Sport 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

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

Robin Scott-Elliot: Aussies vie with Merson in 'tache dash for growth

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Monsters Of Folk, Coal Exchange, Cardiff

Europe hails a supergroup

The Humbling, By Philip Roth

An actor, famous and fêted, at the peak of his career, steps on stage one night. Starting to speak, he finds that he simply can't do it any longer. He feels fake, inauthentic, unprepared, and, though he goes through the motions, it becomes apparent that his audience has perceived a change in him, too, and not one for the better. His gift, whatever it was, has gone. How does a life continue when the talent it rested on is abruptly removed?

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Comedians, Lyric Hammersmith, London

Why the old ones are still the best

A record universally acknowledged ...

A slice of Britain: Fans of Jane Austen converging on Bath to revel in the world of 'Emma' and 'Persuasion' are joined by hundreds in full Regency costume who have their eyes on quite a different title – Guinness World Records

Richard Herring: Hitler Moustache, Underbelly, Edinburgh

A well-deserved salute

Twelfth Night, Barbican Theatre, London

A classic, lost in translation

Party Of The Week: Everyone's centre stage here

The stars of theatreland were out in force this week for the opening of the new theatre and performance galleries at London's V&A. Having been dusted down and moved from the rather dingier Theatre Museum in Covent Garden into an airy suite of rooms, the assorted props, costumes, playbills and trashed guitars looked resplendent in their new home.

Richard Ingrams's Week: Don’t bring God into it – we have enough worries

“Now stop worrying” is the message of the crusading atheists who have paid to have the rather half-hearted slogan “There’s probably no God” plastered all over a lot of our buses.

Days Like These: 'I identified the sound of Matthew's head banging against the steering wheel'

The phone was ringing when we arrived at the Dorset cottage that frosty, Friday night. And from its insistent, furious tone I knew who it was. Matthew didn't speak immediately but I could identify the sound of his head banging rhythmically in frustration against the steering wheel. He was clearly stuck in traffic in London, where he was remaining for the weekend.

Paperbacks: Tess of the D'Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy

An introduction to this edition of Hardy's masterpiece by David Snodin, the producer of the new BBC adaptation, both attests to the novel's filmic qualities and hopes, nobly, that the TV series will encourage more readers to pick up the book.

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