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Monday 6 February 2023 Dublin: 3°C

# Australia

Last year
# Advantage
Djokovic says he wants to play Australian Open after visa cancellation overturned
A government lawyer warned Australia may yet use ministerial powers to order the tennis player’s removal from the country.
# Nervy Finish
England survive tense fourth Test to end Australia's hopes of Ashes whitewash
The tourists stopped the rot as James Anderson fended off the last six balls of the match to secure a draw.
# Novak Djokovic
Djokovic lawyers say positive Covid-19 test cleared way for vaccine exemption
Djokovic has won a legal reprieve from deportation, but it’s unclear whether he will be able to play in the January 17-30 Australian Open.
# The Ashes
England face survival bid after Usman Khawaja’s second century sets chase of 388
Australia are in pursuit of an Ashes whitewash in Sydney.
# Ashes
Jonny Bairstow celebrates toughest century of his career on day three in Sydney
Bairstow posted the tourists’ first hundred of the series on day three in Sydney.
# Queensland
Irishman dies while trying to save his son who slipped into rapids in Australia
The 49-year-old father-of-three Cassan Cowman jumped in after his son on 2nd January.
# latest
Novak Djokovic’s wife thanks fans for ‘sending love to my husband’ in Australia
Meanwhile, the tennis star’s former coach says he is making a ‘big mistake’ if he does not get vaccinated.
# Tennis
Novak Djokovic has been ‘crucified’ and is ‘prisoner’ in Australia, says father
The Serbian is awaiting the outcome of an appeal against the decision by the Australian Border Force (ABF) to cancel his entry visa and deport him.
# unforced error
Australia agrees to delay Djokovic's deportation until after Monday court hearing
The men’s tennis world No 1 is currently being held at an immigration detention facility in Melbourne.
All time
# Blow
England coach to miss Ashes Test after Covid positive
The visitors will have to recover from an embarrassing series defeat without Chris Silverwood.
# The Ashes
Former Australia captain labels England the worst-performing team he’s seen tour Oz
Ricky Ponting believes many of the England batters are ‘simply not good enough’.
# omicron
France announces new Covid-19 measures amid spike in infections
In England, politicians said there would be no further restrictions before 2022 but people are urged to be “cautious”.
# Pole Position
Australia scent Ashes victory as England collapse again
Marcus Harris top-scored with a battling 76 against a dangerous English attack.
# Cricket
Hapless England's Ashes dreams in tatters as Australia pounce
After heavy defeats in Brisbane and Adelaide, the visitors must win in Melbourne,
# tasmania
Sixth child dies after Australia bouncy castle tragedy
Two other children remain in critical condition in hospital, while one child is recovering at home.
# Devonport
Australia mourns child victims of bouncy castle accident
The children included three boys and two girls aged 11 or 12.
# latest
Buttler shells two chances as England's Ashes hopes are dealt another blow
The tourists desperately needed to summon a fightback after their nine-wicket defeat at The Gabba.
# tasmania
Five children killed in Australia after bouncy castle is blown into the air
Four other children are in a critical condition and another is in a serious condition.
# factcheck
FactCheck: No, the Australian Army didn't forcibly vaccinate Indigenous Australians
The claim caused a protest outside the Australian Embassy in Dublin
# crushed
England rue another collapse as Australia win opening Ashes Test
Asked to chase a trifling target of 19 at The Gabba, Australia needed just 5.1 overs to chalk up their 1-0 series lead.
# Extreme Weather
Australia fighting bushfires in west and floods in east after high temperatures and heavy rain
Emergency warnings are in effect and some residents have been told to flee to safety or shelter in place.
# Head start
England made to toil at The Gabba as Travis Head hits brilliant hundred
Tourists are already up against it.
# Human Rights
Australia joins US diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics
The country joins the US in the boycott, over concerns around China’s human rights record.
# Australia
Alleged abductor of four-year-old Australian Cleo Smith has case delayed
Cleo Smith disappeared from her family’s tent in Western Australia in October.
# Land down under
Sydney to host 11 games, Auckland nine at 2023 Women's World Cup
Stadium Australia will host the final on 20 August 2023.
# Australia
Australian minister stands aside after accusations of abusing staffer
It comes days after an inquiry found that sexual harassment and bullying are rife in Australia’s parliament.
# New variant
Netherlands confirms 13 Omicron cases among passengers on flights
The cases emerged from 61 positive cases in passengers on planes from South Africa to Amsterdam.
# Exit
Larkham to leave Munster after declining contract extension offer
The senior coach will return home to Australia with his family.
# sickened
'Some decisions by the officials were horrendous and played a big part in the score'
Wales snatched a dramatic 29-28 over the 14-man Wallabies in Cardiff.
# Late Late Show
Wales sneak it at the death with injury-time penalty to see off valiant Australia
Rhys Priestland nailed a last minute penalty to win it but referee Mike Adamson awarded a controversial try to Nick Tompkins.
# debunked
Debunked: No, an Australian politician didn't resign over bribes from vaccine makers
The claim has been doing the rounds on social media in recent weeks.
# making room
Surprise selection for England as Manu Tuilagi starts on wing against Wallabies
The 30-year-old’s only previous Test appearance in the position came on tour against New Zealand in 2014.
# Cleo Smith
Australian police charge man over abduction of four-year-old Cleo Smith
Cleo disappeared with her sleeping bag on 16 October in a remote part of the country.
# Cleo Smith
Police release footage of rescue of four-year-old girl missing for 18 days in Australia
“One of the officers picked her up into his arms and asked her, ‘What’s your name?’ She said ‘My name is Cleo’.”
# Cleo Smith
Missing four-year-old girl found in Australia after two-week search, police confirm
Cleo Smith was found in a “locked house” in the coastal town of Carnarvon.
# Australia
Tears, embraces and laughter at Sydney Airport as Australia's border reopens
Incoming vaccinated Australians are able to come home without quarantining in a hotel for two weeks.
# Australia
Cooper latest Wallaby to pull out of European tour
He had initially said he was keen to travel to Britain for Tests against England, Scotland and Wales.
# Ban lifted
Australia lifts international travel ban for citizens
Australia closed its borders on 20 March last year.
# nailing his colours
Ex-Barcelona teenager Gilsenan commits to Ireland over Australia as he starts recovery from ACL injury
Gilsenan was born in Perth to parents from Dublin.
# Canberra to Connacht
'I was probably the worst electrician in Canberra... I said I would give footy a go'
Irish-qualified back Mack Hansen has made a strong start to life with Connacht.