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 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  bowler Graeme Swann holds a media conference at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to announce his retirement from all international and first-class cricket. Photograph: Joe Castro/EPA

Graeme Swann has called time, with no regrets, on his “magnificent journey” as an England cricketer.Swann’s shock retirement, in the middle of an Ashe(...)

 Australian cricketers celebrate their Ashes win on the pitch several hours after play on day five of the 3rd Test match against  England at the WACA in Perth. Photograph: Dave Hunt/EPA

England captain Alastair Cook has conceded that inquests into England’s Ashes drubbing are inevitable but is convinced that he and coach Andy Flower r(...)

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(...)

Steve Smith and Mitchell Johnson of Australia walk off the ground at the end of day one of the third Ashes test in Perth. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

As the ball softened during the afternoon and the temperature at the Waca rose to somewhere north of Mike Atherton’s batting average, Australia wrestl(...)

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 Mitchell Johnson celebrates bowling out England’s Alastair Cook during day two of the second Test at the Adelaide Oval.  Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Australia 570-9 dec (M Clarke 148, B Haddin 118, C Rogers 72, R Harris 55 no, G J Bailey 53, S Watson 51) v England 35-1After two days of the secon(...)

Boyd Rankin gets in some practice during a nets session with England.

The former Ireland bowler Boyd Rankin has been named in England’s squad for the forthcoming Ashes tour of Australia. The 29-year-old Warwickshire pace(...)

England’s Eoin Morgan hits out from the bowling of Australia’s Fawad Ahmed, during the Second One Day International at Old Trafford. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Michael Clarke’s Australia earned a measure of redemption in Manchester as the captain’s hundred powered them to an 88-run victory over England in th(...)

 Eoin Morgan  in action during a nets session at  Malahide. Photograph:  Clive Rose/Getty Images

Eoin Morgan, the Irishman who will captain England against his homeland this week, does not feel his adopted country are patronising their neighbours(...)

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