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 carries tourists' hopes into decisive day

South Africa 266 & 339 Australia 296 & 142-3
Australian batsman Shaun Marsh leaves the pitch after being dismissed

Australia humiliated by South Africa with innings of 47

Australia were bowled out for their lowest total against South Africa as 23 wickets fell on an enthralling second day in the first Test at Cape Town.

Franks revives memories oflost generation

With scarcely a pause for breath in which to reflect on England's winter, domestic cricket resumes on Friday with the County Championship. It has a tough act to follow to match the drama of 2010; three title contenders did not yield a winner until 4.52pm on the final day as Nottinghamshire claimed the last point they needed to pip Somerset.

Australia name One Day International squad

Nathan Hauritz, Brett Lee and Shaun Tait have been called up to the Australia squad for the first Commonwealth Bank Series one-day international against England in Melbourne in Sunday.

Collingwood successor will join an England team seeking world domination

Trying to break in to a successful team is one of the most difficult tasks in sport but it must also be one of the most enjoyable.

England's team spirit is spot on, says Waugh

England are not only winning games Down Under, they are also influencing some unlikely people. Yesterday Steve Waugh, for so long England's cricketing nemesis, was moved to applaud Andrew Strauss's side, praising the balance and team spirit that has ushered them to the brink of a famous series win in the hosts' back yard.

Cook and Bell put England in commanding position

Australia 280 v England 488-7

England ride their luck after a rocky afternoon

England rode their luck through a rocky afternoon spell to reach 167-3 in their first innings at the close of play on the second day of the fifth Ashes test after dismissing Australia for 280 today.

Lunch Report: England leave fragile Australia reeling with fierce early blows

England squeezed Australia until their pips squeaked on the second morning of the final Test. With deadeye dick bowling and alert, athletic fielding, which has served them so well throughout the entire series, they scythed their way through their opponents' first innings.

Jonathan Trott up to third in ICC Test rankings

England batsman Jonathan Trott has climbed to third in the ICC Test rankings on the back of his unbeaten century in the fourth Ashes Test.

Drought makes England's taste of victory Down Under even sweeter

Australia 98&amp;258 England 513 <i>(Eng. win by an innings and 157 runs)</i>: Perfect performance sees Strauss's men record biggest win over Australia for 54 years

Strauss's men secure place in history with thumping win

Australia 98 &amp; 258 England 513 (England win by an innings and 157 runs): Admirable team ethic holds to the last as Australians are thrashed in their stronghold.

Bresnan lands the final blow as England retain Ashes in style

Yorkshire seamer dismisses Hilfenhaus to secure overwhelming innings victory for Strauss's side

Jonathan Trott: 'I accumulate here and there and let other guys hit sixes'

Trott's feet firmly on the ground after typically focused century keeps England flying high

Ponting reaches boiling point as England seize complete control

Pressure mounts on Australian captain after fine for rant at umpire compounds his Ashes misery
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee