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The Ashes: Punch-drunk England`s pride on line in Boxing Day Test

An Ashes series that promised so much has all but fizzled with Australia taking an unassailable 3-0 lead, but Melbourne`s Boxing Day test offers some intrigue as to whether England will continue to self-destruct or salvage some pride from a turbulent campaign.

Swann`s retirement is an opportunity for younger players to grab chances: Cook

England captain Alastair Cook feels Graeme Swann`s sudden retirement will signal the start of a new dawn rather than a descent into the wilderness, according to reports.

Australia`s Pattinson hopes to be back for Boxing Day test

Australia`s fast bowling stocks got some welcome news on Tuesday after James Pattinson suggested he could be fit in time for matches later in the Ashes series against England.

Injured Australia quick Pattinson eyes third Ashes Test

Australia fast bowler James Pattinson is recovering from his back injury ahead of schedule and is targeting the third test in Perth in a boost for the hosts` hopes of wresting the Ashes back from England.

Usman Khawaja might be dropped from fifth Ashes Test

Oz media has indicated that batsman Usman Khawaja could be facing a batting oblivion after Phil Hughes replaced him in the tour game before the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval.

`Embarrassed` Swann dubs Rogers full toss at Lord`s as ` worst piece of cricket`

England bowler Graeme Swann has dubbed a wicket-taking full toss to Australian batsman Chris Rogers during the second day of the second Ashes Test at Lord`s on Friday as the `worst piece of cricket` in Test history, although it helped the off-spinner to his best Ashes figures overnight.

Girl faints at Alastair Cook`s PC

England captain Alastair Cook was left wide-eyed and stunned after a girl fainted in the room where he was addressing a press conference here, prompting him to quip about the "impact" he would make in the ongoing Ashes series.

Lehmann wants more from Australia`s batsmen

Australia coach Darren Lehmann has told his top order batsmen to up their game in time for the second Test against England at Lord`s starting on Thursday.

Arthur urges Oz players to invoke spirit of Federer to beat England

Aiming to square the series against England, Australia coach Mickey Arthur has urged his players to invoke the spirit of six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer.

Injured Cummins eyeing return during limited over series with Pak

Pat Cummins, who flew back home in middle of the five-match one-day series with England due to a side strain, is hopeful of making a come back in the limited over series against Pakistan.

Cummins still backs ‘outclassed’ Australia to win ODI series against England

Australian pacer Pat Cummins, who is returning home after injuring himself midway through the series, has made a public show of faith in his team-mates, backing them to win the one-day series against England.