Cricket TV - An update following England's innings victory in Sydney - their third of the series - which gave them a 3-1 Ashes series win over Australia, their first series win in Australia for 24 years.
England bowled Australia out for 281 in their second innings on the final day of the fifth and final Ashes Test to seal a first series win in Australia for 24 years.
England took the three wickets they required during the morning session to wrap up an innings-and-83 run victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
England fast bowler James Anderson is to be handed a rest and return home instead of playing in the two Twenty20 Internationals and first three One-Day Internationals in Australia.
Anderson, who has taken 23 wickets in the five-match Ashes Test series, will return in time for the final four matches, which will be England's final games before the World Cup in Asia, which begins on 19th February.
England all-rounder Paul Collingwood has announced he is to retire from Test cricket following the conclusion of the fifth and final Ashes Test in Sydney.
Amid speculation that the Durham player was due to bring an end to his Test career, confirmation came on the morning of the fourth day at the Sydney Cricket Ground that he was indeed set to retire.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting is to undergo surgery on a fractured finger on his left hand as he bids to recover from the injury which forced him out of the remainder of the Ashes series.
He was unable to play in the ongoing fifth and final Test in Melbourne, which ended a run of 73 straight appearances for his country and he is set to miss the One-Day International series with England but is aiming to recover in time for the World Cup, which gets underway on 19th February.
England batsman Jonathan Trott has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after his unbeaten 168 helped his side retain the Ashes in Melbourne.
Trott's third century in five matches against Australia saw him nudge his career average up to 64 and set England on the way to an innings-and-157-run victory which put them 2-1 up in the series with one match to play.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting will end a run of 73 straight Tests for his country after he was ruled out of the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney due to injury.
He played the fourth Test in Melbourne with a fractured finger but an x-ray after the match showed it had worsened and he has been left out of Australia's 12-man squad for the match, which begins on 2nd January.
Cricket TV - We look back at the Melbourne Ashes Test match, which saw England win by an innings and 157 runs to retain the Ashes urn, moving into an unassailable 2-1 series lead with one match still to play.
Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris is set for a three to four month spell on the sidelines after undergoing ankle surgery to repair the stress fracture he picked up during the Ashes Test at Melbourne.
He suffered the injury on the third day of the match, which Australia went on to lose by an innings and 157 runs as England retained the Ashes.
England completed an innings-and-157-run win over Australia on day four of the fourth Ashes Test match in Melbourne to go 2-1 up in the five-match series and therefore retain the Ashes.
Australia resumed the day on 169 for six and with Ryan Harris not due to bat afer fracturing his ankle on day three, England picked up the remaining three wickets for the addition of 89 runs.
Cricket Australia (CA) have confirmed that fast bowler Ryan Harris is likely to undergo surgery after suffering a stress fracture to his left ankle during the third day's play of the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne.
He was forced to leave the field and a decision on whether he is to return to bat will be made in due course with Australia heading into the final day with four second-innings wickets remaining and still 246 runs behind.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has been fined 40 percent of his match fee after pleading guilty to breaching the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct.
He was charged following an incident on day two of the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne where he entered into a prolonged discussion with umpire Aleem Dar.
Australia restored the balance in the Ashes series with the Perth victory and Ricky Ponting will play at Melbourne with some relief and confidence.
After a one-dimensional show down in the first two Tests, the Perth victory has got the series squared at 1-1.
MetLife Europe Limited (MetLife) is strengthening its support for England's cricketers by renewing its bat sponsorship deal with record-breaking Ashes hero Jonathan Trott.
The number three batsman, whose 135 not out in the first Ashes Test helped break a series of records, has signed a two-year extension to his original one year deal with MetLife.
Australia have named uncapped New South Wales batsman Usman Khawaja as a standby player for the fourth Ashes Test match which begins in Melbourne on 26th December, in case skipper Ricky fails to recover from a fractured finger in time.
Ponting was injured, when he parried a catch from second slip to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin to dismiss England's Jonathan Trott late on day three of the third Test in Perth.
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after his all-round performance helped his side win the third Ashes Test against England.
Johnson, who missed the match in Adelaide, returned to take nine wickets and score a half-centuries in Australia's convincing 267-run victory.
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