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Spin bowler Scott Borthwick has been linked with an England call-up for the final Ashes test

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Ashes 2013-14: Alastair Cook admits England 'haven't been good enough' and will consider captaincy

England have relinquished the urn after going 3-0 down in the series

Chris Chataway was the first winner of the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year in 1954

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Ashes 2013-14: Who should be picked for the second Test - Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance or Ben Stokes?

The three are vying for a place in the Test side following the departure of Jonathan Trott

The conversation: Former England cricketer Ian Botham gets down to (beefy) business and assesses our chances at The Ashes

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Former England bowler Steve Harmison announces retirement from cricket

Bowler was part of England's Ashes-winning team in 2005

Shane Watson sets off for a quick single on his way to 143
A shell-shocked Simon Kerrigan is comforted by England's senior spin bowler Graeme Swann

Kevin Garside on the Ashes: Australia feast on England's new boys as brutal Shane Watson flays Simon Kerrigan

There was no shortage of advice for the lad. Every punter in the gallery, even those in green and gold, would not have wished a repeat of the pre-lunch flogging administered to Simon Kerrigan. Pitch it up, son, bowl to your field and let fate take care of the rest.

James Anderson celebrates after England retain the Ashes
A positive mindset paid off for Usman Khawaja at Lord’s

Adam Gilchrist on the Ashes: It’s all between the ears – Australia's batsmen must copy England’s patient game

The Aussie Angle: Views of the former Australian cricketer and ESPNcricinfo Ashes columnist

Froome’s fighting spirit is earning him huge respect among fans still hooked on the Tour

Tour de France 2013: Why is it we love Sir Bradley Wiggins yet find current British Tour de France leader Chris Froome hard to warm to?

Wiggo was like watching paint dry but Froome is riding with pure panache and instinct

Andy Flower

Page 3 Profile: Andy Flower, England cricket coach

Another sporting Andy?

Steve Harmison takes it easy at Lord’s

Steve Harmison: Let Kevin Pietersen off leash and he will win the Ashes for England

Former England paceman tells Andrew Tong that batsmen will be key against Australia and Pietersen will lead the way

Australia has propelled a little-known bowler called Fawad Ahmed into the Ashes squad

The Light Roller: The leg-spinner's art can still stand the test of time

Can Fawad Ahmed turn things Australia's way? Lehman's zest must inspire Watson to earn his pips; Never trust the warm-up results

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That Puppet Game Show, hosted by Dougie Colon, will feature a range of new characters designed by the Jim Henson Company

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