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  • The Ashes
  • Flower set for England talks
  • Dec 30, 2013: England team director Andy Flower will meet with the new managing director of England cricket, Paul Downton, in Sydney over the New Year to plot a way forward for the team after their disastrous tour of Australia

  • The Ashes
  • Don't scapegoat Flower - Strauss
  • Dec 29, 2013: Andrew Strauss, whose alliance with Andy Flower was at the heart of England's success, has insisted he remains the best coach available and that he should not be made a scapegoat for a humiliating Ashes series.

  • The Ashes
  • Cook commits to England captaincy
  • Dec 29, 2013: Alastair Cook insisted he was "100% wanting to carry on" as England captain but was obliged to defend his senior players, the side's coaches and his own position in the aftermath of defeat in Melbourne

  • The Ashes
  • Rogers and Watson bury hapless England
  • Dec 29, 2013: This time last year, the thought of Australia's cricketers reaching Sydney with a 4-0 Ashes margin in their pockets seemed about as likely as that of the long discarded Chris Rogers making a century in the Boxing Day Test

  • World Cup
  • Scotland turn to Collingwood
  • Dec 28, 2013: Paul Collingwood will lead Scotland through the World Cup qualifiers after being named as new joint-head coach. Pete Steindl has been replaced after Scotland's failure to reach the finals of World Twenty20

  • The Ashes
  • Australia gifted reprieve by broken England
  • Dec 28, 2013: Nathan Lyon took 5 for 50, including his 100th Test wicket, as he and Mitchell Johnson inspired another England collapse to set up a chase of 231 for a 4-0 series lead

  • The Ashes
  • England bloody Australia at last
  • Dec 27, 2013: Australia's batsmen demonstrated familiar frailty as they batted second for the first time in the series and lurched to 9 for 164, still 91 behind

  • The Ashes
  • Pietersen fights but Australia on top
  • Dec 26, 2013: A world record crowd of 91,092 at the MCG sat with admirable patience as a tentative England nudged and scraped against Australia's unrelenting bowlers on Boxing Day

  • The Ashes
  • 'I'm as good as gold' - Pietersen
  • Dec 24, 2013: Kevin Pietersen insists he is in as good a shape as any time during his international career despite his poor form in this Ashes series

  • The Ashes
  • Swann denies parting shot at England team
  • Dec 23, 2013: Graeme Swann has reiterated comments he made following the announcement of his immediate retirement from all forms of cricket were not to do with "the England dressing room or anyone in it."

  • South Africa v India
  • South Africa fall just short of record run chase
  • Dec 22, 2013: At the start of day five, South Africa needed 320 with eight wickets in hand and a victory for them seemed miles away. But Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers' got them in sight of a win, before late wickets meant the most thrilling of draws

  • The Ashes
  • Attacking Swann was our plan - Lehmann
  • Dec 22, 2013: Australia's coach Darren Lehmann believes the ability of his batsmen to hit the now retired Graeme Swann out of the attack over the first three Tests was a major contributor in Australia reclaiming the Ashes

  • The Ashes
  • Bresnan: Mood 'strange' in England camp
  • Dec 21, 2013: Tim Bresnan is adamant that England will still be playing for pride despite having already lost the Ashes series to Australia, but admitted there is a different feeling in the dressing room ahead of the fourth Test in Melbourne

  • England
  • 'Stronger' Bopara wants Test spot
  • Dec 20, 2013: After a halting first experience of combat against Australia, Ravi Bopara is adamant he can return to Test cricket for England, and has the tale of his Sydney Sixers team-mate Steven Smith as a source of encouragement to do so.

  • The Ashes 2013-14
  • Watson batting for the team - Clarke
  • Dec 19, 2013: Michael Clarke epitomised the new unity that characterised the team's rapid advance to a 3-0 margin over England by expressing his satisfaction about Shane Watson's team-oriented century in the third innings at the WACA ground

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