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

Sri Lanka level series against South Africa

Sri Lanka levelled their series in South Africa with victory by 208 runs on the fourth day of the second Test at Durban.

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.

Kumar Sangakkara's century has put Sri Lanka in control in Durban

Sangakkara adds to South Africa's problems at home

South Africa's aim of challenging England's status as the world's No 1 Test side is in danger of again being undermined by their inability to win at home. They have not recorded a series success on their own soil for three years and, facing a deficit of 426 runs with two days remaining of the second Test in Durban, have plenty of batting to do if they are to prevent Sri Lanka levelling the series.

Ben Hilfenhaus claimed his first Test five-wicket haul

India hit back over Hilfenhaus exploits

Australia 333 & 179-8 India 282

Tendulkar was bowled superbly by Peter Siddle for a dashing 73 from 98 deliveries, three balls before stumps at the MCG

Tendulkar falls short of landmark century

Australia 333 India 214-3

James Caan: Pakistan, at long last, may have found the leader it needs

Imran brings something so extraordinary that he may well be our best shot at good fortune

Rickey Ponting, right, of Australia is congratulated by teammate Ed Cowan

Test evenly poised after controversial first day

Australia 277-6 v India

'I feel very lucky. It’s quite easy to come into a team that’s doing so well, everyone firing on all cylinders' Tim Bresnan

Tim Bresnan: England's lucky charm

Dismissed early on as a "chubby lad from Pontefract", Tim Bresnan has now won all 10 Tests he has played for England and deserves his place as an authentic Ashes hero. He talks to Stephen Brenkley

Ed Cowan at a nets session ahead of the MCG Boxing Day Test with India

Cowan the latest new boy for evolving Aussies

Australia used to catch the eye because they were so good, but times have changed.

Steyn reached the 250 Test wickets milestone, in his 49th Test

Steyn races to Test milestone as South Africa seize control

Dale Steyn became the second-quickest bowler to 250 Test wickets as South Africa assumed control after just one day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Centurion.

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Shane Warne confident of return despite burning fingers while cooking

Shane Warne is confident he will be fit to make his return to cricket in Australia's revamped Twenty20 competition this weekend despite burning his bowling hand while cooking.

Rohit Sharma fails to see India to win

Rohit Sharma hit 95 but it was not enough to prevent India suffering their first defeat in 12 one-day internationals on home soil as West Indies kept the five-match series alive with a 16-run victory in Ahmedabad.

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England team director Andy Flower wins two coaching awards

England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive David Collier has praised the work of England team director Andy Flower after he claimed two awards last night at the 2011 UK Coaching Awards.

Jimmy Hill took the nation’s jokes on the chin but he deserves much greater recognition as one of football’s great innovators

Brian Viner: Hill's Sky-Blue thinking was ahead of times

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Mixed martial arts trainer - and fighter - Giorgio Andrews puts the Middlesex players through their paces

Pre-season training: It's just not cricket

Angus Fraser recalls it being all about Mike Gatting failing the bleep test and Phil Tufnell smoking a fag as he hid behind a hedge. Now his Middlesex charges report back in November and are put through their paces by a cage fighter

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
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Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

When two worlds collide

Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
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