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The Australia spin legend Shane Warne has singled out the country's bowlers as the key concern after their long reign as the world's best side was all but ended by defeat to South Africa in Melbourne. Australia crashed to a nine-wicket loss at the MCG on Tuesday to suffer a first home series defeat since 1992-93.

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It was at 3pm yesterday that the need to get Andrew Flintoff back in the England team became apparent to captain Michael Vaughan. England had had an excellent morning reducing South Africa to 83 for 4. Ryan Sidebottom, James Anderson and Stuart Broad had all performed well, picking up a wicket each and bowling with far greater skill and intelligence than their much-vaunted South African counterparts.

Ponting praises new-look side's winning touch

The Australia captain Ricky Ponting, pleased with a 2-0 series victory over West Indies secured with a win in the third Test on Monday, said they remained a team that knows how to win when it matters most.

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When the news first came through, it was difficult to know whether to laugh or cry. Simon Jones, one of the band of four England pacemen who helped them win the Ashes in 2005, was injured again.

Toiler's luck finally changes

Ryan Sidebottom is unlikely to be remembered as one of England's all-time great bowlers. Time is not on his side. He is 30 and is not a natural athlete. Matthew Hoggard and Stephen Harmison, the two bowlers he has carried for the past year, do not have to fear that he will surpass their tally of victims.

New Zealand 470 England 87-2: Harmison on the brink as England fail to impress

Stephen Harmison should privately be hoping that England get bowled out in their first innings over the course of the next two days. Not for 250, so that New Zealand can enforce the follow-on and make England bat again, but for 420-plus.

Stephen Fleming: 'The key will be to take the emotion out of it – and win'

New Zealand's record scorer in Test cricket, is embarking on his final series against a foe he knows inside out, writes Angus Fraser

Gilchrist to retire as record-breaker who revolutionised glove-man's role

Adam Gilchrist revolutionised the role of a wicketkeeper. Before his Test debut in 1999, wicketkeepers were expected to bat competently at seven or eight, averaging between 28 and 35, but it was their glove work that mattered most. All that changed when Gilchrist, who will retire from Test cricket at the end of today's play in Adelaide, began dispatching bowlers into the top tiers of stands at Test and one-day venues.

Racism row leaves India on brink of quitting Australia

The international game lurched towards a major crisis yesterday when India threatened to suspend their tour of Australia. The threat comes in the wake of the International Cricket Council's decision to hit Harbhajan Singh, the Indian spinner, with a three-Test ban for making a racist remark to Andrew Symonds, the only non-white player in the Australian side, during the ill-tempered second Test in Sydney.

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