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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.

Glenn McGrath presents debutant Ashton Agar with his baggy green cap

Ashes 2013: Australia spring surprise selection with Ashton Agar: Who is he?

Do Australia have a secret weapon in their surprise Ashes selection, or is he just the latest in a long line of spinner flops since Shane Warne?

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 09 July 2013

Cook admits to  first Test nerves –and excitement

Andy Flower

Page 3 Profile: Andy Flower, England cricket coach

Another sporting Andy?

Trent Bridge is the venue for the first Test

The Light Roller: Ashes predictions

England will surely retain the urn but it won't be a thrashing; and Ian Bell is a man in need of Test match runs

Andy Flower: ‘Emotions play a big part in all our lives,’ said the England team director

Ashes 2013: Andy Flower and England to ride wave of emotion against Australia

Coach wants players to follow their hearts in first Test after naming Onions in 13-man squad

Kevin Pietersen: Back from injury

Ashes: Nick Compton dropped from England squad to face Australia as Kevin Pietersen returns

England today dropped opener Nick Compton from a 13-man squad to face Australia in next week's first Investec Test at Trent Bridge.

Australia's new coach, Darren Lehmann, (right) addresses the media alongside his captain, Michael Clarke (left)

Stephen Brenkley: Australia's Ashes meltdown runs deeper than ineffectual Mickey Arthur

It is difficult to understand what Australia are up to. This is largely because they do not have a clue either. In a sensational act of desperation, barely a fortnight before the start of the Ashes series, they have sacked their coach, Mickey Arthur and deprived their captain, Michael Clarke, of his selection duties.

The Sport Matrix: Monday 24 June 2013

Cook defiant after agonising final defeat to India

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Matt Butler: Why people take a neoprene and Lycra-clad journey to hell

View From The Sofa: Ironman 2013, Channel 4

County cricket: Adams shown door by Surrey after grim start

Chris Adams was sacked as team director by Surrey yesterday after a dire start to the season. The first-team coach, Ian Salisbury, was also relieved of his duties with immediate effect.

David Warner and Joe Root

Champions Trophy: Has Aussie attitude ever been so poor?

Standards in the tourists' dressing room have been slipping for ages, but they haven't been this low since 1987

Eoin Morgan walks off after losing his wicket to Mitchell McClenaghan

Champions Trophy: Can Eoin Morgan steer England out of ODI batting mire?

Since being duffed up by Australia four years ago, England have become formidable at home. They have lost the odd match but not one of the eight series, and although they have occasionally performed indifferently they have recovered.

England v New Zealand 1st ODI: England beaten comfortably by New Zealand

The hosts could only set a target of 227

Cook: 'I think the result vindicates the decision'

England v New Zealand Second Test: Defiant Alastair Cook defends his tactics after series victory at Headingley

Captain also suggests under-pressure Nick Compton will retain opening slot for Ashes despite run of low scores

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