Sport George Bailey has been dropped from the Australian Test squad that will tour South Africa

Bailey was arguably the only failure in the Test side that claimed a 5-0 Ashes whitewash victory over England

Ponting tries to hide the gaping holes in Australia's armour

The captain's poor form and his side's fragility are causing concern, despite last week's Test triumph

We knew we could win, claims Ponting

Australia 127 & 381 Pakistan 333 & 139 <i>(Australia win by 36 runs)</i>

Butt keeps Australia in deep trouble

Australia 127 Pakistan 331-9

Hauritz insists he is fit to bowl after 'lucky' cameo

Australia 454-4 dec Pakistan 109-4

Dhoni leads India to victory

A sparkling century from Mahendra Singh Dhoni helped India defeat Australia by 99 runs in the second one-day international in Nagpur to level the seven-match series 1-1.

Australia stride home to retain Champions Trophy

Defending champions Australia today beat New Zealand by six wickets to retain the Champions Trophy in the final at Centurion.

Australia paceman Johnson wins ICC award for 2009

Mitchell Johnson has been named Cricketer of the Year by the International Cricket Council. The 27-year-old fast bowler follows India's Rahul Dravid (2004), Andrew Flintoff of England and South Africa's Jacques Kallis (joint winners in 2005), Ricky Ponting of Australia (2006 and 2007) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (2008) in taking the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy.

Johnson turns tide to sink second-string West Indies

Australia 275-8 West indies 225 <i>(Australia win by 50 runs)</i>: Australian fast bowler's all-round performance gives sluggish world champions a winning start

Peter Siddle targets series whitewash

Peter Siddle has admitted it would be "very pleasing" if Australia could claim a whitewash against England in their one-day series.

Ponting helps tourists maintain winning streak

A majestic century from Australia captain Ricky Ponting piled on the misery for England's faltering one-day side, as the tourists went 5-0 up in NatWest series at Trent Bridge.

Strauss leads cricket award nominations

Ashes-winning captain Andrew Strauss and England team-mate Graham Onions are among 14 players nominated for the ICC cricketer of the year award.

Flintoff cameo takes the centre stage

Don't study the statistics, listen to the audience. Andrew Flintoff's flamboyant cameo in his final innings in Test cricket at the Oval yesterday means he finishes with a batting average of 31.77. The Big Man hit four boundaries, scoring 22 off 18 balls before holing out to long on, and left, as he had arrived not long before, to a standing ovation of unconditional fondness.

Glory beckons for England after Trott ton

England 332 &amp; 373-9d v Australia 160 &amp; 80-0

Cook on sticky wicket with selectors after failing again

These are tough times for the Graham Gooch stable. Ravi Bopara has already been returned to home pastures after finding the going too hard on the Ashes gallops and now Alastair Cook is in danger of becoming the subject of a stewards', or at least a selectors', inquiry.

James Lawton: Heavyweight fighter Flintoff fails to land the knockout blows

Some of the greatest fights take a little time to build, there are rounds not so easy to score and then there is the moment when one of the combatants decides to raise the pace – and the stakes.

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