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James Tredwell (second left) has been an able deputy for Graeme Swann

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England may test the world supplies of cotton wool in which to wrap their key players before the Ashes. While their desire to win the Champions Trophy should not be underestimated they are anxiously aware of their tasks later in the summer.

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Australia captain Michael Clarke is yet to feature in this year's Champions Trophy

Champions Trophy: Australian captain Michael Clarke could return to action for crucial clash with Sri Lanka

Clarke has missed both of their Champions Trophy games due to a back injury but is hopeful of playing some part in tomorrow's Group A decider

George Bailey, Australia’s stand-in captain, made 55 before being bowled out

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Australia 243-8 New Zealand 51-2: Bad weather leaves Australia relying on others if they are to advance to semi-finals

Australia has propelled a little-known bowler called Fawad Ahmed into the Ashes squad

Australia gamble on Pakistani spinner, Fawad Ahmed, for Ashes squad

For Australia, it is one thing after another. They are beset by worry and panic. Their preparations for the Champions Trophy and the Ashes are constantly moveable feasts which are increasingly threatening thin pickings.

Steven Finn was back in training with England at Trent Bridge

Fast fillip for England as Steve Finn and Stuart Broad set to return for final ODI against New Zealand

After two weak batting displays, Ian Bell wants to see good scores that the bowlers can defend

Stuart Broad: Bowler may return for third ODI against New Zealand at Trent Bridge tomorrow

Alastair Cook desperate for good news on injured duo

England will have a clearer idea today about their crucial fast bowling resources for the Champions Trophy. Medical bulletins on Stuart Broad's bruised knee, Steve Finn's sore shins and the pregnancy of Tim Bresnan's wife, Hannah, may give the selectors a clue about what to do next.

Simon Calder's Helpdesk: Is it worth paying extra for insurance that includes supplier insolvency cover?

Q. For a week's package holiday with my daughter in Menorca, is it worth paying extra for insurance that includes supplier insolvency cover?

Susan Priest, Hertfordshire

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.

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England v New Zealand: Alastair Cook yearns for speedy recovery of Stuart Broad and Steven Finn

Alastair Cook was left “crossing his fingers” over the fitness of key fast bowlers Stuart Broad and Steven Finn with just a week to go before England’s opening ICC Champions Trophy clash against Australia.

Simon Calder's Helpdesk: How much should I tip in restaurants in Italy?

Q. How much should I tip in restaurants in Italy?

Simon Calder's Helpdesk: Is it best to pay for my Palma hotel room with cash, debit or credit card?

Q.  I will be visiting Palma in July and have booked the hotel independently. I was wondering if you could advise me what would be the most economic way to pay the bill? With euros purchased here, with a debit or credit card, or to draw cash in Palma and pay that way?

Frances Eden

Michael Clarke claims he has put aside thoughts of the Ashes series

Michael Clarke weighs in on phoney Ashes war

Captain says focus is on Champions Trophy campaign rather than biggest event of summer

Simon Calder's Helpdesk: Do you know anything about the Honk Car Rental firm?

Q.  We need to rent a people-carrier for a holiday in Switzerland. I have found a company called Honk Car Rental which promises "We're like those mystery deals you sometimes get for hotels, but instead for car rental". Being very cautious, I follow the maxim, that anything that appears too good to be true, probably is. So before paying for a car, do you know anything about them?

Peter Canton

Simon Calder's Helpdesk: Has easyJet let down its passengers with new on-board travel bag sizes?

Q.  With the announcement of the new guaranteed on-board travel bag sizes by easyJet from 2 July, it seems the luggage industry has been caught out. It's almost impossible to find luggage 50 x 40x 20. We have also just bought a 55x40x20 case and it will not qualify after 2 July 2013. Would you agree that easyJet has let down its passengers?

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