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England coach Andy Flower admitted that the world number one side had fallen shockingly short of their high standards in the 10-wicket defeat to Pakistan.

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An Irishman rowing naked across the Indian Ocean has been rescued off Australia after he hit his head in rough seas.

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Robbie Fowler agrees to re-join Perth Glory

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has verbally accepted an offer to re-join Perth Glory for next season although a contract is yet to be signed.

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First World War veteran is the last man standing at 110

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Firefighters in Western Australia have been battling wildfires which have razed 4,000 acres around Perth and destroyed at least 40 homes, as the east coast recovers from a cyclone and record flooding.

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