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Jacques Kallis: South Africa beat India in all-rounder's final Test

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Jacques Kallis ended his Test career with a victory as South Africa beat India by 10 wickets in Durban.

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South Africa fall short of world-record run chase in first Test

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South Africa fell eight runs short of a world-record run chase but secured a draw in the first Test against India in Johannesburg by finishing on 450-7.

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Ashes 2013/14: Australia captain praises Ben Stokes, his bowlers after victory in Perth

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Australia captain Michael Clarke lavished praise on his side after they clinched the Ashes with victory in the third Test - and then warned England "we'd love to win 5-0"

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Ashes 2013-14: Australia beat England to regain urn in Perth

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Australia have the Ashes for the first time in seven years after sealing a deserved 150-run win in Perth to take an impregnable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

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Ashes 2013-14: Australia build huge lead over England in Perth

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Australia took total charge of the third Test as England's slim hopes of an Ashes fightback disappeared on a one-sided third day in Perth.

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Ashes 2013-14: Australia thrash England in Adelaide

Australia secured a 2-0 lead in the Ashes series after brushing away the last feeble vestiges of English resistance to win the second Test by a thumping 218 runs.

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Michael Clarke is 'world's best batsman'

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Michael Clarke's latest Ashes hundred underlined the Australia captain's status as the best batsman in the world, team-mate Brad Haddin said.

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Ashes 2013-14: England toil as Australia dominate second Test

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England's hopes of retaining the Ashes took another battering as Australia took complete control of the second Test on an utterly one-sided second day.

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Ashes 2013-2014: England fight back against Australia

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England fought back after an ominous Australian start as a tense, seesaw first day of the second Test ended with the hosts on 273-5.

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The Ashes 2013-14: Behaviour of players must improve, says Cook

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England captain Alastair Cook admitted player behaviour went "over the top" in the first Ashes Test and has urged both sides to improve their conduct.

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Alastair Cook & James Anderson on ICC cricketer award shortlist

England captain Alastair Cook and fast bowler James Anderson have been named on the six-man shortlist for the 2013 ICC Cricketer of the Year award.

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Ashes 2013-14: Joe Root may bat three, hints Graham Gooch

England batting coach Graham Gooch hinted Joe Root will take Jonathan Trott's place at three for the second Test against Australia as Tim Bresnan was declared fit for selection.

Bresnan has been officially added to the touring Ashes squad and may well start ahead of Chris Tremlett as England look to fight back from the 381-run defeat in Brisbane.

Root's move up the order is expected to leave room for Gary Ballance to make his Test debut, although Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow are also in the frame.

England have to make changes to their batting line-up after Trott left the Ashes because of a long-standing stress-related condition.

Gooch told BBC Sport: "Root is an opener. We didn't obviously foresee this situation with Trott, but players have to adapt.

"Whoever comes into the team, whether it is Ballance, Stokes or Bairstow, I would have thought they would come in down the order.

"If Joe is selected at number three, or Ian Bell, either of them will relish the opportunity and relish the challenge. You have got to go out there and stick your chest out for England, and that is what both of them will do if they are asked to fulfil that role."

Ballance top-scored with 55 as England drew their tour match against a Chairman's XI in Alice Springs over the weekend, with all-rounder Stokes making 28.

Zimbabwe-born Ballance was believed to be pencilled in to play at six in the first Test, but his poor form in the warm-up games and the contrasting heavy scoring of Michael Carberry brought a rethink.

The selection of Stokes would allow England to pick another bowler, possibly Monty Panesar, on a pitch at the Adelaide Oval that has proved slightly more helpful to spinners than pace bowlers this season.

Gooch said: "Ballance got stuck in well in Alice Springs - I like his temperament and the way he plays.

"Stokes has impressed as well with his attitude and the way he's gone about his cricket. I think we all think he's noticeably improved in the last month."

Australia, meanwhile, are likely to go into the Test with an unchanged side from the one that hammered England at the Gabba.

There had been the slim possibility that coach Darren Lehmann might rest the injury-prone Ryan Harris on a pitch that has been a batsman's paradise in the past month, but Harris insists he will play on.

He said: "I'll be all guns blazing here as well. I'm not going to miss a Test unless I really have to.

"I said that from the start I want to play five matches. All the reports about me resting - I hadn't even had a conversation with Boof [Lehmann], and he hasn't mentioned one word about me resting which is good. I'm ready to go here."

Harris backed his coach's assertion that there would be no mention of Trott during play after the batsman flew home from the tour.

"I'd be disappointed if anyone brings that up," said Harris. "It's not a nice thing that he's going through.

"We want Jonathan Trott back playing cricket, the whole world does. He's obviously made a big decision to go back and I'd love to see him playing soon.

"I had some great battles with him over in England and I was looking forward to doing that again here. Hopefully he gets back playing soon because the England team need him but world cricket needs him. He's a world class player."

But Harris admitted there would be no other quarter given despite the fact that match referee Jeff Crowe will speak to both captains before the Test to ask that they tone down the sledging that dominated the first Test.

Michael Clarke was fined 20% of his match fee at the Gabba after the stump microphone picked him up telling James Anderson to "get ready for a broken arm".

Harris told BBC Sport: "We'll keep that pressure and aggression up. A lot has been said about the sledging, but it's stuff that's been going on for a long time.

"It's the same for both ways. We give it to them and they give it to us. It's Ashes cricket; everyone wants to win."

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Ashes 2013-14: Bowler Tim Bresnan added to England squad

Bowler Tim Bresnan has been added to England's squad for the second Ashes Test against Australia which begins in Adelaide on Thursday.

The 28-year-old, who has recovered from a back injury, produced a solid display against Queensland Second XI last Thursday to push for a Test place.

The Yorkshireman took 4-31 for the England Performance Programme team.

A stress fracture of the back has ruled seamer Bresnan out of selection since the fourth Ashes Test in August.

England must shuffle their batting order following Jonathan Trott's return home with a stress-related condition.

Batting coach Graham Gooch has confirmed that either Bresnan's fellow Yorkshireman Joe Root or Ian Bell will move to number three in place of Trott.

Both Root and Bell say they are happy to bat anywhere for England, who suffered a resounding 381-run defeat in the first Test.

On Saturday, Bell said: "We've spoken about it and I'm absolutely willing to go to number three."

And a day later, Root said: "It doesn't matter to me, I just love playing for England. Regardless of whether I'm opening, three, five, six, it's been brilliant.

"If I get the chance to do it, it would be a great challenge for me - and I'd love to do it."

Root says he is eager to resume rivalries with Australia and bowler Mitchell Johnson in the second Test, which starts on Thursday.

England failed to deal with Johnson's pace as he took 9-103 in Brisbane.

"It's great - that's why you play Test cricket, to get in confrontations and battles like that and try to be successful," said Root, 22.

"Bring it on. It should be good fun. I'm really looking forward to it."

Root was dismissed for two in England's first innings in Brisbane, before scoring a resolute 26 not out in the second innings.

His latter knock from 118 balls appeared to frustrate Johnson as the Aussie bowler aimed a sarcastic smile at Root, who refused to get drawn into the type of verbal confrontation which overshadowed the first Test.

"Guys are out there to win, and it's all part of the game," added Root.

"Whether you like it or not, you have to deal with it on the field and find your own way to cope.

"If the ICC want to step in when they think things have gone too far, that's up to them. But all we can do is control what we're doing, and try to win the game for our country.

"I enjoy being out there, and the battles you get are all part of the game. I'm sure it will continue the whole series."

"If we perform well that's best way of counter-acting it.

Root opened with captain Alastair Cook in the summer Ashes series before batting at number six in the first Test.

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Ashes 2013-14: Monty Panesar announcer denies racism

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The announcer who was stood down by Cricket Australia for mocking Monty Panesar has denied making a racial slur towards the England spinner.

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Jonathan Trott: England players heartbroken, says Broad

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England bowler Stuart Broad says the gruelling schedules players face may have exacerbated the problem that led to Jonathan Trott's "heartbreaking" early Ashes exit.

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Ashes 2013-14: ICC to urge Ashes players to 'calm down'

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Australia and England will be urged to calm down by the ICC match referee before the second Test in Adelaide.

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Ashes 2013-14: Former Australia player Ian Healy criticises umpires

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Ashes umpires have been told to "stiffen up their act" after tensions mounted in the first Test between England and Australia in Brisbane.

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England suffer crushing defeat

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England slumped to a humiliating 381-run defeat in the first Test as Mitchell Johnson once again blew their fragile batting away.

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England blown away by Australia

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England suffered a calamitous second afternoon as they collapsed from 82-2 to 136 all out to hand Australia total control of the first Test.

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Ashes 2013-14: Stuart Broad puts England in control in Brisbane

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Five wickets from a fired-up Stuart Broad gave England the upper hand as Australia struggled to 273-8 on a seesaw opening day of the Ashes.

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'Gabba build-up

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Everything you need to know ahead of the first Ashes Test.

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