Australia’s captain Michael Clarke at  a news conference before today’s first Ashes cricket Test match against England at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

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 Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum and Hamish Rutherford of New Zealand celebrate the wicket of England captain Alastair Cook during day four of the third Test in Auckland. Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

England were in a desperate position at the close of the fourth day of the final Test match dominated by a vibrant New Zealand team in Auckland(...)