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Charlotte Edwards, the England captain, believes there is no need to panic despite a second successive defeat to Australia following a pulsating finale in Hobart.

Jos Buttler of the Renegades bats during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Renegades and Brisbane Heat on 30 December 2013

ECB attempts to learn from Big Bash’s knockout appeal

The Big Bash has been a smash hit. If the plethora of staff and officials from the England and Wales Cricket Board who have been in and out of Australia at various times during the past three months have learned nothing from it, they have been wasting their time.

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates beating Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in their semi-final meeting

Australian Open 2014: Stanislas Wawrinka keeps chance of all-Swiss final against Roger Federer alive after beating Tomas Berdych

Wawrinka makes it into his first ever Grand Slam final after winning over four sets against his Czech opponent

Andy Murray pictured during his defeat to Roger Federer

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray draws the positives out of disappointing quarter-final defeat to Roger Federer

Murray was taking part in just his second tournament since coming back from back surgery

Manchester City have completed their takeover of Melbourne Heart, who have former Liverpool midfielder Harry Kewell among their ranks

Manchester City add Australian A-League side Melbourne Heart to their global empire

City already own MLS franchise New York City and the Australian side become the latest part of a plan to generate a worldwide brand

Czech tennis star Tomas Berdych beat third seed David Ferrer to move into the Australian Open semi-finals

Australian Open 2014: Tomas Berdych beats third seed David Ferrer to progress to last four in Melbourne for the first time

The Czech star rattled through the first two sets before overcoming a brief blip in the third to beat the Spaniard 6-1 6-4 2-6 6-4 and book his place in the semi-finals

Andy Murray and Roger Federer pictured after their 2013 Australian Open semi-final

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray v Roger Federer at the Grand Slams

The pair will meet in Wednesday's Australian Open quarter-final

Victoria Azarenka breezed past Sloane Stephens in the Australian Open fourth round

Australian Open 2014: Victoria Azarenka breezes past Sloane Stephens to dispel memories of controversial victory last year

The defending champions looks in formidable form after cruising to a 6-3 6-2 victory

Lydia Greenway, right, and Arran Brindle celebrate the win

England women on brink of keeping Ashes

Lydia Greenway has warned her England team-mates not to take anything for granted despite her unbeaten 69 in the first one-day international, leaving Charlotte Edwards’ side on the brink of retaining the Ashes.

Fires burning throughout Victoria's Grampians region in South East Australia

Australian heatwave: One person dead as bushfires in southern states intensify

Police are investigating allegedly deliberate fires in the state of Victoria

Alastair Cook remains pencilled it as an opener for the World Cup

Australia v England ODI series: Ashley Giles seeks a change of tempo to mount World Cup challenge

England's limited overs coach is thinking ahead as England prepare for second ODI of the series Down Under

The courts at the Australian Open are so hot that you can boil an egg on the surface.

Australian Open 2014: Eggs frying on court, spectacular thunder storms and extreme heat - just another day in Melbourne

Play was suspended for four hours due to the extreme conditions

Gary Ballance is confident he can deal with Mitchell Johnson ahead of his return to the Australia squad for the second One-Day International with England

ODI series: Gary Ballance confident he can cope with returning Mitchell Johnson after insisting he's faced quicker bowlers

Ballance is looking to fight fire with fire after hitting half-centuries in his last two innings

Roger Federer came through his first match away from the Rod Laver Arena in 10 years by defeating Blaz Kavcic at the Australian Open

Australian Open 2014: Roger Federer defeats Blaz Kavcic in first match away from the Rod Laver Arena in 10 years

Federer progressed to the third round with a 6-2 6-1 7-6 (7-4) win over Kavcic on the Hisense Arena court

Rafael Nadal celebrates his second round victory over Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Australian Open

Australian Open 2014: Rafael Nadal continues his Aussie demolition as he sees off home teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis

Nadal saw off another Australian in Bernard Tomic in the first round and added his second victim Down Under in Kokkinakis with a 6-2 6-4 6-2 victory

Maria Sharapova celebrates her victory over Karin Knapp in the Australian Open second round

Australian Open 2014: Maria Sharapova battles through three-and-a-half hour epic to beat Karin Knapp in second round

Temperatures reached 42.4C during the draining match which Sharapova eventually came through 6-3 4-6 10-8

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