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Pattinson Returns To Australia Side After Back Injury

The 23-year-old Pattinson has been recovering from a lower back injury that forced him home from Australia's tour of England earlier this year. Pattinson, who said he had been inspired by the exploits of Australia's pace bowlers in recapturing the Ashes off England, had been working back to match fitness by playing Melbourne club cricket and domestic Twenty20 fixtures before possibly making the tour to South Africa. "James Pattinson has worked hard to get back to full fitness and will be looking to regain his best form," national selection panel head John Inverarity said in a statement. "His performances will provide a guide to the (panel) when it selects the team for the test tour to South Africa in February and March." Australia captain Michael Clarke returns to the side after missing the series in India with injury, while explosive opener David Warner has returned to the side after strong domestic form and throughout the Ashes. The first match of the five-game series is at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 12. England and Australia meet in the fifth and final test of the Ashes series from January 3 in Sydney.
More: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/12/30/uk-cricket-australia-squad-idUKBRE9BT0QJ20131230?feedType=RSS&feedName=sportsNews

Australia cyclone heads inland after battering iron ore ports

It was the best fourth innings run chase in 51 years at the Melbourne Cricket Ground since England's 237 for three in 1962-63. View gallery England's Alastair Cook (L) talks to teammate James Anderson before starting an over on the four While England have been on the end of heavy defeats this Test series, Sunday was a particularly dispiriting loss for England, who were well on top and led the home side by 116 with 10 wickets in hand after lunch on Saturday's third day. Man-of-the-match Mitchell Johnson and spinner Nathan Lyon staged a dramatic turnaround, with England bowled out for 179, leaving Australia with what became a comfortable task of scoring 231 in more than two days for victory. It was Australia's fourth consecutive win over England and comes four months after they lost the last [link] series 3-0 in England. "The bottom line is we haven't been good enough," Cook said.
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Australia?s WikiLeaks Party under fire because members met with Assad to ?show solidarity?

Winds with gusts exceeding 160 kilometers per hour (100 mph)are possible near the center of the cyclone over the next few hours, easing only slightly as Christine moves inland during Tuesday, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. A red alert - meaning residents must seek shelter - has been issued for the mining hubs of Tom Price and Paraburdoo, the weather bureau said. The area is home to some of Australia's biggest iron ore mines, including ones owned by Rio Tinto and Fortescue. "There is a threat to lives and homes," the Department of Fire and Emergency Services said in a statement. "You are in danger and need to act immediately." resource About 56,000 people live in the Pilbara, which is about the size of Peru. Cyclones typically cause disruptions to mining operations of between two and five days.
More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/30/us-australia-cyclone-idUSBRE9BR04220131230?feedType=RSS&virtualBrandChannel=11563

Australia win for 4-0 lead - now for series sweep

The hosts have played reference with the same team since the start of the series in November and they will head to Sydney eyeing a whitewash when the match starts on Friday. "We've had some good stability," Rogers, who struck a sparkling century to fire Australia to a dominant eight-wicket win in the fourth Ashes test, told reporters on Tuesday. "I just think it would be nice to have that same 11 standing on the podium at the end. "The guys who have been here this whole series deserve to be there so it would be nice if we can keep that same team." Paceman Ryan Harris and all-rounder Shane Watson bowled sparingly in the second innings in Melbourne as they managed respective knee and groin complaints but are expected to be fit for Sydney. Australia lost 3-0 in the year's first Ashes series in England and few would have seen the reversal Down Under.
More: http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/12/31/cricket-ashes-australia-idINDEE9BU06720131231

Australia chase 201 blog runs to win fourth Ashes Test

Peace brokering a good idea, but obvious meeting would be spun without care. Did not know or approve, it said on its official Twitter feed. According to The Australian newspaper, the delegation included Shipton and WikiLeaks national council member Gail Malone, as well as Sydney university academic Tim Anderson and refugee activist Jamal Daoud. Shipton announced plans to set up a WikiLeaks Party office in Damascus in a show of solidarity with ordinary Syrians, The Australian said. The WikiLeaks Party said a formal report from the fact finding delegation will be published once the delegates return to Australia, in a brief statement on its Twitter feed. In a December 22 website post announcing it would take part in the solidarity delegation, the WikiLeaks Party said the visit was to show opposition to violence and Western military intervention. The WikiLeaks Party was the first party in Australia to warn of the deadly consequences of any Western military intervention in Syria, the post said.
More: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/31/australias-wikileaks-party-under-fire-because-members-met-with-assad-to-show-solidarity/

Australia set to maintain winning combination in Sydney

"Tomorrow Australia has to be really patient with our batting and it's going to be a massive challenge," Lyon said. "We have to hang in there, stay patient and have good intent and try to rotate the strike." England suffered two batting collapses -- losing three wickets for one run in the middle stages and their last five wickets for six runs. View gallery Australian spin bowler Nathan Lyon celebrates as the ball hits the stumps on the third day of the fo Although the highest successful run chase at the MCG is England's 332 for seven in 1928, since the current 'drop-in' pitch was first used at the ground in 1996 the highest successful fourth innings run chase since then is 183 by South Africa in 2008. "We're very confident," England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow said. "Weve got people in our side that have shown over a number of years the skills that are needed tomorrow to win us this game of cricket Were still 200 runs in front." The Australians roared back into contention with a sensational bowling and fielding performance with Lyon and Johnson the heroes on a compelling day's cricket after they were all out for 204.
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