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England v Australia, 4th ODI, Lord's

Lee has a ball and makes his point

As Brett Lee made his way into the Lord's museum for his press conference, the ball he had used to claim a series-clinching 5 for 49 was already on display behind one of the glass cabinets

Alastair Cook

Gooch fine-tunes his young protege

While England struggle, Alastair Cook, not required for international duty, has been hitting hundreds for Essex in domestic one-day cricket to fine-tune his game

There's life in the ODI yet

No version of the game that has produced so many outstanding feats ought lightly to be tossed away in favour of a format that does not offer the possibility of greatness

Ashes

Settlers and sons

The Sydney-based Roebuck has long maintained that Aussie dominance in the Ashes is a fitting reflection of the contrast between (what he perceives to be) the vibrant and competitive "prevailing culture" in his adopted home and a chronic national