictures

Tuesday's iQuiz first round was as hotly contested as ever - and it's been memorialised on film.

Chris Rogers smashed his way to a double hundred yesterday

Chris Rogers raps out an Ashes message with double ton

Middlesex 166 & 514-8 Surrey 338 & 85-1 Match drawn

Graeme Swann took four wickets and made a brave half-century

Graeme Swann escapes ban despite 'serious dissent'

England bowler penalised for actions in comeback game for Nottinghamshire against Durham

Graeme Swann took four wickets and made a brave half-century

Graeme Swann's day spoilt by Phil Mustard cutting a dash for Durham

Nottinghamshire 320 & 333 Durham 471 & 184-4 (Durham win by six wickets)

Durham’s Mark Wood on his way to an unbeaten 58 yesterday

Mark Wood right at home to torment Notts yet again

Nottinghamshire 320 & 145-5 Durham 471

Joe Root showed his class with 182 to help Yorkshire to victory

Round-Up: Warwickshire draw strength from escape at Somerset

Warwickshire pulled off an unlikely escape act to salvage a draw as yesterday's sole remaining County Championship fixture produced a thriller in Taunton.

Nottinghamshire’s Graeme Swann bowls in the nets as he nears his return

James Taylor helps Notts cash in as Derbyshire get harsh lesson

Derbyshire 256 Nottinghamshire 325-5

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Never seemed ready for this series and his 73 in the second Test was untypically laboured. Perhaps it was the knee which forced him to leave the tour, perhaps something more deeply-seated.

Ashes 2013: Fears over fitness of Kevin Pietersen heighten

The batsman will miss the Champions Trophy

Cricket round-up: Shane Watson's Aussie turmoil

Ashes watch part one: Australia will begin this summer's Ashes series in England with a new vice-captain after Shane Watson, left, quit yesterday following a turbulent stint as Michael Clarke's deputy. The 31-year-old all-rounder was suspended during Australia's disastrous tour of India for failing to submit a written self-critique to coach Mickey Arthur. Watson stood in for Clarke as India completed a 4-0 series win with a six-wicket victory in Delhi. His own form has been patchy and he cited that as a reason for resigning. "I want to be the best Test player I can be and think I can do that by focusing my attention on scoring runs and taking wickets."

Man faces British court over 'Facebook threats to kill 200 in US'

A British man who allegedly posted on Facebook threats to kill 200 people in America appeared before a crown court judge today.

County Championship round-up: It's an Aussie one-two as Ed Cowan pips George Bailey to 50

The first County Championship half-century of an Ashes summer was scored, appropriately, by an Australian, pipping another to the mark by moments. Ed Cowan, the man likely to open the batting for Michael Clarke's team in the first Test at Trent Bridge in July, marked his first appearance on that ground for Nottinghamshire by passing 50 in the 20th over against Middlesex, an over ahead of George Bailey, Australia's Twenty20 captain, on his Hampshire debut against Leicestershire at the Ageas Bowl. Bailey fell seven runs short of a debut century.

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