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

England take command in the Second Test

The Brisbane scoreboard that showed England’s second-innings total will become an iconic cricket photograph. Who would have guessed the tourists would be responsible for another historic image only four days later?

England make great start to Second Test

England had one of their great days against Australia at the start of the Second Test. They produced a dramatic opening to the match to reduce their opponents to two for three and by dint of gritty perseverance and adhering to their meticulously planned strategy curtailed their first innings at 245 shortly before the close.

Ashes Diary: We're in good nick, provided we get the referrals right

At the first Test in Brisbane, Andrew Strauss, Stuart Broad and I were changing next to each other. We looked at each other at one stage and suddenly realised we had faced five balls between us. There was nothing for it but to laugh.

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James Lawton: Johnson suffers lonely torment trying to replace departed legends

The hardening word here is that the taker of 166 Test wickets will not make it to the start against England on Friday. Psychologically, he looks to be in pieces

Wanted: spicy pitch to give Test cricket a lift

Australia can change bowlers but if Adelaide is a dead track too it will make little difference

James Lawton: Where have all the heroes gone? Australia need a new Warne... fast

Worryingly, something may have snapped in one of the world's greatest sports traditions

Angus Fraser: Finn shows talent but he must develop a McGrath mean streak

The 21-year-old bowled just one maiden. At the Adelaide Oval, Finn needs to increase that tally considerably

Record-breaking England draw first Ashes Test

A record-breaking partnership and a second-innings total of 517 for one were excellent ways to lift English spirits at the Gabba today. So were Alastair Cook’s unbeaten 235 and Jonathan Trott’s second century in as many Tests against Australia.

James Lawton: Psychological victory is England's as Strauss and Cook tear into Johnson

For the Australians there could be no comfort when Strauss put behind him what might have been an accumulation of disaster that scarred his career for ever

Strauss and Cook reignite Ashes battle

A magnificent opening stand of 188 by Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook went a considerable distance towards saving the First Test for England yesterday.

Howard Jacobson: Once the Ashes starts, I go to pieces

I go to sleep heavy with anxiety and premonition and get the news I’ve been dreading the moment I wake

James Lawton: Birthday boy Siddle presents Ponting with the gift he so desired

If Ponting had itemised his needs down to the last detail, had them typed up and handed to Siddle, he could not have been more perfectly satisfied

'I feel I'm ready to play under pressure,' says Bell

Ian Bell insisted that England's first-innings score of 260 – widely perceived as a disappointing start – was "not a millions miles away from par" despite the tourists winning the toss and getting first use of The Gabba pitch.

Ashes Diary: The man to blame for England's collapse? Er, their bowling coach

Hat-trick hero Peter Siddle paid handsome tribute to his mentor yesterday after sending England reeling. "He has played a massive part in my development and I spent a lot of time with him before I played Test cricket," he said.

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