Knight primed for Ashes joust

By Dominic Farrell

England opening batter Heather Knight hopes to leave Australia Women hamstrung when she returns from injury to contest the Ashes in less than a fortnight.

Knight scooped the player of the series award when the two sides met in England over the summer, topping the hosts’ run-charts with the help of a pivotal 157 in the sole Test match.

Cook frustrated at MCG loss

Skipper Alastair Cook was left to rue England letting a good position slip following their eight-wicket defeat in the Boxing Day Test.

The tourists appeared to hold a winning hand yesterday, when they led by 116 with 10 second-innings wickets remaining.

However, a collapse left Australia a victory target of 231 – which they ultimately chased down for the loss of just two wickets at the MCG.

Australia cruise to victory in Melbourne

By Matthew Sherry

Australia claimed a 4-0 lead in the Ashes as Chris Rogers’ second Test hundred helped secure a comprehensive eight-wicket win at the MCG.

Having resumed on 30 without loss chasing 231, the hosts were aided by some disappointing England fielding as two early chances went down.

However, a moment of cheer came for the tourists when David Warner feathered the impressive Ben Stokes behind for 25.

LIVE: Australia v England, 4th Test, Day 1

By Matthew Sherry

England headed into the Boxing Day at the MCG seeking to restore pride after surrendering the Ashes by slipping 3-0 behind in Perth.

The tourists were without Graeme Swann, who retired from international cricket at the weekend, but Stuart Broad was passed fit after suffering a foot injury at the WACA.

Having been asked to bat, England started impressively as Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry prospered.

Hafeez eases Pakistan home

Mohammad Hafeez’s second straight unbeaten hundred gave Pakistan one-day series victory over Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates.

Having hit 140 on Sunday, Hafeez’s 113 from number three saw Pakistan chase 226 with eight wickets and 53 balls to spare at Abu Dhabi, earning a 3-1 lead with a game to go in the five-match rubber.

Mohammad Hafeez scores smoothly in his second consecutive century, which secured an unassailable 3-1 series lead for Pakistan over Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi

Once Angelo Mathews bowled Sharjeel Khan for 13 with a slower ball, Hafeez added 84 alongside Ahmed Shehzad.