Sport Kevin Pietersen can either wait for the IPL auction next month or play county cricket in England

Giles feels that England cannot overlook someone of Pietersen's ability given their failure to capitalise on winning positions in Australia

Jos Buttler hit a rapid-fire 71 off 43 balls

ODI series: About time! Ben Stokes gives England the elusive tas te of vic tory against Australia

A rapid-fire 71 from Jos Buttler helps England to record a 57-run victory any finally earn relief as they avoid equalling their worst ever run of defeats

Alastair Cook and Tim Bresnan of England celebrate after defeating Australia during game four of the One Day International series between Australia and England

ODI series: Alastair Cook finds the 'confidence' to lead team into the World Cup after England finally beat Australia

The tourists won by 57 runs in the fourth one-day international

Brad Haddin strikes out in the second ODI match against England

ODI series: Australia want to secure a second quick-fire series win before turning eyes to another whitewash, says Brad Haddin

Australian wicketkeeper is hoping to take an unassailable 3-0 lead when they meet England in Sydney on Sunday night

Ravi Bopara goes on the attack during England's 172-run victory over a Prime Ministers XI

ODI series: Alastair Cook fails to score once again, but at least there's some relief for England

Cook was walking back to the pavilion within the first over but Ravi Bopara stares with the ball to earn 172-run victory

Yooranah with his mother Alinga at Edinburgh Zoo

A new plan to save Australian wildlife prioritises saving species which add the most to the economy. But is this a mercenary approach, or just good sense?

If you have nearly 100 critically endangered animals, how do you target limited conservation resources? Australian scientists have come up with one solution, using a mathematical equation to determine which species should be saved and which let go.

Stuart Broad has been rested for the first two One-Day Internationals against Australia

Australia v England: Stuart Broad to miss first two ODI's as bowler is rested to allow recovery from Ashes series exerts

The left-arm bowler was one of very few shining lights in the Ashes whitewash defeat and will sit out the opening fixtures in Melbourne and Brisbane

Postcard from... Sydney

Australia captain Michael Clarke

Ashes 2013-14: Michael Clarke refuses to get complacent

Three wide-margin wins over England have put the hosts in an unassailable lead already

Steven Finn is yet to play in the 2013-14 Ashes and has had to watch England lose the urn from the sidelines

Ashes 2013-14: England disappointment at series loss reflects frustration for bowler Steven Finn as he is yet to feature Down Under

Both Finn and Boyd Rankin are yet to be used in the bowling attack and Finn admits that it has been frustrating watching the side surrender the Ashes from the sidelines

Australia batsman Steve Smith celebrates after reaching his century
Australia batsman Steve Smith celebrates after reaching his century
England captain Alastiar Cook has been pleased with his side's response in training but has admitted it's now time to produce in Perth

Ashes 2013-14: England captain Alastair Cook admits his side have talked a good game but now need to produce in Perth

Having gone 2-0 down in the Series, Cook knows that they need to win in Perth if England are to have any chance of winning the Ashes

Australia's James Faulkner looks dejected after suffering a broken thumb when he was hit on the hand during a nets session

Ashes 2013-14: James Faulkner ruled out with broken thumb but Australia captain Michael Clarke remains hopeful on Ryan Harris

Harris is struggling with a sore knee but is expected to be fit for the Third Test which begins in Perth tomorrow

Matt Prior is forced to take evasive action as Mitchell Johnson fires in another delivery

Ashes 2013-14: Mitchell Johnson on a high for the home comforts of Perth

Australia can hardly believe what is happening. Two weeks ago as the Ashes series was about to start, the mood was one of despair and lament for the years of glory long past.

Bowlers like Mitchell Johnson appear able to harness the energy at the ground and convert it into a wave of menace and momentum that washes away batsmen

John Townsend: Mitchell Johnson's menace is just like Thommo

The Aussie Angle: Crowds lift and games change when bowlers of this ilk are in their pomp

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