Sport Mitchell Johnson has died his moustache pink for charity ahead of the third day of the fifth and final Ashes Test

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.

James Pattinson took four for 53

Australia snatch victory in first Test against India

Australia's pace attack produced a bowling display reminiscent of the side's era of dominance as they swept India aside to secure a 122-run victory in the first Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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Though a brilliant century by Mahela Jayawardena briefly threatened to derail them, Australia clinched a comfortable, 125-run victory over Sri Lanka in Galle on Saturday. Five-wicket hauls for debutant Nathan Lyon and Ryan Harris spun and swung the advantage to the tourists; but the decisive factor was Sri Lanka's weak bowling attack, which at times looked about as threatening as that of Weybridge 2nd XI.

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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.

Ashes Diary: Will Ricky follow McGrath's example?

When England won back the Ashes at The Oval in 2005, the crowd taunted Glenn McGrath about his pre-series prediction of a 5-0 triumph for the tourists. Sportingly, he smiled and held up two fingers on both hands to suggest his prediction had changed a little but Australia would still have the last laugh. It's hard to believe Ricky Ponting will try something similar at Sydney, but for the record here's what he had to say back in August when asked if his side could win the Ashes 5-0: "It's absolutely possible, there's no reason why not. It's all in our hands. It's how well we play and how well we take charge of different situations. We've learnt from the mistakes that we've made."

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.

Geraint Jones: 'There are no good memories for me of that match in Perth'

Four years ago the wicketkeeper was part of the England side that surrendered the urn at the Waca. The pain remains, he tells Will Hawkes

Ashes Diary: Cooley suffers reverse-swing of fortunes

Remember Troy Cooley? He was the reverse-swing whizz who played such a key role in England's victory in 2005.

Mark Steel: This is like the first time you see your dad drunk

My Ashes: By the end the Australians seemed so perplexed they looked as if they had started playing for a hobby, having been bought a bat and a lesson for their birthdays.

Australia's problem? Ponting is a better leader than captain

The Australian angle: It's not enough to inspire. The Grand Old Duke of York could do that. Ponting's task is to find the balance between attack and defence. It eludes him

James Lawton: Trott sets the standard with quest for perfection

For Australia, striking early has come to mean only the arrival of Jonathan Trott

James Lawton: Ponting staggered by golden duck but never count out a true fighter

Australian captain wants to avenge last summer so badly it has become a fight to hang on to his identity
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