Sport Graeme Swann announces his decision to retire from international and first-class cricket

The spin bowler quit midway through the disastrous tour of Australia

Strauss was given out in controversial circumstances

England coach Andy Flower accepts failings

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.

Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan captain: 'We had not expected it to be so easy for us, but England can come back at any time’

'We were caught cold and will have to knuckle down,' admits Strauss

Andrew Strauss warned his England players to heed the harsh lessons of their crushing defeat by Pakistan in the first Test before their chances of victory in the three-match series disappear.

India must handle Australia sledging better says Dhoni

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has labelled Australian fans as "aggressive" with their taunts but says his players have to be smarter when reacting to such provocations.

Ricky Ponting had to hurl himself down the wicket to
complete his ton

Confidence returning for Australian batsman Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting warned India his confidence has returned following his first century in two years in Australia's victory in the second Test in Sydney and claimed there were more to come.

Michael Clarke celebrates the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar (right)

Australia fears 'Jaws' after third shark fatality

A US man has been killed by what is thought to be a great white shark off the south-west coast

Recovery kicks in at SThree

The recruitment company SThree reported a 21 per cent rise in first-half profits yesterday after seeing a recovery across its markets.

Robbie Fowler joins team in Thailand

Former England and Liverpool forward Robbie Fowler has joined Muangthong United and will be formally unveiled on Sunday, the Thai Premier League (TPL) club said in a statement today.

Naked rower has to be rescued again

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

Dylan Jones: 'The Perth band Tame Impala’s music is aweird, if oddly topical, mix of the old and the new'

Occasionally – very occasionally, mind – a group's self-awareness is acute. The Pet Shop Boys always had a keen sense of themselves, probably because they didn't become famous until Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe were approaching their thirties.

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.

Aussie floods, Christchurch, Japan – the catastrophic honeymoon tour

It may go down in history as the ultimate honeymoon from hell.

First World War veteran is the last man standing at 110

There was plenty of cake but no talk of war at Claude Choules's 110th birthday party in Perth yesterday. Despite 41 years in the armed forces, the last surviving combat veteran of the First World War is a pacifist, according to his family.

Just relax. The Doctor will see you now

City Slicker: Perth - Australia's fastest growing metropolis offers a diverse package. Sarah Barrell has some tips for new and returning visitors

Wildfires destroy 40 homes and 4,000 acres

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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