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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.

Flintoff says Ashes victory would surpass 2005

Andrew Flintoff is preparing to put his body on the line one last time in pursuit of a victory he believes will put even his great deeds of 2005 in the shade.

Bopara backed despite Ashes woes

Ravi Bopara remains the "future of English cricket" despite being dropped for this week's Ashes decider at The Oval.

Jessica Ennis: 'She always wanted to stand on top of a podium'

Jessica Ennis's gold medal prompts celebrations back home in Sheffield

Alarm bells ring for Strauss on worst day at office

There are times when captaining the England cricket team must be like joy on earth for Andrew Strauss. And then there was Friday 7 August, when just about the only thing that went right for him until well after tea was not getting lost while driving to Headingley. Although come to think of it...

Prior grateful for Australian grace over back injury

Matt Prior last night thanked Australia for granting him the few minutes' grace that made the difference between playing in the fourth Test and being forced to miss it.

Australia in command against shoddy England

Australia captain Ricky Ponting hit 78 as England made a disastrous start to the penultimate Test of the npower Ashes series.

North hopes Flintoff is fit for Leeds

After third Test fightback batsman wants Australia to 'beat full-strength England'

Trott and Sidebottom get England call

England have called up uncapped Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott as possible cover for all-rounder Andrew Flintoff for this week's fourth Ashes Test at Headingley.

Clarke summons grit and grandeur to deny England

Australia 263 & 375-5 England 376

Will mighty Flintoff ever be able to lord it again?

In one way Test cricket shares an imperative with the square ring of boxing. When an opponent is in trouble he needs to be finished off, otherwise he might start thinking not only of reprieve but maybe even full-scale resurrection.

Ashes banter nothing new says Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff is confident relations between England and Australia have not been damaged by the tough battle to secure a result in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston.

Revitalised Harmison refuses to give up hope of Test recall

Contrary to reports of his impending retirement Steve Harmison yesterday gave formal notice that he intends to bowl on.

Ponting feels Ashes heat

England scent victory after Flintoff's heroics with the bat / Swann removes Australia captain to set up thrilling final day

The ten best iconic celebrations

With his arms spread out wide and a look of triumph on his face, Andrew Flintoff's celebration during the second Test at Lords could well be the image that defines this Ashes series.

A nation's focus rests on Freddie's dodgy knee

England's talisman faces an uncertain run-up to the third Ashes Test
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