India captain MS Dhoni slips as he plays a sweep shot on day three of the third Test against  Australia at the Melbourne Cricket ground. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Cricket round-up: India batsmen Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane struck inspired centuries during a record fourth-wicket partnership at the Melbourne Cr(...)

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(...)

 Boyd Rankin believes that nerves may have played their part in the bouts of cramp he suffered on his Test debut against Australia in Sydney.   Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

England paceman Boyd Rankin has admitted his nerves perhaps got the better of him after a forgettable Test debut against Australia in Sydney last week(...)

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(...)

Brad Haddin of Australia plays a pull shot as he helped to rescue the Australian innings on day one of the fifth Ashes test. Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images

Back in the early 1960s, when Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were in their pomp and hitting back-to back home runs for the New York Yankees, their este(...)

 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(...)

Mitchell Johnson has words with Stuart Broad and Matt Prior during day four of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

The Ashes combatants tried to make light of a series of ill-tempered exchanges as things turned ugly near the close of a long, hot fourth day in the C(...)

Australia’s coach Darren Lehmann says he’s side won’t let up in Ashes rivalry with England. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Australia have dismissed any possibility of changing the in-your-face approach that underpinned their demolition of England in Brisbane as a result of(...)

 Peter Siddle of Australia says James Anderson of England was as much culprit as victim. Photograph:  Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Peter Siddle insists malicious verbal attacks are commonplace in Test cricket and will carry on for the rest of the Ashes series between Australia and(...)