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35-year-old veteran Chris Rogers will open the batting in the Ashes series which begins next week

Ashes 2013: 'One-Test wonder' Chris Rogers is Darren Lehmann’s choice to open batting for Australia

In less than a week Darren Lehmann has transformed Australia. It may not mean that they regain the Ashes but their new coach has swiftly declared his hand.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron poses inside the premises of the holy Sikh shrine the Golden temple in the northern Indian city of Amritsar

Visa bonds a blow to ‘special relationship’ with India

Cameron should think carefully before he progresses with this scheme, which has been greeted with anger and disbelief by the very people the PM has tried to woo

Indian security personnel stand guard at an entrance gate - covered with portraits of missing pilgrims - of the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun

Anger as Indian politicians involved in scuffles at airport over flood relief

As India on Thursday began the mass cremation of hundreds of bodies left by the Himalayan floods, half a dozen politicians from rival parties have been condemned after scuffling at an airport and trying to lure survivors on to planes they had chartered.

Head to head: Joe Root and Nick Compton

Weight of hope and expectation crushes Nick Compton's Ashes dream

Batsman waited decade for his Test chance but then appeared too eager to take it

Pakistan's new Prime Minister plans to prosecute the man who ousted him from power in a military coup in 1999 for treason

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says he will try Pervez Musharraf for treason

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister has said he plans to prosecute the man who ousted him from power in a military coup in 1999 for treason – a crime that carries a maximum penalty of death by hanging.

Indian home minister says Uttarakhand flood death toll over 1,000 and still rising

Soldiers recovered more bodies as they cleared debris in villages flattened by landslides and monsoon floods in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, bringing the death toll from torrential rains above 1,000, the home minister said today.

Virat Kohli of India celebrates victory during the ICC Champions Trophy Final between England and India at Edgbaston
Theresa May is pressing ahead with a controversial scheme to force visitors from 'high-risk' countries in Asia and Africa to pay a 'security bond' of £3,000 before they are allowed into Britain

India, Pakistan, Nigeria: The 'high risk' countries whose visitors to UK face paying £3,000 'security bond' to make sure they return home

Theresa May is pressing ahead with a controversial scheme to force visitors from “high-risk” countries in Asia and Africa to pay a “security bond” of £3,000 before they are allowed into Britain.

Champions Trophy: Dhoni boys have been dominant

India have dominated the seventh Champions Trophy in every aspect of play in the past fortnight, winning all four of their games. It suggests they will be a handful in any conditions.

England's Johnathan Trott runs between the wickets as South African captain AB Devilliers (second right) looks on during the One Day International (ODI) ICC Champions Trophy Semi-final cricket match (AFP)

Champions Trophy: The tournament and players that have proved their critics wrong

The underappreciated and unloved have had two weeks to remember

India lift the World Cup trophy at Lord’s in June 1983

The shot that made India cricket kings

The IPL, their rise to one-day greatness, the demise of Lord’s as the home of cricket – all these things stem from one mistimed Viv Richards pull.

An Indian man evacuvated due to rising waters searches the banks of the Yamuna River in New Delhi, where nearly 5,000 people have been evacuated

Stranded in Uttarakhand: 50,000 trapped by flooding and landslides after 'Himalayan tsunami' hits India

Fears that death toll of 150 could soar, with up to 14,000 unaccounted for

India's Shikhar Dhawan batting during the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy semi-final cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at the Cardiff Wales Stadium in Cardiff

Champions Trophy: England to play India in final after Sri Lanka are emphatically beaten

India won by eight wickets in Cardiff

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

AgustaWestland trial starts

Two former chief executives of Anglo-Italian helicopter maker AgustaWestland went on trial in Italy yesterday, accused of corruption over a €560m (£479m) deal to sell helicopters to India.

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