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Ashes 2013-14: Australia bowler Mitchell Johnson dyes his moustache

Australia’s fast bowler and chief tormentor of England Mitchell Johnson has blown away the opposition in the 2013-14 Ashes Series with a flurry of aggressive bouncers and famous stone-cold stare, but those at the crease tomorrow may be forgiven for having a cheeky snigger back towards him.

Ashes Diary: McGrath is sure series will swing back to Aussies

His cricketing days may be behind him but Glenn McGrath isn't ready to hang up his sledging boots quite yet. With England having retained the Ashes in Melbourne, McGrath – who, it transpires, was able to enjoy such a long career thanks to the genetic benefit of extremely strong bones – refused to be downbeat when he spoke to reporters at the SCG, predicting an Aussie win and a tied series. "It's been a funny old summer with Australia dominating then England dominating, then Australia dominating. It's just such a topsy-turvy pattern there, it's the way it goes," he said.

Ricky Ponting concedes powers are fading

Heart-broken after failing to regain the Ashes, Ricky Ponting was forced to admit the captaincy issue was out of his hands and his powers with the bat may be on the wane.

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We can repeat Ashes whitewash, says Ponting

Having last been seen losing to Pakistan, Ricky Ponting has opened the phoney war ahead of the Ashes by declaring that his side are capable of a clean sweep in the five-Test series that begins in November.