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

Video: Wildfire tears across Perth

A wildfire has destroyed around 60 homes in the outskirts of the Western Australian capital of Perth.

Robbie Fowler joins Fernando Torres debate

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has criticised Fernando Torres following his record-breaking move to Chelsea.

Australia: Charges over boat people disaster

Three Indonesian men were charged with people smuggling yesterday after their rickety boat smashed into cliffs along the remote Christmas Island in December, killing an estimated 48 people aboard.

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England spoil the hosts' party as unwanted records tumble

Australia 98 England 157-0: Anderson swings the momentum tourists' way as Australia's batsmen fold again

Australians lament 'our worst cricketing day in 100 years'

The Australian media pulled no punches yesterday, with one newspaper describing the capitulation on the first day of the fourth Test against England as "its worst cricketing day for 100 years".

Ponting confident of playing in 4th test

Ricky Ponting's broken finger is healing well and he should be able to play in the fourth Ashes test against England in Melbourne, the Australian captain told reporters on Saturday.

Patience key for Strauss

England must tame the MCG hordes tomorrow, and then prepare for a patience test in pursuit of the Ashes.

Cook: 'We're not worried by Johnson. Hussey was the difference in Perth'

The superb batting of Mike Hussey rather than the left-arm swing-bowling of a reinvigorated Mitchell Johnson was the major difference between England and Australia in last week's third Test match, and getting Hussey out will be England's priority in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, according to Alastair Cook.

James Lawton: In a composite Ashes team only two Australians would make the cut...

One of the glories of being in Australia is the knowledge that nowhere on earth is less susceptible to the more patronising tones of a certain kind of Englishman.

Bob Willis: Swann still the trump card as Ashes rivals prepare to play most important hand of all

True, he had a tough time in Perth and was effectively hit out of the attack. But Melbourne will not be like that and I fully expect him to come back with a bang

'I promise, I can't wait for Boxing Day. It is giving me goosebumps,' says KP

Kevin Pietersen is excited about the MCG, where England can exploit Australia's 'vulnerabilities'

Cook intent on reprising role as tourists' marathon man

Prolific run-scorer says England batsmen must be more cautious early in innings

Finn has been expensive but does not deserve the chop

Middlesex bowler may miss the fourth Test but, argues his coach Angus Fraser, it is Paul Collingwood who should be dropped

Cook keen to move on to next test

England are out to prove their mettle at the MCG, by adapting successfully to whatever conditions meet them there.

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