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

Mickey Arthur sacked as coach of Australia: The reaction on Twitter

News comes just days from the start of the Ashes

Stuart Broad celebrates taking the wicket of J P Duminy of South Africa first ball

James Lawton: Firmer fist will be required if England are to win Champions Trophy final

Such timidity won't do against either the aggressive Indians or stalwart Sri Lanka

Strewth hurts Clint McKay takes a wicket but Darren Bravo (r) made 86

Shane Watson puts lesser known Australians in the shade

West Indies 256-9 Australia 259-6 (Australia win by 4 wickets): All-rounder bounces back from 'career low' in India to show his quality ahead of The Ashes

Steven Finn broke New Zealand's resistance

Angus Fraser deserves credit for unleashing Steven Finn's growing aggression

When a cricketer suffers poor form, his wisest move is usually to speak to those who know his game best.

Stuart Meaker makes his case as Nick Compton misses out

Somerset 384 & 251-9 dec Surrey 366-9 dec (Match drawn): Up-and-coming bowler takes five as England opener has sluggish start

England's Nick Compton (left) celebrates reaching his century

Nick Compton named among Wisden cricketers of the year

England batsman follows grandfather in earning accolade

Fawad Ahmed: 'I'm happy in Australia. I'm looking forward. Now i have a new life and this is a new era'

Australia's spin options for the Ashes

Since the retirement of Shane Warne, the Baggy Greens have struggled to fill the void

Matt Prior

England can 'bully' Australia during the Ashes, says Matt Prior

England have dominated in recent years

Barcelona's Lionel Messi becomes most decorated player in history after winning unprecedented fourth straight Ballon d'Or

James Lawton: Lionel Messi makes us smile – Luis Suarez shows football's ugly new face

Messi’s argument for Andres Iniesta winning the Ballon D’Or was that he was the heartbeat and creative force of Spain’s historic achievement of winning three straight major international tournaments

Flashing wickets

Flashing wickets: Latest innovation in Twenty20 sees stumps light up

Twenty20 cricket heralded another illuminating innovation today with the introduction of stumps and bails that light-up when dislodged during an Australian Big Bash League (BBL) match in Melbourne.

The Indian Angle: Rise of Pujara quells the foreboding over Tendulkar’s decline

In an age when T20 is king, he bats to the rhythms of an earlier generation

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Chelsea captain John Terry announced his international retirement on the eve of an FA charge of racially abusing Queen's Park Rangers' Anton Ferdinand. The move has been seen as a protest at his treatment by the FA, with Terry saying his position with the national team had been made 'untenable'.

International retirement: The England players who called it a day

Former captain John Terry surprised everyone last night by announcing he was retiring from international duty.

Rangana Herath could be the world's best left-arm spinner

Amol Rajan Wrong ’Un: Herath turns on the style to prove there is life after Murali

For Pakistan, their progress looks like one step forward and two steps back

Graeme Swann (left) and Jimmy Anderson in action at Trent Bridge

England pair 'a match for Warne and McGrath'

Anderson and Swann compared to great Australian pace-spin duo

Tendulkar's long wait for his 100th international century came to an end as he moved into three figures in the Asia Cup clash with Bangladesh. The 'Little Master' had been stuck on 99 tons on the international stage since March last year, when he hit 111 in the World Cup against South Africa in Nagpur. The 100th ton was 38-year-old's 49th in ODIs - while he has 51 in Test cricket.

Sachin Tendulkar: a career in pictures

India batsman Sachin Tendulkar today recorded his 100th international century, a remarkable feat to add to the myriad of achievements already completed during the course of a remarkable career.

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