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England frustrated by big stand in final tour match

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SYDNEY England were held to a draw by a Cricket Australia XI in their final tour match ahead of the Ashes after they struggled to break a fourth-wicket partnership of 263 on a lifeless Townsville pitch on Saturday.

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Australian medical group wants access to Manus Island asylum seekers 5:23am GMT

MELBOURNE Australia's main medical association called on Saturday for the government to allow independent doctors and other health experts to help more than 400 asylum seekers languishing inside a recently closed detention centre in Papua New Guinea.

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Ashes surprise Marsh eager to grasp his latest last chance 4:47am GMT

SYDNEY Batsman Shaun Marsh is determined to grasp what he admits is probably a final chance to establish himself as a regular member of the Australia test side after earning an Ashes recall.

By-election could cost Australian government power 2:02am GMT

MELBOURNE Australia's conservative coalition government is at risk of losing power after a new poll revealed the opposition Labor Party is neck-and-neck in a knife-edge by-election triggered by a constitutional crisis.

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May flying as England hope raw speed can tame Wallabies 17 Nov 2017

LONDON England could be unleashing the fastest back three they have ever fielded when they meet Australia at Twickenham on Saturday, spearheaded by an eccentric speedster whose captain hails him as "unbelievable."

Mooney inspires Australian women to retain Ashes 17 Nov 2017

Australia ensured they would retain the Women's Ashes after a conclusive six-wicket triumph over England in the first Twenty20 international in Sydney on Friday.

Holmes scores five tries as Kangaroos cruise into semis 17 Nov 2017

SYDNEY Valentine Holmes scored a record five tries as Australia continued their imperious Rugby League World Cup title defence with a 46-0 thrashing of Samoa in the quarter-finals in Darwin on Friday.

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New Zealand rules out resettlement of Manus refugees without Australia's support 17 Nov 2017

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY New Zealand will not resettle refugees occupying a shuttered Australian-run detention in Papua New Guinea without Australia's agreement, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday, rejecting a suggestion to deal with PNG directly.

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Australia recall wicketkeeper Paine in Ashes surprise 17 Nov 2017

MELBOURNE Australia have recalled wicketkeeper Tim Paine for the first time in seven years in a selection bombshell while dropping opening batsman Matt Renshaw in a surprising Ashes squad for the series against England.

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Australia 'confused' in picking Paine, says Warne 17 Nov 2017

MELBOURNE Australia appear confused by picking wicketkeeper Tim Paine for the Ashes squad against England as he is not even the first choice selection for his state side, retired leg-spinning great Shane Warne said on Friday.