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Afghanistan considers that Pakistan holds significant influence over Taliban, who are believed to launch attacks from bases in the country

Rajan's Wrong-un: Battered Ponting is a Waugh victim

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Andrew Flintoff returns to club cricket with Penwortham

Andrew Flintoff is on the verge of making a remarkable comeback after signing for Penwortham in Lancashire's Palace Shield.

Sports stars who revealed they were gay

England wicket-keeper Steven Davies has today revealed that he is gay, becoming the first cricketer to come out publicly.

Murray in the mood to make history

As two 23-year-olds lock horns in today's Australian Open final, the burden of expectation is on Andy's shoulders – but true Brit can take the weight

Prior relishing World Cup challenge

Matt Prior is confident he will prove the England selectors right following his recall for the World Cup.

Keith Andrew: Highly respected cricketer who captained Northamptonshire during the most successful period in their history

Cricket's wicketkeepers come in two types: the extrovert acrobats and the quiet, unnoticed ones who do it all with anticipation and deft glovework.

Dom Joly: Sir KP MP, knight in shining armour, at the service of a PM on a sticky wicket

Weird World of Sport: 'I could do the same for the economy as I do for cricket, storming out ofthe pavilion to sort everything out. You got a deficit? I'll just whack it out of the ground'

'We've been doing everything we can but they have outplayed us,' says Watson

Australia could have no complaints. They had none. Shane Watson, one of their partial successes in a wretched Ashes campaign, took it on the chin and then some.

Tendulkar battles to fine century

Sachin Tendulkar hit yet another century while Dale Steyn grabbed five wickets to set up a scintillating day three of the third Test at Newlands, which ended with two late Harbhajan Singh wickets reducing South Africa to 52 for 2.

ICC could turn to lie detector tests, Lorgat

International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat has not ruled out using lie detector tests for cricketers in a bid to rid the game of cheats.

Anderson stands tall as England's king of swing

There was once a quiet kid who bowled for England with shoulders like the economy.

Leading article: Australia in search of its phoenix

In the small hours of the morning in Britain, before lunch on the other side of the world, it was all euphoria among England fans and all despair among Australians. Where England were raising their champagne glasses, the Aussies were crying into their cups. Retaining, as opposed to simply winning, the Ashes is a feat achieved once in a generation. For the fortunate few, this was a moment to savour. Andrew Strauss and his team deserved their rapturous celebrations.

Australian media reaction to Ashes defeat

Australia's newspapers have been carrying out a post-mortem after England retained the Ashes with a crushing innings and 157-run victory in the fourth Test at the MCG.

England on verge of retaining the Ashes

England are closing in on the Ashes. After a third day of high excitement in front of a packed MCG they were left needing only four more Australian wickets to secure victory in the Fourth Test and ensure they retain the precious trophy won last year at home.

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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

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In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
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Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
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From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

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Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

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Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
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Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

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