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Republican dreams a distant memory as Queen begins tour

Little more than a decade ago, Australia seemed poised to reject the British monarchy in favour of a home-grown head of state. But as the Queen embarks on her 16th visit to one of the farthest-flung members of the Commonwealth, the prospect of an Australian republic seems more distant than ever.

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The IPL chief has a plan to protect Tests, he tells Stephen Brenkley in Chandigarh. Just don't inform the players

Strange death of Australian republicanism

On possibly her final visit, the Queen finds an anti-monarchy movement at its lowest ebb in decades

England plot changes to save series

Tourists need a rapid turnaround in Mohali tomorrow if they are to avoid third loss in a row

James Lawton: Kid next door Cruden has world in hands after beating cancer

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James Lawton: All calm with the All Blacks after soothing Australia defeat

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Kohli takes England to the cleaners

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