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

Khawaja on standby for injured Ponting

Australia have named Usman Khawaja as a standby player in their squad for the fourth Ashes Test as captain Ricky Ponting races to recover from a fractured finger.

Flower unconcerned by pitch talk

England are unfazed by reports that Australia are considering dropping in a faster pitch in Melbourne, to try to prey on the tourists' perceived vulnerabilities.

England's Ashes dreams are dirt unless Johnson riddle is cracked

In essence, England have five days to solve the mystery of Mitchell Johnson and save the Ashes. Since Johnson has himself been trying for almost 30 years and appears to be as puzzled now as he was when he started it may not be enough.

Panic not: Australia can't turn MCG into another Waca

Pitch reading is well known to be a science with as much veracity as astrology. Drop-in pitch reading is slightly less respectable.

Ashes Diary: What the doctor ordered for Harris

Think you're excited about the Boxing Day Test match? Imagine being Ryan Harris. Having taken six second-innings wickets at the Waca to compete Australia's rout of England, the burly fast bowler can't wait to get to the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the most anticipated Ashes Test match since – well, The Oval 18 months ago.

Stop Hussey, stay together: what England must do to regain the series initiative

All is not lost. Andrew Strauss's side were badly beaten in Perth but they can still dream of Ashes victory, writes Stephen Brenkley

Rolf Harris: He isn't just for Christmas, he's for life

Now in his 81st year, the Aussie singer and painter can say he has played Glastonbury, sent his work on tour, and featured in a BBC arts documentary. Emily Dugan meets Rolf Harris

Bob Willis: Colly wobbles but only change should be Bell moving on up

While Australia fret over the finger injury to Ricky Ponting, England fans can launch into a long debate over what changes, if any, should be made for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne now that the Baggy Greens have bounced back in such a spectacular way.

Australia close in on victory in Perth

England finished the third day of the Third Test staring at defeat. All went entirely according to plan for Australia who were as single-minded as England had been in Adelaide when they took a 1-0 lead in their quest for the Ashes.

Ashes Diary: Lip-smacking retort by Jimmy

James Anderson's celebration after dismissing Ryan Harris on the first day was aimed at Mitchell Johnson at the non-striker's end, but what was it that Johnson said to Anderson that had so clearly annoyed him?

Geraint Jones: 'There are no good memories for me of that match in Perth'

Four years ago the wicketkeeper was part of the England side that surrendered the urn at the Waca. The pain remains, he tells Will Hawkes

Ashes Diary: Aussies need to sledge their way back, says Hogg

I guess this is what they call back to basics, Aussie-style. The former Baggy Green pace bowler Rodney Hogg believes the home side need more verbals if they're to reclaim the urn. Hogg, who took 10 wickets in an Ashes Test at Perth in 1978, has some advice for the Australian attack: "Pitch it up with the odd bouncer and sledge them at every opportunity," he says. "We don't say a word [at the moment]. Just go back and bowl another delivery on Jonathan Trott's middle stump so he can whip us through leg. It makes me sick. Hate to think how [fellow former fast bowlers] Lenny Pascoe and Merv Hughes must feel."

The tragedy that shames Australia

At least 28 asylum-seekers drowned in shipwreck off Christmas Island

England beware: Perth has teeth again

For twenty years or so, the Waca was the quickest, bounciest pitch in the world. Batsmen used to break out into cold sweats simply thinking about it, which considering the temperatures here at Test match time (36C) took some doing.

Anderson revels in England attack role

James Anderson has a handy alibi for skipping his early fatherhood duties - but those 'parenting' skills may come in handy in the third Test too, as leader of an inexperienced England pace attack.

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