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

'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.

Hat-trick hero Peter Siddle wanted revenge against England

Peter Siddle revealed he was motivated by revenge after taking a hat-trick on his 26th birthday to leave England reeling on day one of the first Ashes Test here at the Gabba.

Ashes hat-trick heroes

Peter Siddle today became the ninth man to claim an Ashes hat-trick after taking the wickets of Alastair Cook, Matt Prior and Stuart Broad on day one of the first Test.

Ashes lunch report: Strauss's early fall hands Australia initiative

All of England's Ashes dreams turned to dust last night. It did not mean the session, the match or the series were lost but it was still the worst possible start for the tourists as their captain, Andrew Strauss, was out to the third ball in the first Test.

Australia name squad for the Ashes

Australia have named a 17-man squad for the opening Ashes Test against England at the Gabba, including potential debutants Xavier Doherty, Usman Khawaja and Callum Ferguson.

Welcome win offers Starc reminder not to write off Aussies

Sri Lanka 115 Australia 119-2

Straight bats fend off Aussie media's grenades

The traditional pre-Ashes war of words may be playing out behind the scenes as former Australia and England opponents air their patriotic views, but Andrew Strauss is having little of the verbal jousting.

Tour Down Under now fair game for sceptics

The Lord's Test allegations cast doubt on Australia's remarkable win over Pakistan in Sydney this year, writes Peter Roebuck

Australia 'did not suspect Pakistan'

Australian cricketers Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey insist they did not suspect anything untoward in the Sydney Test against Pakistan in January, despite allegations which suggest the match may have been fixed.

Peter Roebuck: This Aussie side has its faults but Poms gloat at their peril

The Australian batting is wobbly - the opening pair are makeshift, North is a worse starter than pea soup - and the bowling can look threadbare

Tait says 'I'm not bothered about playing in Ashes'

Shaun Tait has revealed that he has had no contact from Australia's captain Ricky Ponting regarding his availability to play in the Ashes this winter.

Australia hope to reinforce one-day dominance

The phoney war, otherwise known as the NatWest Series, begins today. It promises to be huge fun and like all phoney wars – particularly those between England and Australia before an Ashes series – it will mean everything and nothing.

Ponting pacemen lack the X factor, says on-song Shah

Middlesex 273-5 Australia 277-5 (Australia win by five wickets)

Brett Lee admits Australia career may be over

Veteran Australia paceman Brett Lee has conceded he may never play for his country again as he battles to recover from elbow surgery.

Pakistan fall to Aussie all-round masterclass

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