Pietersen flays Australia

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There were all the usual admonitions about not getting carried away but if England cannot exult now, it never will, Jonathan Wilson reports from Bristol.

Australian cricket has probably never had so bad a week. If Sunday's defeat by England was not in the same league as the humiliation against Bangladesh the day before, the long-term effects may be more damaging for Australia, not least because the game looked as good as over with 12 overs to go. At that stage England, becalmed, still needed 93 to win and had just four wickets remaining. Enter Kevin Pietersen.

The acceleration was as brutal as it was sudden. Jason Gillespie and Michael Kasprowicz were made to look very ordinary as Pietersen smashed an unbeaten 91 off just 68 balls. He now averages 162 after 10 one-day international innings, and a Test call-up is surely only a matter of time.

If England's stuttering start to their run-chase made Pietersen an obvious man of the match, Steve Harmison was another hero, taking four wickets for two runs in an extraordinary 15-ball spell. Three - Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting and Damien Martyn, the cream of Australian batting - came in four deliveries, and then Matthew Hayden slashed a short delivery to point where Paul Collingwood, leaping and stretching up a right hand, took what Michael Vaughan described as the best catch he had ever seen.

Only a fine 84 from Mike Hussey - eventually Harmison's fifth victim - took Australia to a target that was anywhere near defensible.

That he was able to raise questions over England's fifth bowler, and there must be concern too about the regularity with which English wickets fell but those are for another day. Whatever England's worries, Australia's are far, far more acute, and it is a long time since that was last true.

* Welshman Ryan Jones looks to have played himself into the British and Irish Lions' Test squad only days after joining the touring team in New Zealand, writes Huw Richards. Jones, the 49th player called up when he replaced the injured Simon Taylor, gave a storming performance at number eight in Saturday's 30-19 victory over Otago. On Sunday, when the team was divided into clear Test and non-Test squads by the naming of 22 players to go to Invercargill to play Southland on Tuesday, Jones was among the 23 who will be kept in Christchurch to prepare for next Saturday's first Test against the All Blacks.

Wales centre Gavin Henson is the highest-profile casualty, increasing the likelihood of Jonny Wilkinson being named to play at 12 rather than 10 on Saturday. English prop Andrew Sheridan and Welsh wing Tom Shanklin can also feel decidedly unlucky after playing well in New Zealand. The Test team will be named on Wednesday.

Coach Sir Clive Woodward declared himself delighted with Saturday's victory over determined opponents who have a formidable record against the Lions and led 13-6 just before half-time. Jones scored one second-half try and initiated another for Wales and Ospreys team-mate Shane Williams. They, centre Will Greenwood - who scored the Lions' first try - and prop Graham Rowntree are the only four starters from Saturday who are being kept in Christchurch. Sir Clive, who pointed out that he was a non-Test player on his Lions tour of New Zealand in 1983, reminded the 22 who will play Southland that they are still in contention for places in the second and third Tests.

* World champions and tournament favourites Germany beat Norway 3-1 to win their fourth successive Uefa European Women's Championship at Blackburn on unday.

A deflected goal from world player of the year and German captain Birgit Prinz extinguished a spirited Norwegian comeback and gave the Germans their sixth European title since the tournament began in 1984.

Germany went ahead mid-way through the first half when Anja Mittag nodded in a goalbound Inka Grings shot after a well-worked corner in the 21st minute.

The Germans went 2-0 up three minutes later when midfielder Renate Lingor lobbed Norway's goalkeeper Bente Nordby following a failed Norwegian counter attack.

Norway hit back through Dagny Mellgren just before halftime and then had a Stine Frantzen effort disallowed for offside.

* Great Britain's male athletes have been relegated from the European Cup elite group for the first time in 35 years. In the Florence meeting, Christian Malcolm ran 20.16 seconds, his best time since 2001, to win the 200m while the 4x400m relay squad won in an impressive 3:00.51 but they were rare bright spots for Team GB, who finished seventh out of the eight nations with 70 points.

Germany won the competition with 100 points while the Czech Republic were relegated along with Britain.

However, the women's team clinched promotion to the European Cup Super League despite a surprising defeat for Paula Radcliffe in the 5,000 metres.

Russia won the women's elite event, finishing ahead of Germany and France.

* The US Grand Prix started with just six cars on Sunday after 14 others refused to participate out of safety concerns with their Michelin tyres. All 20 cars lined up on the starting grid and completed the warm-up lap. Then, the 14 cars that use Michelin tyres pulled back into their pits and parked. It left just six cars on the track - the Ferraris of Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello, and the Jordans and Minardis, which all use Bridgestone tyres. Schumacher went on to win.

* Dane Tom Kristensen made history at Le Mans when he clinched a record seventh win in the motor racing classic in searing heat. Kristensen, sharing with German Marco Werner and Finn JJ Lehto in an Audi R8, beat the previous record of six wins set by Belgian Jacky Ickx between 1969 and 1982. The 37-year-old won the world's most famous endurance race at his first attempt in 1997 and every year from 2000.

A Pescarolo driven by Frenchmen Eric Comas, Emmanuel Collard and Jean-Christophe Boullion finished second two laps behind. Another Audi R8 with Briton Allan McNish, German Frank Biela and Italian Emanuele Pirro sharing the wheel came home third, six laps off the pace. Audi has now won at Le Mans five times in the last six years.

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