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The spin bowler quit midway through the disastrous tour of Australia

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Tim Bresnan plays down talk of 'bowl-off'

Tim Bresnan is confident he can make an impact in the third Ashes Test, if he is given a chance at Perth.

Baby joy for Jimmy Anderson

England bowler Jimmy Anderson has become a father for the second time today.

James Anderson returns to England for birth

England fast bowler James Anderson has returned home to be present at the birth of his child but plans to return in time for the third Ashes test in Perth, coach Andy Flower said today.

Clarke says sorry while Katich a doubt for Perth

Sorry is the hardest tweet. Michael Clarke apologised via his Twitter feed for not walking after his last-ball dismissal sealed another calamitous day for Australia. While the vice captain was admitting that his "emotions got the best of me", Simon Katich was heading for hospital amid home fears that he could be forced out of the third Test.

Australia's problem? Ponting is a better leader than captain

The Australian angle: It's not enough to inspire. The Grand Old Duke of York could do that. Ponting's task is to find the balance between attack and defence. It eludes him

Mike Gatting: 'Luckily we had these two blokes... Gower and Botham'

The Brian Viner Interview: He has long dined out on being the last England captain to lift the urn Down Under and knows all too well the importance of a good start in Brisbane

Johnson's dynamos are Youngs at heart

Youth, they say, is wasted on the young. Never in Australian rugby and now, it appears, not in England either. Notorious for their mistrust of youth, England's inspiration yesterday came from the cradle.

Cole: 'I hope the packs want to have a go at each other'

Dan Cole knows England's win in Australia in June was largely down to their front-row superiority and the prop expects more of the same today, he tells Chris Hewett

On the Front Foot: Now they say we're not really Poms. So who's the real Conn man?

Such is the desire to go Pom-bashing, the Aussies have already been reduced to suggesting that the Poms are, well, not the Poms. In an act of desperation betraying fear, The Australian newspaper greeted England's arrival in Perth with the headline: "England's team of old empire flies in to defend the urn." The story listed the five members of the squad born outside England: four in South Africa, one in Ireland. This is an argument already well-rehearsed at home, where there has been much soul-searching about the policy. But rules, as they say, are rules and of the South African quartet two arrived in England as boys, all have English parentage and all have nailed their colours to England's mast. What were the selectors to do? As for Eoin Morgan, he would seem to be a thorough-going Irishman but if he wanted to play Test cricket his options were limited. The question of birthplace has been raised initially by the accomplished veteran Pom-baiter Malcolm Conn, ace cricket-writer for The Australian who considers it part of his duties. It's always splendid to reflect that this most Australian of Australians is actually a New Zealander.

Perth Glory player wears Rooney mask as joke

Australian team Perth Glory squeezed more mirth out of a joke Wayne Rooney would join the A-League side from Manchester United when a defender appeared at the club's news conference today wearing a Rooney mask.

Panesar named in Ashes squad

Chris Tremlett and Monty Panesar earned their places in England's squad for the Ashes series in Australia with impressive domestic form, according to national selector Geoff Miller.

Top flight must add pizzazz to power if England are to rule the world

Bath and Sarries in particular suggest Premiership is learning to add grace to grunt and grind. Chris Hewett reports

Voters elect first Aboriginal MP

An aboriginal man has won a narrow victory in Australia's election to become the first indigenous MP in the country's history.

Surfer dies after shark attack

A man has died after being attacked by a shark while surfing off the south-western coast of Australia today, police said.

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