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Sport on TV: David Gower flies in face of all the old captains who lower tone

The first session of the First Test has often proved a pivotal passage of play in Ashes series Down Under. Even the first ball; Steve Harmison’s wide to second slip in 2006, or Michael Slater smashing Phil DeFreitas through cover point for four in 1994. It tends to “set the tone”, as the pundits like to say – and the tone in the Sky Sports commentary box these days is like a dressing-room banter free-for-all.

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A public inquiry found 13 people died as a result of his negligence, but repeated attempts at prosecution failed

Australian wicket keeper Brad Haddin (left) celebrates after catching out England's batsman Jonathan Trott (not pictured) from the bowling of Mitchell Johnson on day two

Ashes 2013-14: Brad Haddin revels in the 'wonderful hour-and-a-half' demolition of England on day two

Tourists went from 82-2 to 136 all out in first innings collapse at the Gabba

England’s Stuart Broad was in imperious form on day one

Simon Kelner: The Ashes - a much better option than counting sheep

Who cares about sleep when you can spend the wee small hours being soothed by the gentle wit and expert reportage of Aggers et al at the Test match

Michael Clarke has got the Ashes mind games underway by announcing the England team for the first Test

The Ashes 2013-14: Australia captain Michael Clarke begins the mind games by announcing England team for first Test

Clarke made the tongue-in-cheek comment after meeting opposite number Alastair Cook at a Remembrance Day ceremony and claimed he told him their starting XI for the first match

England will be without wicketkeeper Matt Prior for their final Ashes warm-up match

The Ashes 2013-14: England wicketkeeper Matt Prior ruled out of final warm-up match and is a doubt for first Test in 10 days time

Prior announced on Twitter that he will miss the match against the Australian Invitational XI due to a tear in his calf muscle

The Ashes 2013-14: Matt Prior injury adds to England worries as Australia A match ends in draw

England’s worries for the Ashes increased today. As if their lack of meaningful cricket were not enough, Matt Prior, their wicketkeeper, failed to take the field for Australia A’s innings on the fourth day of the tour match.

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The one metre long mammal was up to twice the size of a platypus today

Michael Clarke has been ruled out of Australia's tour of India

The Ashes: Australian captain Michael Clarke struggling to be fit for the first Test

Australia's captain Michael Clarke has admitted he is no certainty to be ready for the first Ashes Test against England next month.

Grandfather used pen knife to free himself from nine-tonne tractor

A man used a pocket knife to dig himself free after a tractor pinned him to the ground for over six hours.

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