Sport Ravi Bopara is controversially dismissed in the fifth ODI between England and Australia

Bopara opted for caution as he batted towards England's target with the tail only to be stumped by the television umpire for lifting his foot in the crease as the bail was removed

Ben Stokes wants to become a key figure for England following his match-winning performance against Australia

ODI series: Ben Stokes hoping to become Englnad's go-to man following match-winning performance against Australia

Stokes hit a career-best 70 before taking four wicket for 38 runs with the ball

Ravi Bopara goes on the attack during England's 172-run victory over a Prime Ministers XI

ODI series: Alastair Cook fails to score once again, but at least there's some relief for England

Cook was walking back to the pavilion within the first over but Ravi Bopara stares with the ball to earn 172-run victory

England captain Charlotte Edwards (left) and Anya Shrubsole celebrate the wicket of Australia’s Alyssa Healy

Women's Ashes: Anya Shrubsole and Danielle Hazell made to toil as England draw warm-up match

Anya Shrubsole claimed three wickets but England women could only draw their two-day Ashes warm-up match against Australia A in Perth.

Spin bowler Scott Borthwick has been linked with an England call-up for the final Ashes test

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The Whitaker's Quiz of the Year: Round 8 - Sport

1. David Beckham retired from  professional football in May, but  for which team did he make his  last appearance?

Alastair Cook pictured after England lost the Ashes

Ashes 2013-14: Australia’s box-office stars owe much to the supporting cast

Anyone with a passing interest in cinema would know which production had been named Best Picture in a given year. How many, though, could recall the Best Assistant Director, or which film had the best visual effects?

Shane Watson trudges off after the fall of his wicket in the Third Test

Ashes 2013/14: Shane Watson’s flat-footed dismissal typical of a batsman for whom there is a yawning gulf between his performance and his potential

The Aussie Angle: No one promises more nor falls short so often. He is Australia’s biggest tease

England batsman Jonny Bairstow provided selectors with a timely reminder after scoring 123 for England's Performance Programme against Western Australia 2nd XI

Ashes 2013-14: Jonny Bairstow provides a timely reminder with EPP century with England's batsman misfiring against Australia

Bairstow's second-innings 123 guided the England Performance Programme to a four-wicket win against Western Australia 2nd XI

Australia captain Michael Clarke (L) and coach Darren Lehmann
Peter Siddle celebrates taking the wicket of Kevin Pietersen for the ninth time in Test cricket

Ashes 2013/14: The Aussie Angle - Peter Siddle relishes the rewards of playing the straight man in the Aussie attack

Peter Siddle may be a vegetarian amid a pack of voracious fast-bowling carnivores but he is still excited by the smell of blood. In his case, Kevin Pietersen’s blood.

Chris Rogers hits a shot past Ian Bell on his way to 76

Ashes 2013-14: Top order fragile despite careful building

The Aussie Angle

Stuart Broad shows his frustration after England drop one of three dropped catches in the final session on the first day of the second Test

Ashes 2013-14: England disappointed but not angry after three dropped catches allows Australia to edge day one

Panesar, Root and Carberry all failed to cling on in the final session as Australia reached close of play on 273-5 having won the toss

Australia captain Michael Clarke missed training due to a sore right ankle but is expected to be fit for the beginning of the second Ashes Test

Ashes 2013-14: Michael Clarke names England team (again) for second Test

The hosts have retained George Bailey at number six

England batting coach Graham Gooch has called on the team to show a 'will' to win at Adelaide

Ashes 2013-14: Batting coach Graham Gooch wants England to rediscover their 'will' to win and get campaign back on track

The Ashes holders went behind early in the series after defeat at Brisbane but Gooch wants players to put in the hard work to correct the situation

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