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There was, for the first time in his Test career and perhaps his life, a moment’s hesitation in Ben Stokes. He had come off the field after taking 6 for 99 in his fourth Test match and was asked if he relished the fray.

England won't risk Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff's determination to play in next week's Edgbaston Ashes Test and beyond will not be at the jeopardy of the team.

Exclusive: Pietersen is out of Ashes but Flintoff vows to play

Key batsman undergoes urgent surgery on injured Achilles as all-rounder pledges to see out series despite long-term effects

Andrew Flintoff: 'For cricket's sake, we must play fewer Tests'

In the first major interview since he announced his retirement, the all-rounder talks to Stephen Brenkley about the rise of Twenty20, and how it will feel to see England play without him

Lee doubtful for third Test

Australia will assess fast bowler Brett Lee's fitness over the coming days amid doubt he will be available for the third Test.

Flintoff warning to jubilant England

Andrew Flintoff has warned England not to become complacent following their emphatic second Test victory over Australia as they attempt to emulate the stunning 2005 Ashes triumph.

Australian angle: Clarke comes of age in a fading side

Peter Roebuck of the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age writes from Lord's

Swann confident despite Australia comeback

England spinner Graeme Swann remains confident the hosts can win the second npower Ashes Test despite Australia's stubborn resistance today.

Sarah Sands: It's showbiz, Arlene, not a human rights crusade

The sacking of the 66-year-old Arlene Phillips as a Strictly Come Dancing judge is described as "absolutely shocking" by the Equalities Minister Harriet Harman, who has been much more sanguine in her assessment of the benefits of the war in Afghanistan. These are the priorities of our age.

Pietersen and Co fail to carry burden of history

England 364-6 v Australia

Flintoff takes a pedalo ride into the future

Duncan Fletcher is unlikely to see the funny side. But Andrew Flintoff has decided to jump back aboard his pedalo and head into Ashes action against Australia. Well, sort of.

Harmison's instant impact puts Durham on top

Durham 356 Nottinghamshire 171

England wins toss and bats in second Ashes test

England won the toss and opted to bat first in the second test at Lord's on Thursday, as England made one change to the team that earned a tense draw in the first match.

Ponting tries to move on from Cardiff controversy

Ricky Ponting the peacemaker arrived like the Seventh Cavalry yesterday. Just when it seemed everybody was getting too hot under the collar about gamesmanship, brinkmanship and more other kinds of ship than there are in Her Majesty's Navy, Australia's captain wisely decided it was time to stop.

Angus Fraser: Farewell, Freddie... Flintoff calls time on his Test career

With bat, ball or pint in hand, all-rounder does nothing by half – so it's right to stop after the Ashes

Stephen Brenkley: Flintoff the great

As 'our Fred' announces his retirement from Test cricket, it's time to review his enduring influence
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