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.

Nervy Strauss has played into tourists' hands

Despite the great escape, Andrew Strauss is precisely where Australia want him after his first Test as an Ashes captain: under pressure as a batsman as well as a leader.

Australian angle: Ponting knows McGrath would have got it done

Although they came extremely close on a thrilling last day, the Australians were unable to take the eight wickets needed to secure victory on a soporific Sophia Gardens pitch. A runout was missed, a few appeals rent the air but in the end the home team escaped the noose. Victory does not always go to the deserving. Rather it must be grabbed by the ambitious, seized by the hungry and retained by the desperate.

'We played by the spirit of the game' says Ponting

Australian captain attacks England's time-wasting tactics in the closing overs

High time Strauss changed his tune

England's skipper must forget about 2005 and find a gameplan to tackle what is a very different Australia team

Phil Tufnell: 'It's got to be a team effort'

Former England bowler Phil Tufnell looks ahead to this years Ashes, confident that if the England team can fire in all departments, the nation could be celebrating come the end of the series.

Ponting excited by vibrancy of Australian youth

Tourists' captain says he is confident his hungry young side can take home the urn

James Lawton: England must hold nerve as they face ultimate test

It cannot be said that the cricketers of England and Australia are overburdened by expectation when a new Ashes series starts, quaintly, in Cardiff this morning. From the English perspective, at least, what began to happen at Lord's four years ago, when Glenn McGrath bowled like a god and his scattered opponents resolved, successfully, to fight back, is probably beyond reach.

Angus Fraser on Ashes mind games

Twenty years ago, Angus Fraser made his Test debut in the midst of an Ashes series. He looks back on the intensity of competition, the agony of watching England bat, humiliation at the hands of Aussie fans and the tears he shed along the way.

Bruce Anderson: The Ashes are the Aussies' to lose

The Australians would drink warm beer before taking England seriously

Ponting wants to heal Ashes pain

Ricky Ponting has just about everything an international cricketer could crave on his CV - and one thing no Australian wants.

Clarke delivers Ashes warning to England fans

By the time it is all done, the Australians will be as familiar as a pair of old slippers. It will be as though they have always been there in the corner of our lives. Whether they will be quite as cosy will depend entirely on results in the next 17 weeks.

Ponting leads side trying to get back on front foot

Captain is not only tourist out of form but England still face struggle to lift urn

England undaunted by Australia's Ashes squad

Respect rather than fear was the English reaction to the announcement of Australia's Ashes squad.

Fresh faces offer hope as Aussies name Ashes men

So much seems to impede Australia. Of their much-awaited squad for the 2009 Ashes announced yesterday, 11 have never been on an Ashes tour, eight have played fewer than 10 Test matches, seven are more than thirty years old, only five were part of the team that hounded England from pillar to post and won 5-0 two years ago.

Sarwan brings the best out of Broad

It was only the tiniest taste of what can be expected a couple of months down the line. But, having had life far too easy during this mismatch of a series, England were at least made to work for most of their successes yesterday on the green and pleasant ground below Lumley Castle.

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