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Australia Complete Incredible Boxing Day Test Comeback To Take 4-0 Ashes Series Lead

Australia chasing 4-0 lead in Ashes series

Fox Sports 29 Dec 2013 Sport/Cricket/Ashes/Highlights Sport/Cricket Taking a 4-0 series lead lifts Australia from fifth to third on the world rankings, jumping Pakistan and England, which led the table just 16 months ago. Only months after losing the Ashes series in England to go nine Tests in a row without a victory Australia now stands on the verge of history. Just Ricky Ponting's 2006-07 champions and Warwick Armstrong's 1920-21 team have achieved a 5-0 clean sweep of the old enemy. Clarke has been blown away by the remarkable turnaround in his team's fortunes. "To be 4-0 up is hard to describe.
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Australia's iron ore, gas-rich northwest braces for cyclone

He was eventually caught behind off Jimmy Anderson (4-67), who had his most productive innings in an otherwise disappointing series. England captain Alastair Cook got his team off to a strong start in its second innings but Mitchell Johnson again proved to be a thorn in the visitors' side as they lost three wickets for one run in the second session. It got worse after the tea break, as England's tail folded meekly, losing five wickets for six runs to relinquish its advantage and give Australia a second chance to take control of the match. Exciting challenge "It was disappointing and the mood is looking forward to tomorrow," Bairstow said. "I guess it's an exciting challenge knowing we've got to go out and take 10 wickets. "We also know that we bowled them out for less in the first innings." Cook top-scored with 51 off only 64 balls - passing 8,000 Test runs in the process - before being trapped lbw to Johnson's reverse swing, and the top order then crumbled.
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Zimbabwe ambassador to Australia seeks asylum: media

The storm off Australia's northern coast threatens to bring mining and oil and gas production to a standstill. The three largest iron ore miners were watching closely and making preparations. "The mine and rail operations continue to operate as normal but ship loading has now stopped," Rio Tinto spokesman Bruce Tobin said in a statement. BHP spokeswoman Fiona Hadley said the company was "progressively securing port, rail and mine infrastructure and tying-down equipment". Fortescue Metals said it was preparing in line with its cyclone procedures.
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Ruthless Australia march to 4-0 Ashes lead

Jacqueline Zwambila, who is a member of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was appointed to Australia to renew ties between the countries after a unity government was formed in Zimbabwe in 2009. MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai shared power with veteran leader Robert Mugabe in the unity government until a July 31 election which Mugabe won. The opposition rejected the vote as fraudulent but it was largely endorsed homepage by African observers as free and credible. "I am not going to be returning to Zimbabwe," Zwambila told click here! Australia's Fairfax media. Zwambila said the election had been "stolen" by an "illegitimate" government and she would not feel safe going home. Zwambila, who was recalled along with other envoys after Mugabe took office again, has been accused in Zimbabwe of conduct not befitting a diplomat, media in Zimbabwe has reported.
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Australia 143-1 chasing 231 in 4th Ashes test

"It's difficult. It's a tough time," he said. "The good thing in this game we got ourselves an opportunity to win it, yesterday afternoon 60 for naught, building a nice lead. It probably shows where we're at as a side ... levels of confidence." Paceman Mitchell Johnson took eight wickets and was voted player of the match for the third time in four tests this series, despite Rogers' 61 and 116 in a low-scoring match.
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Australia cruise to 4-0 Ashes series lead

Rogers gave up another nick Max Workouts two balls after lunch off the bowling of Broad, but a sluggish Bairstow failed to get a hand on the half-chance. Rogers and Watson cracked boundaries at will, racing to 200 after the 36-year-old opener brought up his ton with a sublime off-drive for four off the bowling of James Anderson. After Watson raised his second half-century of the series, Rogers was finally dismissed by spinner Monty Panesar for his highest score in test cricket, Max Workouts slashing an edge to Bairstow. "Doesn't get better than this to win a Boxing Day test and get 100 on the last day. It's what dreams are made of," Rogers said in a pitchside interview after making his second test century in a late-blooming international career. Like Cook before him in the match, Clarke brought up his 8,000th test run in his short innings, adding another milestone in a year in which he became the first player to reach 1,000 runs.
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4th Ashes Test: Australia beat England by 8 wickets to take 4-0 lead

Playing on his home ground, veteran left-hander Rogers claimed his second Test century after scoring 110 against England in the last series earlier this year at Durham. Rogers, 36, was out caught behind for 116 off 155 balls cutting Monty Panesar, with his team some 31 runs short of victory. At the end, Watson was unbeaten on 83 with skipper Michael Clarke not out six with Australia 231/2. Clarke reached 8,000 Test runs in his unbeaten knock. It was the best fourth innings run chase in 51 years at the Melbourne Cricket Ground since England's 237/3 in 1962-63. 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.
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He rode his luck to his half-century, moving to 49 when an inside edge whistled past the stumps and beat the keeper to run for four, but brought up the milestone with a lovely cut through the covers for two. OPENS SHOULDERS He and Watson helped drive Australia past 100, and then opened their shoulders in the last 40 minutes before lunch to smack 113 runs in the morning session. Rogers gave up another nick two balls after lunch off the bowling of Broad, but a sluggish Bairstow failed to get a hand on the half-chance. Rogers and Watson cracked boundaries at will, racing to 200 after the 36-year-old opener brought up his ton with a sublime off-drive for four off the bowling of James Anderson. After Watson raised his second half-century of the series, Rogers was finally dismissed by spinner Monty Panesar for his highest score in test cricket, slashing an edge to Bairstow.
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