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Australia bowler Peter Siddle has warned England that the sledging onslaught will not stop anytime soon

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England stand-off Gareth Widdop has admitted they missed a massive opportunity in the semi-final defeat to New Zealand

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Australia captain Michael Clarke exchanges words with England's James Anderson

Ashes 2013-14: Australia captain Michael Clarke fined for 'using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting' towards England bowler James Anderson

The ICC have hit Clarke with a 20% fine of his match fee after his comments in the closing stages of the first Test in Brisbane

Kiwi polish: Shaun Johnson goes over in the last minute to score the winning try for New Zealand

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Shaun Johnson converts his own last-minute try to deny hosts a World Cup semi-final win

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New Zealand-born Rangi Chase has been dropped by England for the semi-final against the Kiwis

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England's coach, Steve McNamara, has bitten the bullet and dropped Rangi Chase for the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand on Saturday.

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The former royal editor of the News of the World warned a senior executive on the Murdoch-owned paper “We could all end up in jail” if payments to his police sources were traced, the Old Bailey has heard.

Mark Waugh celebrates reaching his century in the Ashes Test against England in Sydney in 1999

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There is the inescapable feeling that this Ashes will go to the wire. Perhaps it is born partly of Australia's wishful thinking after three straight series defeats; perhaps a one-sided rubber would be bad for the brand, for that is what the old urn has become.

John Terry will not be seen in an England shirt again

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Danny Mills suggested the former captain should come back into the fold

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A man and a teenage girl have suffered "serious injuries" after a school bus crash.

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