Australia’s Michael Clarke sets the field during the third day of the third test match against South Africa. Photograph: Shaun Roy/Reuters

Australia took complete control of the deciding third test against South Africa on an elongated third day in Cape Town. Replying to Austr(...)

Australia’s Mitchell Johnson  celebrates with team-mates after the dismissal of South Africa’s captain Graeme Smith during the second day of the first Test match in Centurion, South Africa. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Mitchell Johnson picked up where he left off in the Ashes, taking four wickets as Australia moved into a strong position on day two of the firs(...)

James Anderson of England bowls during Day Two of the fifth Ashes Test match against   Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground . Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images

England appeared to be heading towards an Ashes whitewash after another inadequate batting display as they closed Day Two of the final Test 311 runs b(...)

England’s Scott Borthwick bowls during the nets session.

It is either new year or another random day in the calendar. Was it last year when England were dismantled by Australia or merely a few days ago? It i(...)

Australia’s Mitchell Johnson exchanges pleasantries with England’s Kevin Pietersen during the third day of the fourth Ashes test. Photograph: David Gra/Reuters

Bemused England had no explanation for the latest batting collapse to beset their Ashes campaign.The tourists appeared well-set in the early afternoon(...)

 Kevin Pietersen of England is dropped by Australia’s George Bailey off the bowling of Ryan Harris during day one of the Fourth Ashes Test  at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photograph: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

The Melbourne Cricket Ground was packed to the rafters. From the front rows to the nose-bleed gods, 91,092 people turned up, beating the old official (...)

England’s Alastair Cook leaves the field after being bowled out first ball during day four of the third test at the Waca in Perth. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

A dominant Australia are five wickets away from reclaiming the Ashes after hammering England with the bat and reducing them to 251 for five with the b(...)

England captain Alastair Cook arrives for an England nets session at Waca in  Perth, Australia, today. Photograph:  Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Alastair Cook has described the third Test as “do or die” for England, though the captain’s cause was immediately hindered when Monty Panesar suffered(...)

 Michael Clarke of Australia injured his leg on Monday.  Photograph:  Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Australia captain Michael Clarke is confidently expecting to be fit for the second Ashes test, despite missing training on Tuesday because of his sore(...)

 Steve Smith takes a catch to dismiss England’s Matt Prior for a duck on day two of the first Ashes test. Photograph: Dave Hunt/EPA

Where to start with that then? Perhaps begin at the beginning, as Dylan Thomas would have it: England managed Llareggub on a brutal day that might jus(...)