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There are rumours that the batsman's England career is over

Mitchell Johnson claimed four wickets on the first day against Sri Lanka

Mitchell Johnson bags 200th wicket

Mitchell Johnson put in a timely pre-Ashes performance with a four-wicket haul to take him to 200 career scalps and help dismiss Sri Lanka for a paltry 156 on the first day of the second Test in Melbourne.

Tillakaratne Dilshan may retire from Tests

The veteran opener Tillakaratne Dilshan has revealed he is thinking about calling time on his Test career.

MS Dhoni hit the winning runs to quell calls for his resignation

MSDhoni makes wayward England pay as Eoin Morgan starts with Twenty20 defeat

England 157-6 India 158-5 (India win by five wickets): India regain winning touch as the tourists’ bowlers are punished for their indiscipline

Australia claim late wickets to earn victory over Sri Lanka

Australia win first Test in Hobart

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First class-cricket yarn will bowl you over

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Her glittering music career may have grabbed the headlines, but her new book, a vibrant collection of collages, photos and prints, reveals an artist of wide-ranging talents. Gillian Orr meets her

Ricky Ponting led Australia to 48 wins in 77 Tests as captain

Kevin Garside: Everyman Ponting bows out as legend of Australian grit

You need a rope and crampons to scale the stats mountain he compiled

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James Wharton: 'I'm a local lad, this is my home and it’s a huge opportunity to represent a community you feel a part of'

Shortly after James Wharton dramatically won the Tory party’s only seat in the North-East two years ago – and it was by a hairline majority of 332 votes – he gave an interview to his local paper in which he explained how he was sleeping on a friend’s floor following his move to Westminster.

Kevin Pietersen - the most controversial England player of recent times

Flower backs batsmen to come good by tour’s end

Coach asks to be judged after four Tests but is at a loss as to why 2012 has been a poor year with bat

This Sri Lanka massacre shows UN has not learned from its failures in Rwanda

Operatives allowed themselves to be bullied by a murderous government

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UN 'failed to protect' hundreds of thousands of civilians caught up in Sri Lankan civil war

The United Nations failed miserably to protect hundreds of thousands of civilians caught up in the last months of Sri Lanka’s civil war, says an internal inquiry.

Graeme Swann flies back to England from India tour

Graeme Swann is expected to play in the first Test against India despite returning to England to be with his ill daughter.

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Pakistan unveils bullet-proof buses for cricketers in bid to end boycott

Determined to end the boycott of their country by international teams, Pakistan's cricket authorities have announced plans to buy a fleet of armoured buses to protect visiting players against attacks. They will also build a new high-security stadium in the nation's capital.

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It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
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Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
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The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

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The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
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Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
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The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
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Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
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