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Finn has been expensive but does not deserve the chop

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Strauss admits tourists paid price for failure to deal with devastating spell by Aussie paceman

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Bowler reveals Australia's strategy to confront England with verbal barrage to knock the swagger out of tourists' step

Mitchell Johnson brands Kevin Pietersen a 'smart-arse'

Mitchell Johnson today branded Kevin Pietersen a smart-arse as England and Australia turned on each other during a day of sledging flashpoints in Perth.

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Michael Beer's fairytale Ashes debut could still be put on ice after Australia captain Ricky Ponting refused to dismiss the possibility of taking four fast bowlers into the third Test in Perth.

Australia ring changes for third Test

Opener Phil Hughes will replace the injured Simon Katich in one of four changes to Australia's 12-man squad for next week's third Ashes Test in Perth.

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The Baggy Greens have been terrible before, but there has always been an excuse. Not this time

England thump Australia to take Ashes lead

Two snapshots at the Adelaide Oval today demonstrated the unity within this England team, and their commitment to winning the Ashes, more clearly than anything they achieved on the field.

England take series lead as Ponting's men crumble

Swann takes 5 for 91 as Strauss' men take 1-0 lead in Adelaide

Kevin Pietersen puts England on course for victory

In their attempts to win the Ashes in Australia for the first time in 24 years, England have used high-tech bowling machines, strength and conditioning programmes and even sent key players to Brisbane early to grow accustomed to the weather before the First Test. Yet if they hang on to the urn, Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower might reflect that Kevin Pietersen’s part-time off-spin proved just as important as any of those sophisticated plans.

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