Sport Uncertain corridors: Writings on modern cricket by Gideon Haigh

During the recent Ashes series I changed my newspaper habits specifically to read Gideon Haigh’s dispatches from the front. As Haigh is Australian, those unfamiliar with his work might have expected at least a hint of crowing to creep into his copy as England imploded, but he was as impartial as ever, while also being characteristically knowledgeable, perceptive and witty. (If you can bear to relive the horror, Ashes to Ashes, his chronicle of the series, will be published on 27 February).

Encouraging net session for Ricky Ponting

Australia captain Ricky Ponting on Friday came through his scheduled net session as he bids to prove his fitness for the fourth Ashes Test at the MCG following a broken finger.

Ponting '90-10' that he will be fit for the fight on Boxing Day

He may may be averaging less than Mitchell Johnson and, more tellingly, nursing a broken finger that has restricted him to one-handed fielding practice, but Ricky Ponting seems certain to take his place as Australia's captain come the toss in Melbourne tomorrow night.

Khawaja added to squad as Australia fret over Ponting's broken finger

Australia yesterday prompted suspicion about Ricky Ponting's fitness for the fourth Test by calling for reinforcements. In summoning the uncapped Usman Khawaja to the squad as cover the selectors immediately cast doubt on their captain's availability because of a broken finger.

Cook keen to move on to next test

England are out to prove their mettle at the MCG, by adapting successfully to whatever conditions meet them there.

Australia chief upbeat over Ponting fitness

Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland expects Ricky Ponting to play in the fourth Ashes Test - and is confident the captain will step out in front of a world-record crowd of 91,000 at the MCG on Boxing Day.

Khawaja on standby for injured Ponting

Australia have named Usman Khawaja as a standby player in their squad for the fourth Ashes Test as captain Ricky Ponting races to recover from a fractured finger.

Ponting answers his critics and leaves England full of doubt

Captain hails one of the all-time great Ashes spells after Johnson 'transforms' mental battle in series

Leading article: He who laughs last...

Tthere was something unseemly about the way England hailed their victory in the second Test. They swilled beer and champagne, they cavorted and crowed, and they invaded their own pitch. Back in Blighty, it was a similar picture, as though this single win, albeit a convincing one, had already clinched the series. This was despite the fact that, in the first Test, the same players had hardly covered themselves with glory.

Tendulkar hits 50th Test ton but India toil

India 136 & 454-8 South Africa 620-4 dec

Will Hawkes: 'It's particularly cold in the UK...' Nice weather for sledging

The View From The Sofa: The Ashes, Sky Sports 1

Injury means Ponting may miss rest of Ashes series

Finger trouble for captain but Australia set to make it 1-1 after England batting collapse

James Lawton: Cyclical decline? This slump looks terminal

Are we feeling yet a small pang of pity for what is left of Australian cricket? No, thought not, but if the memory of English humiliation four years ago is still too vivid there is another question and the answer may be a bit more complicated.

Collingwood's catch shows why England are the new Australia

Australia 268 England 29-0: Tourists' stunning fielding and calm manner in stark contrast to home side's panicking

Chris Tremlett: I hope I intimidated them

Chris Tremlett believes he has shed his “gentle giant” tag once and for all after producing a fierce spell of bowling on his return to the England team that helped dismiss Australia for 268 at the WACA today.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Panama
Languedoc Roussillon
Marrakesh & the Atlas Mountains
Bruges
The Jura Mountains
Dubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast
Prices correct as of 17 September 2014
Syria air strikes: ‘Peace President’ Obama had to take stronger action against Isis after beheadings

Robert Fisk on Syria air strikes

‘Peace President’ Obama had to take stronger action against Isis after beheadings
Will Lindsay Lohan's West End debut be a turnaround moment for her career?

Lindsay Lohan's West End debut

Will this be a turnaround moment for her career?
'The Crocodile Under the Bed': Judith Kerr's follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

The follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

Judith Kerr on what inspired her latest animal intruder - 'The Crocodile Under the Bed' - which has taken 46 years to get into print
BBC Television Centre: A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past

BBC Television Centre

A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past
Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum