Sport Graeme Swann announces his decision to retire from international and first-class cricket

The spin bowler quit midway through the disastrous tour of Australia

Australia: First shark killed as controversial culling policy begins

The three-metre animal, believed to be a female tiger shark, was caught on bait lines and shot in the head four times at close range

England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has admitted the side are in a 'desperate state' as they face the prospect of equalling their worst ever run of defeats

ODI series: Prospect of longest ever losing streak has left England in a 'very desperate' state, admits Jos Buttler

One more defeat would leave England equalling their worst ever run of 10 matches without victory

Alastair Cook will not play in the fourth ODI

England eager to avoid 'worst in history' tag

Defeat on Friday will make it nine internationals in a row on tour

James Tredwell believes that the England team need to be honest with themselves following the abysmal tour of Australia

ODI series: England must be as honest with themselves as Alastair Cook has been, claims spinner James Tredwell

Tredwell believes that England haven't given a full demonstration of their skills during a tour that they are yet to avoid defeat on

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Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor ready to fill No 3 vacancy left by Jonathan Trott

The 24-year-old played two Tests against South Africa in 2012

Shaun Marsh is hoping to tie down a regular place in the Australia side despite heading into his thirties

Shaun Marsh hoping to flourish late in his career to tie-down a regular spot in Australia side

Marsh has just seven Test caps after inconsistency and injury blighted his rise through the Aussie ranks

Ashes 2013-14: Green Sydney wicket could force changes for Michael Clarke as the Australia captain targets whitewash

Clarke admits that he doesn't know his own side just yet, let alone England's after SCG pitch is left with a lot of grass on the strip ahead of final Ashes Test

Graeme Swann announced his retirement following the third Ashes Test and England team director Andy Flower has admitted he regrets Swann's decision

Ashes 2013-14: England team director Andy Flower admits his regret over the retirement of spinner Graeme Swann

Flower praises 'outstanding' Swann but admits he had hoped the 34-year-old would see out the remainder of the tour

Postcard from... Sydney

Kevin Pietersen of England bats during day one of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on 26 December 2013

Ashes 2013-14: Scratchy Alastair Cook sets tone for ailing England

Tourists labour to 226 for 6 before 91,000 crowd

Travel agenda

From Brazilian pop-up hotels and luxury African resorts to Scotland-to-Nova-Scotia flights

Steven Finn is yet to play in the 2013-14 Ashes and has had to watch England lose the urn from the sidelines

Ashes 2013-14: England disappointment at series loss reflects frustration for bowler Steven Finn as he is yet to feature Down Under

Both Finn and Boyd Rankin are yet to be used in the bowling attack and Finn admits that it has been frustrating watching the side surrender the Ashes from the sidelines

David Warner is the top scorer in the current Ashes series and has moved up to 11th in the world

Ashes 2013-14: David Warner overhauls Alastair Cook and Ian Bell in ICC rankings

David Warner has leapfrogged the England duo Ian Bell and Alastair Cook up to 11th place in the new ICC Test rankings for batsmen after helping Australia to reclaim the Ashes in Perth.

England batsman Ben Stokes hit his way to his maiden century in the Third Ashes Test in Perth

Ashes 2013-14: Ben Stokes hundred in Perth highlights England's batting failures this series, admits coach Andy Flower

Flower says Stokes' 120 was 'brilliant' but accepts it underlines the batting failures that have haunted the team in their Ashes defeat

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
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Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
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A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried