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Wicketkeeper Buttler shared a crucial 75-run partnership with Ben Stokes to deny Australia

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England keeper’s unbeaten 65 clinches win to level series after Australian removes Pietersen, Trott and Root in three balls

England v Australia: Third ODI washed out

England must win the final two matches in Cardiff and Southampton to prevail in the NatWest Series, after rain prevented a result at Edgbaston.

Mitchell Johnson celebrates Jonathan Trott’s wicket

England v Australia Second ODI: Michael Clarke century sees tourists home to comfortable victory

Australia 315-7 England 227: Clarke leads the charge as Australia take the series lead with 88-run victory

125 years of the British and Irish Lions, by Clem and Greg Thomas

Brian O'Driscoll's strop last week, when the Ireland centre said he "resented" the Lions head coach, Warren Gatland, for dropping him for the series-winning Third Test against Australia in July, showed just how much playing for the Lions means. Yet, as the 1968 and 1971 tourist and future tour manager Gerald Davies points out in his introduction to this definitive history, as rugby union went officially professional in the 1990s there were those who questioned whether the concept and ethos of the Lions would survive the change.

The first ODI between England and Australia has been called off due to rain at Headingley

Indyplus update: First One-Day International between England and Australia in Leeds abandoned due to rain

Match at Headingley is called off without a ball being bowled after rain falls throughout the day

England Women seal Ashes success with easy win over Australia

England Women sealed their Ashes success with a comfortable seven-wicket win in the third NatWest Twenty20 international at Chester-le-Street.

Stuart Broad kisses the urn

Stuart Broad labels Michael Vaughan 'disrespectful' over ODI comments

Former Test captain suggested fans should ask for a refund

Christian visits the Royal Observatory in Greenwich in 2002 to inspect the watch Fletcher Christian's mutineers had taken to shore from the 'Bounty' in 1789

Tom Christian: Island leader who connected Pitcairn with the world

Tom Christian had only a volcanic hill two miles long by a mile wide in the middle of an ocean to ride his Honda motorcycle on, but in his veins there coursed a whole history of 200 years of British worldwide power. The energy that built an empire flipped over in his family's case into naval mutiny, but Tom Christian's great-great-great-grandfather Fletcher Christian, leader of the rebels in 1789 on His Majesty's Armed Vessel Bounty, would have recognised his descendant's fearlessly independent cast of mind.

Ashes 2013: Ashes joy but bad light denies England historic 4-0 victory over Australia

England denied historic 4-0 Ashes victory as umpires take teams off for bad light with just 21 runs needed

Sarah Taylor hit 64 in a 126-run partnership with Heather Knight

Women’s Ashes: Taylor and Knight combine to put England in lead

Australia 203-4 England 204-5

Katherine Brunt is hugged by Charlotte Edwards after taking the wicket of Jess Cameron

Women's Ashes 2013: Charlotte Edwards leads from the front as aggressive England level series

England Women 256 Australia Women 205 (England won by 51 runs)

Darren Lehmann was fined 20 per cent of his match fee last night

Ashes 2013: Darren Lehmann hit with ICC fine for Broad outburst

Darren Lehmann, the Australia coach, has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council following his radio outburst earlier this week at England bowler Stuart Broad.

Laura Marsh celebrates after taking the wicket of Jodie Fields

Women's Ashes: Tourists show fighting spirit as England collapse

Australia 203-8 England 176 (Australia win by 27 runs)

HMAS Parramatta, an Australian Navy ship that came to the rescue

106 rescued after asylum seeker boat sinks north of Christmas Island

Australian navy ships rush to help those aboard capsized boat in Indian Ocean

Ryan Harris embodies everything that is required of the perfect team cricketer

Adam Gilchrist on the Ashes: Despite the Ashes defeat Ryan Harris and Chris Rogers have been winners

The Aussie Angle: These thirtysomethings show what is required to be quality Test players

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