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What a fine mess English cricket finds itself in. Yet for supporters of a certain age, the last two months in Australia have just been a return to normal service.

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 1 August 2013

Cook refuses to consider series win before third Test

James Taylor, left, goes for a quick single against Australia

Ashes 2013: England guard against complacency ahead of third Test against Australia

Selectors shake up squad as Panesar and Tremlett earn surprise recalls

Chris Tremlett has been called up to the England squad for the third Test

Ashes 2013: Steve Finn dropped by ruthless England for Chris Tremlett

Onions also dropped as Taylor and Panesar are brought into squad for third Test that could clinch Ashes

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Taylor has every chance of playing in the third Test at Old Trafford

Ashes 2013: James Taylor - From nowhere man to nearly man for England

Forgotten Notts batsman will face Aussies to prove himself in case Pietersen is not fit

England captain Alastair Cook says that winning is a habit

Ashes 2013: Don’t laugh, we can still win the series, insists captain Michael Clarke

As if a 347-run thrashing by England were not enough, Cricket Australia found themselves on Sunday having to respond to further remarks from the coach they sacked, Mickey Arthur, and to quell the storm created by derogatory tweets, credited to David Warner’s brother, about opening batsman Shane Watson.

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Ashes 2013: Kevin Pietersen ruled out of the rest of second Test putting Old Trafford participation into question

Batsman could miss third Test which gets underway on August 1 after he suffers a calf strain

Graeme Swann scored 28 valuable runs for England yesterday

Graeme Swann: This means far more to me than ‘tainted’ haul of 2010

Graeme Swann became the first England spinner to take five wickets in an Ashes Test at Lord’s for 79 years and admitted that he will cherish it far more than his “tainted” achievement in 2010.

Steve Smith (right) celebrates Matt Prior’s wicket, one of three he took late yesterday for Australia
Mickey Arthur (left) speaks to Shane Watson during his days as Australia coach

Dean Jones: Mickey Arthur should be looking at his own failings not revealing Aussie splits

Aussie Angle: Watson is a bit of a loner but the others should be able to cope with it

Froome’s fighting spirit is earning him huge respect among fans still hooked on the Tour

Tour de France 2013: Why is it we love Sir Bradley Wiggins yet find current British Tour de France leader Chris Froome hard to warm to?

Wiggo was like watching paint dry but Froome is riding with pure panache and instinct

The Australians celebrate dismissing Jonny Bairstow yesterday

Ashes 2013: There’s plenty to admire but jury is still out on Jonny Bairstow

England’s No 6 showed some glimpses but questions remain over his ability at top level

Ian Bell and Stuart Broad leave the field at the end of Day Three

Ashes 2013: Ian Bell and Stuart Broad steady the ship as England build decent target

Bell on verge of century at close of play on Day Three of the first Test

Ashes 2013: How the England wickets fell on Day One of the 1st Test

Australia stunned the hosts on the opening day of the series

Ed Cowan of Australia is caught off the bowling of Steven Finn

Ashes 2013: Wickets tumble on dramatic opening day at Trent Bridge

Report from the first day as England fight back after being bowled out

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