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The spin bowler quit midway through the disastrous tour of Australia

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Mike Hussey faces a race against time to be fit for the World Cup after yesterday undergoing surgery on the hamstring injury he suffered against England on Sunday. Hussey has been ruled out of the remainder of the ongoing seven-match series against England with fellow Western Australian left-hander Shaun Marsh replacing him for the next three games.

On the Front Foot: Lie detectors are a red herring. The MCC want pink balls and Tests at night

Amid all the fuss about lie detectors, the dear old pink ball was forgotten. But the MCC, determined to show their credentials as leaders of the game, will clearly stop at nothing to save it. The World Cricket Committee, now five years old and comprising 20 members of the great, good and plain legendary, ran through the whole gamut of possible technological innovations this week in Perth. The Lord's switchboard was virtually jammed by polygraph manufacturers after the committee suggested their machines might be used in stamping out match-fixing. It would have been fascinating to see how their claims stood up to examination by their own product. Lie-detector tests are the idea of Steve Waugh, who spoke eloquently about the need to stamp out corruption and will lead an MCC-WCC working party. But lie detecting deflected attention from the issue of the pink ball. MCC are on a crusade to develop pink-ball cricket with a view to having floodlit Tests. The pre-season match between MCC and Nottinghamshire will again be played in Dubai with a pink ball, this year with a white rather than a green seam. The WCC has also jumped on the Test championship bandwagon. Indeed, it would claim to have started it and hopes it will "ensure the supreme format of the game can thrive worldwide". To be in Australia right now is not to fear for the future of Test cricket. Rather the reverse. But another series is taking place in South Africa between the host nation and India, ranked at No 1 and No 2. In assessing the crowds it would be kind only to say that touts and scalpers did not bother turning up.

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England beware: Perth has teeth again

For twenty years or so, the Waca was the quickest, bounciest pitch in the world. Batsmen used to break out into cold sweats simply thinking about it, which considering the temperatures here at Test match time (36C) took some doing.

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Small Talk: Going for gold in Western Australia with GGG Resources

Gold continues to glitter. Prices are up strongly and, despite coming back a bit in last the month or two, still remain close to the $1,400 (£887) per ounce mark.

Hope survives but toxic gases threaten to halt mine rescue

Hopes for the 29 men trapped down a New Zealand mine faded last night when lethal levels of toxic gases were found close to where it was hoped they might be found.

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Finn proves a knockout as England's bold new approach lands victory

<b>Western Australia 242-8d &amp; 223 England 223-8d &amp; 243-</b>4: Only Cook's performance provides a worry after tourists take first match with fine bowling and an unbeaten century by Strauss.

On the Front Foot: Now they say we're not really Poms. So who's the real Conn man?

Such is the desire to go Pom-bashing, the Aussies have already been reduced to suggesting that the Poms are, well, not the Poms. In an act of desperation betraying fear, The Australian newspaper greeted England's arrival in Perth with the headline: "England's team of old empire flies in to defend the urn." The story listed the five members of the squad born outside England: four in South Africa, one in Ireland. This is an argument already well-rehearsed at home, where there has been much soul-searching about the policy. But rules, as they say, are rules and of the South African quartet two arrived in England as boys, all have English parentage and all have nailed their colours to England's mast. What were the selectors to do? As for Eoin Morgan, he would seem to be a thorough-going Irishman but if he wanted to play Test cricket his options were limited. The question of birthplace has been raised initially by the accomplished veteran Pom-baiter Malcolm Conn, ace cricket-writer for The Australian who considers it part of his duties. It's always splendid to reflect that this most Australian of Australians is actually a New Zealander.

Finn struggles for length after England's fine start

So the oldest and most broken sporting promise of all was kept for once yesterday.

England confident but not complacent says Matt Prior

Matt Prior had a spring in his step as he left England training at the WACA today a richer man than when he arrived.

Police face charges for using Taser 13 times on Aboriginal man

Civil liberties groups and police watchdogs in Australia have called for an urgent review of the use of Taser stun guns following the death of a man in Sydney and the release of a video showing an Aboriginal prisoner screaming in agony after being repeatedly "zapped" at a Perth police station.

Australian teacher set terrorism plan homework

A high school teacher in Australia who assigned her class to plan a terrorist attack that would kill as many innocent people as possible had no intent to promote terrorism, the school principal said.

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