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

Richie McCaw has led the All Blacks to 16 Test wins in a row

Merciless McCaw wants wounded Wallaby scalps

Richie McCaw, just about the finest player in the 17-year history of professional rugby union and a World Cup-winning captain to boot, has never been one to get ahead of himself – hence his understandable decision to concentrate body and soul on today's Bledisloe Cup game with Australia rather than cast his mind forward to the task of chasing down those titans from… wait for it… Lithuania.

So, is Tony Abbot, the leader of the Australian opposition, a sexist? PM Julia Gillard thinks so

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South Africa 145-6 Australia 147-2

The Big Six: Outback outposts

Berkley River Lodge, Western Australia

Residents of tiny Queensland town fight to put it back on the map after finding it was quietly wiped off years ago

There’s not much to Mutchilba – just one shop, a post office, a hall and a scattering of houses. But residents are fond of their tiny Queensland township – and they were taken aback, to say the least, to learn that it no longer existed.

Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi starts celebrates 1500m victory

'Injured' Taoufik Makhloufi races to 1500m gold after reinstatement

On Monday Taoufik Makhloufi was thrown out of the Games for not trying; last night, having earned a reprieve, the Algerian won the 1500m gold, running clear of the field to win by more than 10 metres. It marked one of the more startling recoveries of the Olympics.

Australian census results show wealth is moving away from urban centres to remote, thinly populated towns

Australia’s most affluent citizens used to occupy grand Melbourne residences or palatial houses overlooking Sydney Harbour. Now they live in far-flung mining towns, often surrounded by desert and hundreds of miles from city amenities.

Winning feeling: Brumbies wing Henry Speight is congratulated

Speight's try ends Brumbies hoodoo

The ACT Brumbies snapped a 10-year losing streak in Sydney yesterday when they beat the New South Wales Waratahs 19-15, boosting their hopes of a place in Super Rugby's post-season play-offs.

Jonathon Stenberg was on the run after a decapitated body was found

Australian murder suspect Jonathon Stenberg auditioned for film part

As one of Australia's most-wanted men, Jonathon Stenberg – suspected of a particularly gruesome murder – might have been expected to lie low.

James Anderson is all smiles at training last week before picking up his groin injury

Soft ground and Anderson will be a non-runner again

Woakes set to replace England swing bowler who can hardly get a game after being rested

These ornate paintings, which adorn the ceiling of a remote shelter in Australia’s Northern Territory, are 1,000 years old and are believed to be covering far older artworks. It is at this site, in the Arnhem Land region, that Professor Bryce Barker of the University of Southern Queensland found a fragment of granite displaying finely drawn charcoal lines. The markings are 28,000 years old, and are thought to form part of one of the world’s oldest known artworks

Aborigines were the old masters of rock art

Archaeologists have long known that Australia is home to some of the world's most outstanding and abundant rock art. Now, a chance discovery has revealed that the art is also among the world's oldest – and that when it was created, Aborigines were among the most advanced modern humans.

These ornate paintings, which adorn the ceiling of a remote shelter in Australia’s Northern Territory, are 1,000 years old and are believed to be covering far older artworks. It is at this site, in the Arnhem Land region, that Professor Bryce Barker of the University of Southern Queensland found a fragment of granite displaying finely drawn charcoal lines. The markings are 28,000 years old, and are thought to form part of one of the world’s oldest known artworks

After 28,000 years, Australia's first artists get credit for their work at last

Archaeologists have long known that Australia is home to some of the world's most outstanding and abundant rock art. Now, a chance discovery has revealed that the art is also among the world's oldest – and that when it was created, Aborigines were among the most advanced modern humans.

Harris slots penalty after siren as Wallabies pip Wales

Australia 25 Wales 23

NSW level in Origin series

New South Wales beat Queensland 16-12 in Australia's second State of Origin match yesterday, staving off the immediate threat of an unprecedented seventh-straight series defeat.

Australia were beaten by Scotland on home soil

Robbie Deans rules out calling for Australia reinforcements ahead of Wales clash

Australia coach Robbie Deans has no intention of sending for Quade Cooper to bolster his side ahead of their match against Wales on Saturday.

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