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(...)

 Australian captain Steve Smith plays a stroke on the first day of the third Test against India at the MCG in Melbourne. Photograph:  Australia, 26 December 2014. Photograph: Julian Smith/AAP/EPA

Cricket round-up: Young captain Steven Smith compiled a watchful half-century to guide Australia to 259 for five at stumps and leave the third Test ag(...)

Josh Hazelwood’s five wicket haul on debut dragged Australia back into contention on day two of the second test match against India athe Gabba

Josh Hazlewood’s five for 68 on debut helped Australia battle back into contention in the second Test against India on Thursday but the contest remain(...)

Australia’s David Warner looks to the sky after reaching his century during day one of the opening test match against India at Adelaide

David Warner scored a brilliant 145 and dedicated it to close friend Phillip Hughes as Australia returned to Test action for the first time since thei(...)

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 Shaun Marsh plays a shot during the first day of their  Test match against South Africa in Centurion. Photograph: Reuters

Late call-up Shaun Marsh scored an unbeaten century in his first test in two years to lead a middle-order recovery as Australia closed at 297 f(...)

Matthew Wade celebrates a wicket with Nathan Coulter-Nile of Australia during  the one-day international against England at the Adelaide Oval. Photograph: by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images

In the end it was perhaps all for the best, as England lost a low-scoring and ultimately rather tense and gripping fifth one-day international by seve(...)

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 captain Alastair Cook reacts after losing the Fourth Ashes Test. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Alastair Cook is determined to continue as England captain — even if he loses the Ashes 5-0 — until someone instructs him otherwise.Cook appeared shel(...)

 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 (...)