Sport Alastair Cook and Graeme Swann celebrate during the 2013-14 Ashes Series in Australia

Swann also reveals he retired midway through the series as his own performances were 'awful' and he was becoming a hindrance to his team

Uncertain corridors: Writings on modern cricket by Gideon Haigh

Uncertain corridors: Writings on modern cricket by Gideon Haigh, book review

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).

Spin bowler Scott Borthwick has been linked with an England call-up for the final Ashes test

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Former England head coach and all-rounder David Lloyd

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Piers Morgan attempts to avoid a Brett Lee bouncer aimed at his head, with little success

Piers Morgan hit four times in six balls in his Ashes showdown with former Australia bowler Brett Lee

England's biggest critic attempts to show Alastair Cook's boys how it's done - with minimal success

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Australian captain Michael Clarke and England's James Anderson exchange words during day four at The Gabba

Angus Fraser on the Ashes 2013-14: Criticism when you are not playing well can cut deep

The only surprise with Jonathan Trott’s decision to withdraw from England’s Ashes tour of Australia with a stress-related illness is that instances like this do not occur more often. The scrutiny top sportsmen and women are now exposed to and the expectation that is placed on their sometimes fragile bodies is immense. It should, therefore, come as no surprise when an individual is forced to remove themselves from the limelight because they are unable to cope.

Indian supporters queue to watch Sachin Tendulkar's final match

Sachin Tendulkar retirement: Massive outpouring of emotion for Little Master

There was to be no fairy-tale century in Tendulkar’s 200th and final Test but he was roared back to the pavilion

Michael Clarke

The Ashes 2013-14: Michael Clarke heralds Australian transformation as 'flying' squad close gap on England

There is a growing belief ahead of the impending series

England captain Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry salute the crowd as they leave the field at the end of day one of the tour match between Australia A and England

The Ashes 2013-14: Michael Carberry feels debt of gratitude to Shane Warne

Carberry hit an opening century in England's latest warm-up game

Matthew Hoggard after taking the wicket of Matthew Hayden at Lord’s in the 2005 Ashes series

Matthew Hoggard retires: He took 248 wickets – and hit one amazing four

There is plenty to remember Matthew Hoggard for. The hat-trick at Bridgetown in 2004 springs quickly to mind. The magnificent spell of swing bowling the following year in Johannesburg, which came from nowhere and won a Test match, would be on anybody's list of decisive interventions.

Batsman Chris Rogers offers stability to the top order

Ashes 2013: Michael Clarke’s Australia have learnt on the job but still look worryingly off the pace

The Aussie Angle: Starc is good in patches, though there is no warning when they’ll appear

Mark Ramprakash says England are playing to their strengths

The Ashes: Australia should have hung on to their senior pros, says Mark Ramprakash

Former batsman says England would have found it tougher against Hussey and Katich

Ashes 2013: Australian batsman Steve Smith defends England players behaviour in wake of Shane Warne arrogance remark

Smith claims series has been 'hard but fair' and also denies that any player has been cheating following cheating allegation accusation

Chris Rogers posted a career high 84 in his fourth Test

John Townsend: Chris Rogers haunted by Old Trafford ghost but proves he belongs

The Aussie Angle: There were such doubts that he was considering a move to Tasmania

Andrew Flintoff of England looks dejected as Brett Lee (L) and Glenn McGrath hold on in 2005

Ashes 2013: England v Australia - top five moments at Old Trafford

The Manchester ground plays host to the third Test

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