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The France international has opted to remain at Lyon

Nathan Lyon and Darren Lehmann talk tactics during nets

Ashes 2013: Darren Lehmann plays down Australia's lack of top spin coach

Tourists rely on fielding mentor Rixon to  oversee progression  of Agar and Lyon

Ed Cowan boosted his prospects of a Test recall with a second half-century against Sussex at Hove
Cut but no dash: Australian keeper Matthew Wade watches as James Taylor moves towards a turgid 64 not out

James Taylor upstaged by Kevin Pietersen clone

Australians 366-5dec Sussex 228-5 (Day two of three: Sussex trail by 138 runs): England star-in-waiting plods to 64 but Hamilton-Brown hits swashbuckling 73 in the style of KP

Michael Clarke and Shane Watson pictured during the second Test

The Light Roller: There is no easy way back for these Aussies

The captain does his best to stay positive but the coach seems to forget that the state of Australian cricket has changed dramatically since his playing days

Ashton Agar lets slip a chance to claim Matt Prior’s wicket

Ashes 2013: This is now a crisis for Australia. We need Fawad Ahmed to answer the SOS call

The Aussie Angle: Ahmed claimed four wickets in each innings for Australia A

Miralem Pjanic

Transfer news: Miralem Pjanic wants to stay with Roma despite links with a move to both Arsenal and Tottenham

Midfielder has two years left on his current contract but insists that he is happy in Italy amid speculation of a move to north London

Arsene Wenger talks to Gervinho

Transfer news: Arsenal forward Gervinho close to Roma switch

Lyon also reportedly interested in the Ivory Coast international

Tour de France: Leader takes it easy before climb up Bald Mountain

Sky's Chris Froome had his first truly straightforward day as race leader yesterday as a break of 18, including Britain's David Millar, fought it out for the stage win – taken by Italy's Matteo Trentin – while the overall contenders eased back.

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

Trials of the scheme will begin in the North West in the autumn

Chris Grayling to announce plans for 70 'resettlement prisons' that hold offenders close to home before release

Plans to create 70 “resettlement prisons” so offenders can be held close to their home before release will be announced today by Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary.

Marine Le Pen, leader of France's National Front

Marine Le Pen may face racial hatred charge after losing MEP immunity

The leader of France’s far-right National Front party, Marine Le Pen, was stripped of her parliamentary immunity, opening the way for charges of inciting racial hatred to be laid against her.

Spinner Fawad Ahmed clear to represent Australia in Ashes after receiving full citizenship

Spinner Fawad Ahmed admits he could not have dreamt of the chance to represent Australia in the Ashes when he fled from Pakistan.

England’s Graeme Swann on his way to an unbeaten 62

England's big names served humble pie by spinner Tom Craddock

England XI 328-7 Essex

James Pattinson celebrates the dismissal of Chris Jones

Somerset 320 & 260 Australians 321-5dec & 36-0: James Pattinson’s looking a real Ashes threat

An early term report on Australia’s progress might say: “Good, room for improvement, none for complacency.” The tourists are steamrollering Somerset in the first match of the Ashes tour but Somerset have suffered similar crushings already this season by their Championship peers.

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Changing trains

Interesting to read your piece on crossing Paris in a hurry. Oddly enough, I did this on Friday, having forgotten that the Basel trains now leave from Paris Gare de Lyon instead of Gare de l'Est. Arriving at Gare du Nord two minutes late, the RER suburban train ran bang on time and took exactly the promised seven minutes. I still had to get my tickets from the machine and catch the train to Basel with five minutes to spare.

Tim Burford

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