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Cricket: Survival of fittest awaits Ashes squad

ACCORDING TO the spin doctors of their tourist board, Australia is a pleasant country of barbecues, beaches and cuddly koalas. For the 17 members of England's cricket team announced this morning at Lord's the reality will be quite different and several months of hardship await, particularly if Shane Warne is fit enough to do some spinning of his own.

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Cricket: England edged out in thrilling finish

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Cricket: Bad back forces Thorpe home

GRAHAM THORPE returned home from England's tour of the West Indies on Tuesday night with a back injury. Thorpe has been troubled by the injury since the Barbados Test match.

Cricket: Knight's century proves decisive

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Cricket: Mark of class at end of a seven-year hitch

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