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.

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

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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

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

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

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.

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.

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