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If you thought England"s first innings against India in Nagpur was slow… remember Graham Thorpe in Lahore?

And you thought that was a slow day for batting… remember Thorpe in Lahore

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21:33 GMT, 13 December 2012

When Joe Root and Matt Prior left the field with the scoreboard reading 199 for five, it was England’s lowest first-day total in a Test match since they finished on 195 for four against Pakistan at Lahore in 2000-01.

That, however, was off only 84 overs, compared with the 97 they faced on the opening day at Nagpur.

The Lahore Test, which ended in a bore draw, was most famous for an innings of incredible skill and patience from Graham Thorpe, who is now the ECB’s batting coach.

Nuggety: Graham Thorpe hit 118 runs off 301 balls in Lahore

Nuggety: Graham Thorpe hit 118 runs off 301 balls in Lahore

Thorpe hit only one boundary in reaching three figures, and by the time he was out for 118 from 301 deliveries, he had hit all of two fours.

If you thought that was slow scoring, how about the Test between Pakistan and Australia at Karachi in 1956-57.

On the opening day of a game played on matting wickets, only 95 runs were scored as Pakistan reached 15 for two in reply to Australia’s 80 all out. At least there were plenty of wickets.

The fewest runs scored in a day in a Test in England was the 151 managed on the third day of the Lord’s Test against New Zealand in 1978.

Top five England Test wins overseas

Lawrence Booth: England's victory in Mumbai is up with best overseas wins… here is where it ranks in the top five away performances

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11:45 GMT, 26 November 2012

Kevin Pietersen’s brilliant 186 first innings knock and the 19 wickets taken by spin twins Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann meant that England’s 10 wicket victory over India in the second Test in Mumbai was one of their greatest wins overseas. Sportsmail cricket writer and editor of Wisden Lawrence Booth looks back at England’s top five away wins.

1) Jamaica, 1989-90: beat West Indies by nine wickets

Graham Gooch's no-hopers stun the best team in the world in their own fortress.

Winning in the Windies: The England team celebrate after beating the West Indies by 9 wickets in the first Test match in 1990

Winning in the Windies: The England team celebrate after beating the West Indies by 9 wickets in the first Test match in 1990

2) Sydney, 1894-95: beat Australia by 10 runs

England win after following on, one of only three such occasions in Test history.

Heading to Oz: The England team head to Australia by boat

Heading to Oz: The England team head to Australia by boat

3) Mumbai, 2012-13: beat India by 10 wickets

Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann share 19 wickets, plus centuries for Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen.

The spin twins: Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar celebrate the win

The spin twins: Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar celebrate the win

4) Karachi, 2000-01: beat Pakistan by six wickets

Nasser Hussain and Graham Thorpe embrace in the dark to secure a famous series win.

Winning in the dark: England skipper Nasser Hussain (left) celebrates as England win in Karachi

Winning in the dark: England skipper Nasser Hussain (left) celebrates as England win in Karachi

Happy dressing room: The England team celebrate after winning the Karachi Test

Happy dressing room: The England team celebrate after winning the Karachi Test

5) Melbourne, 1954-55: beat Australia by 128 runs

Frank Tyson blows Australia away with 7 for 27.

Blown away: Australia batsman Richie Benaud is caught by Godfrey Evans off the bowling of Alec Bedser in the 1954-55 series

Blown away: Australia batsman Richie Benaud is caught by Godfrey Evans off the bowling of Alec Bedser in the 1954-55 series

Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie miss Manchester United trip to Galatasaray

Rooney and co dodge 'hell'… no wonder they were enjoying a laugh in United training as Fergie leaves out big names for Turkey trip

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13:50 GMT, 19 November 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has left out his big names for Manchester United's trip to Galatasaray – otherwise known as 'hell'.

A full 19 years after their infamous visit to Turkey – when they were given a fiery reception at the airport before entering the intimidating stadium – they make a return in the Champions League.

But Ferguson has opted to rest his key men, including Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra. Also missing are Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and David De Gea.

Instead, Ferguson has selected a youthful squad for the daunting trip.

All smiles: Wayne Rooney (left) and Paul Scholes mess around in training on Monday

All smiles: Wayne Rooney (left) and Paul Scholes mess around in training on Monday

All smiles: Wayne Rooney (left) and Paul Scholes mess around in training on Monday
United squad v Galatasaray

Sam Johnstone, Anders Lindegaard; Rafael, Alexander Buttner, Phil Jones, Tom Thorpe, Marnick Vermijl, Scott Wootton; Michael Carrick, Davide Petrucci, Larnell Cole, Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Nick Powell, Ashley Young, Ryan Tunnicliffe; Javier Hernandez, Joshua King, Danny Welbeck, Federico Macheda.

So, it was no wonder that United's
stars were all smiles in training at Carrington on Monday as they were
given crucial time off with their passage to the knockout stages already
confirmed.

It would have been understandable if
the mood were sombre given the daunting prospect United face when they
come up against Galatasaray and their notorious fans on Tuesday night –
especially off the back of a humbling defeat to Norwich on Saturday.

United were greeted with banners reading 'welcome to hell' when they made their first visit to the Turkish capital in November 1993 – a night which saw hundreds of United fans arrested, Eric Cantona sent off and a mass brawl ensue after a 0-0 draw, and they can expect a similar reception on Tuesday night.

There are several reasons for United to be cheerful, however. They have never lost to the Turkish side over 90 minutes in five meetings, Galatasaray have not won at home in Europe since 2009, and both Rooney and goalkeeper De Gea trained with on Monday after missing the Norwich defeat.

Rooney missed the weekend defeat to Norwich with tonsillitis while De Gea was absent having had wisdom teeth removed.

Both were present at an open session ahead of their Champions League trip to Turkey to face Galatasaray on Tuesday night.

Gearing up: United face Galatasaray on Tuesday night

Gearing up: United face Galatasaray on Tuesday night

Gearing up: United face Galatasaray on Tuesday night

However, midfielders Shinji Kagawa and Nani and defender Jonny Evans – who have been struggling with knee, hamstring and groin injuries respectively – were all absent for the first 15 minutes of the session which was open to the media.

Watching manager Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to give a number of players a rest as United have already won their group to ensure progress to the knock-out stage.

Although they are through midfielder Michael Carrick has no intention of spending the week trying to work out who they may play next.

'You can drive yourself mad thinking about who you might get and all the various permutations,' he said.

'We just have to win our games, which we have done, and see what the draw gives us.

'Whoever it is, we will be ready in February.'

Welcome to hell: United are greeted with hostile banners back in 1993

Welcome to hell: United are greeted with hostile banners back in 1993

Brawl: Cantona (left) scuffles with Galatasaray players, leading to his dismissal

In recent years, United have done rather well in the knockout stages of the competition too, reaching three finals, a semi-final and a quarter-final on the last five occasions they have progressed beyond the group phase.

'That is the big test,' said Carrick.

'That is when the competition really comes alive.

'We have done the first part. The second one is when we get the really big European nights and we go away to the best places in Europe and win games.

'We have managed to do that very well over the past few years. Hopefully we can get back to that.'

Of course, all the success just made the shattering disappointment of exiting at the group stage last term all the more galling.

Cruising: United have won all four of their Champions League fixtures so far this season

Cruising: United have won all four of their Champions League fixtures so far this season

The transformation this time around could not be more marked.

Four wins from four games looks good, even if United have been behind in three of those matches and struggled to edge past Galatasaray in their first match, when an early Carrick goal did the damage.

'It is a happier place because of what we are doing in the Champions League,' he said.

'Last year we were chasing our tails a bit and came up short. This year we have been ahead of the game.

'Getting those wins and points on the board makes it an awful lot easier.'

Nicky Butt is coaching Manchester United reserves

Former Man United star Butt will coach reserves while he considers management options

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19:11 GMT, 21 October 2012


On the ball: Nicky Butt

On the ball: Nicky Butt

Nicky Butt has been brought in to coach Manchester United's reserves while he contemplates becoming a manager.

He is assisting Warren Joyce in competing in the Barclays U21 Premier League, Lancashire Senior Cup and Manchester Senior Cup.

'Nicky is with the reserves,', said
Sir Alex Ferguson. 'He’s completed his badges and is just getting a bit
of experience with us so there’s every chance of that [him going into
management].

'He’s had a few
opportunities to take on jobs but wanted just a wee bit of a chance to
revisit the training ground again to get himself back into sync, which
we’re happy to do because he was a fantastic servant to us.

'I don’t know what his long-term future is but, in the meantime, he’s helping out with the reserves.'

Young defender Tom Thorpe was delighted to have Butt come in to coach the side.

'It’s
brilliant,' he explained. 'Especially when a player with a lot of
experience comes back and has done it from an early age.

'He was at the club for quite a while and has gone through to the first team. It’s great for him to pass on his experience and different ways of playing with different styles.'

Blast from the past: Butt strikes for the Red Devils against Liverpool

Blast from the past: Butt strikes for the Red Devils against Liverpool

St George"s Park opens: Wayne Rooney says England will be better

Time for a new beginning: England will aim for better standards, pledges Rooney

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21:20 GMT, 9 October 2012

Meanwhile in Manchester…

Snubbed England defender Rio Ferdinand tweeted from Manchester United training. He wrote: 'It is treeeezing out there today but as its sunny+dry I'm loving it! Running + body weight gym session for me now! 200push ups for starters!'

The photograph of Kevin Keegan on his bedroom wall here at St George’s Park, Wayne Rooney was not so happy about. If he could have changed it, he said with a wry smile, he would have.

But the quotation he spotted on the wall of the stunning new hydrotherapy room was more inspirational.

‘It was from Ian Thorpe,’ said Rooney, and while he could not quote the Australian swimming legend exactly, he liked the sentiment.

It says this: ‘Losing is not coming second. It’s getting out of the water knowing you could have done better.’

Against the back drop of misbehaving international footballers, it could not have been more appropriate.

Say cheese! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge line up with the England players, including Ashley Cole, at St George's Park

Say cheese! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge line up with the England players, including Ashley Cole, at St George's Park

Exciting times: Roy Hodgson and his team enjoyed the visit from the Royal family

Exciting times: Roy Hodgson and his team enjoyed the visit from the Royal family

St George’s Park is not just a
state-of-the-art training base for England’s finest players and a
national centre for coaching education. It is a place that can create an
ethos; that can implement cultural change from the grass-roots to the
pinnacle of the professional game.

It actually started on the eve of the
official opening with the presentation of a new code of conduct for the
players and the message was reiterated.

From the Duke of Cambridge it was not
so serious. A playful threat to Ashley Cole to take away his Twitter
page if he continued to misbehave.

Game for a laugh: William shakes hands with Ashley Cole

Game for a laugh: William shakes hands with Ashley Cole

Game for a laugh: William shakes hands with Ashley Cole – despite the England defender calling the FA a 'bunch of t****' just a few days ago

So, what's inside St George's Park
Training pitch with exact dimensions of Wembley – plus exactly the same combination of grass and artificial fibres11 outdoor pitches – five of them floodlit with under-soil heatingA full-size indoor 3G artificial pitch, plus gallery for up to 200 peopleAltitude chamber to mirror specific playing conditionsIndoor 60m sprint track
Slogans dotted around, including this one from Jesse Owens – 'A lifetime of training for just 10 seconds.'Hilton hotel featuring suites named after former England players and managers

From the Football Association,
however, a point needed to be made. Roy Hodgson had his say and so did
the FA chairman, David Bernstein.

Clearly unhappy that Cole’s Twitter
antics had overshadowed a proud day for the organisation, Bernstein did
not pull his punches.

He dismissed talk of Cole — who has
played 98 times for his country — leading the side for his 100th cap
because certain standards are required to lead the national team;
something he said they demonstrated when they stripped John Terry of the
captaincy in February.

Had he been here, this might have
been uncomfortable for Terry. There were a number of references to the
ongoing fight against any form of discrimination, with Bernstein
referencing a quote from Martin Luther King in the dressing-room area.

Cole, we were told by Hodgson, had
displayed genuine contrition after branding the governing body a ‘bunch
of t**ts’ and it was interesting to hear Rooney expressing a certain
amount of regret about mistakes he has made more recently.

Thorpe’s message is clear. Don’t
waste opportunities. But Rooney reflected on his summer — in particular
the personal disappointment he endured at the European Championship —
and admitted he might have done things differently.

The trip to Las Vegas he made shortly before the Euros was not well received and Rooney accepted that criticism.

‘I can understand and see where you are coming from,’ he said.

Water world: Prince William shares a joke with Jermain Defoe, Ashley Cole and Andy Carroll in the hot tub at St George's Park

Water world: Prince William shares a joke with Jermain Defoe, Ashley Cole and Andy Carroll in the hot tub at St George's Park

Bunch of tats: Ashley Cole in conversation with Jermain Defoe and Andy Carroll in the Jacuzzi

Bunch of tats: Ashley Cole in conversation with Jermain Defoe and Andy Carroll in the Jacuzzi

‘I wasn’t in Vegas going out every
night, drinking and partying. Obviously I went out one night and that
was seen. But I couldn’t train anyway. That is why I had the extra time
off.

‘I had to have something done to my
toe and it was just a way to relax before I came into training. There
was no treatment for me to get at the time but, looking back, I can
understand why maybe yourselves and the fans weren’t happy.’

He said he could also understand why everything he does is so heavily scrutinised.

Rather you than me: The Duke and Duchess watch a demonstration of one of the treadmills

Rather you than me: The Duke and Duchess watch a demonstration of one of the treadmills

Poolside: The Duke and Duchess are shown the hydrotherapy facilities at the new 100m complex in the Staffordshire countryside

Poolside: The Duke and Duchess are shown the hydrotherapy facilities at the new 100m complex in the Staffordshire countryside

Lightning fast: The Duke and Duchess test their reflexes on the BATAK reactions board in the Human Performance Lab at St George's Park

Lightning fast: The Duke and Duchess test their reflexes on the BATAK reactions board in the Human Performance Lab at St George's Park

St George's Park by numbers

4,000 litres of water per night to service the under-soil heating

200 rooms in two hotels

5 gyms on site

2 Football League teams using the facilities on a full-time basis — Burton Albion and Notts County

1 60m sprint track

1975 was the year when the idea of the National Football Centre was first discussed

12 full-size pitches (five of them with undersoil heating and floodlighting) plus one futsal pitch

250 pounds per hour for teams wanting to hire the full-size artificial pitch

It is, he agreed, the territory he
occupies as England’s finest player and someone who would now like to be
regarded as one of the senior players; someone who should be setting an
example.

‘I have no problem with that,’ he
said. ‘Hopefully in the near future we will be coming out of a
tournament and you will all be praising me because we have won a trophy.
That would be great for everyone.

‘I always try to speak to the younger
players and offer advice. I always remember Alex Ferguson saying what a
big help Eric Cantona was to all those younger players at United. It is
something I can look at and try to do for England.

‘Hopefully I can bring the best out of them and they can bring the best out of myself as well.’

As the most popular British sportsman
on Twitter — he has more than five million followers — it seemed
appropriate to ask him about that particular social media site in the
context of the Cole controversy.

He agreed that, as an international footballer, being on Twitter ‘brings a sense of responsibility’.

‘It is a good way for the fans to see
a different side of you, away from football,’ he said. ‘But you
obviously know everything you put on there is seen by everyone who
follows you. It will be in the newspapers the next day so you have to be
careful.’

After the Euros, Fabio Capello
suggested the Rooney we so often see excel at Manchester United rarely
appears in an England shirt.

Big fan: Frank Lampard chats with the Duchess of Cambridge

Talking tactics: Roy Hodgson gets his point across to the Royal couple

Talking tactics: Frank Lampard chats with the Duchess (left) while manager Roy Hodgson gets his point across to the Royal couple

Marching on: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are given a tour of St George's Park by FA officials

Marching on: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are given a tour of St George's Park by FA officials

Teamtalk: The Duke enjoys a joke with a group of England players after their training session

Teamtalk: The Duke enjoys a joke with a group of England players after their training session

Proud day: The England team pose for pictures alongside William and Kate

Proud day: The England team pose for pictures alongside William and Kate

Rooney said he was not aware of the criticism from the former England manager but, again, he could see he had a point.

‘I’d have liked to have played better
for England,’ he said. ‘For whatever reasons it hasn’t happened but I
can hold my head up high and say I’ve always worked hard, given
everything and I’ll continue to do that.’

He said he was not as unfit as had been suggested at the start of the season, arguing that he had ‘only one bad game’.

Game for a laugh: Wayne Rooney jokes with England coach Gary Neville

In the spotlight: Ashley Cole was back in training with England

Raring to go: Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole enjoyed themselves in training under the instructions of England coach Roy Hodgson (bottom left)

In charge: England boss Roy Hodgson instructs his players at their new HQ

Down to business: Rooney is put through his paces at St George's Park

He also said it would be ‘an honour’
to captain England should Hodgson turn to him if Frank Lampard is not
fit enough to play against San Marino on Friday.

That is what the FA want to hear at
the new national football centre. Rooney spoke of it being an
‘inspirational place’ and so did Steven Gerrard.

The Duke of Cambridge spoke of how it would one day deliver a ‘world-beating national team’.

That might sound a bit ambitious
right now. England players who can buy into the ethos and set the right
example would be a start.

Sight to behold: An aerial view of St George's Park, situated in the green of Staffordshire

Sight to behold: An aerial view of St George's Park, situated in the green of Staffordshire

Sight to behold: An aerial view of St George's Park, situated in the green of Staffordshire

Sight to behold: An aerial view of St George's Park, situated in the green of Staffordshire

Flying the flag: A bright day welcomed the official opening of the National Football Centre in Burton on Tuesday morning

Flying the flag: A bright day welcomed the official opening of the National Football Centre in Burton on Tuesday morning

Grand tour: The Duchess of Cambridge is shown around St George's Park by FA chiefs on Tuesday

Grand tour: The Duchess of Cambridge is shown around St George's Park by FA chiefs on Tuesday

Fresh scenery: Theo Walcott and Ryan Shawcross battle for the ball as they train with England at St George's Park

Fresh scenery: Theo Walcott and Ryan Shawcross battle for the ball as they train with England at St George's Park

London 2012 Olympics: Zara Phillips" magic moment – Mark Alford

Mark Alford's Goggle Eyes: Phillips becoming Olympics Princess

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22:13 GMT, 30 July 2012

Magic Moment

Down-to-earth royal Zara Phillips
talking breathlessly after blazing around eventing’s cross-country
course. The crowd roared with delight at the end of her post-ride
interview. She’s quickly becoming the Olympics Princess.

Olympics Princess: Zara Phillips delighted the crowds

Olympics Princess: Zara Phillips delighted the crowds

The clothes show

After Carl Lewis’s flat cap debut late on Sunday evening, expectations were high for the Beeb’s wardrobe department. But by the pool and looking casual for the morning heats, Clare Balding’s turquoise polo shirt and Ian Thorpe’s ultra-tight, dazzling white top were almost enough to put this viewer off his sausage, egg and bacon buttie… Almost.

Row, row, know your boat

Best insight of the morning… take a bow, rowing pundit Gary Herbert. Ever wondered what those cyclists are up to following the rowers down the Eton Dorney course They are scouting the opposition, according to the 1992 gold medal-winning cox, timing the splits every 250m.

Spies: Coaches and scouts tracked rowers up and down the river

Spies: Coaches and scouts tracked rowers up and down the river

Thumbs up for…

Primetime crew: Gary Lineker is proving to be a consummate broadcaster… Sharron Davies coaxed an interview out of Lithuanian teenager Ruta Meilutyte… P.S. Karim Bashir coped well with the fencing sit-in strife.

Thumbs down for…

The schedulers: While viewers on BBC3 were treated to the thrilling medal-winning climax of Louis Smith and Co, the main BBC1 feed carried Britain’s beach volleyball thumping at the hands of Brazil.

Turn over: The gymnastics heroes were on BBC3

Turn over: The gymnastics heroes were on BBC3

Pundits form guide

Christine Still, gymnastics: 9/10

Authoritative, commands the airwaves and expertly called the team medal chaos.

Adrian Moorhouse, swimming 8/10

Erudite and lets the commentator do his job.

Shirley Robertson, sailing 7/10

Glamorous, fun and — crucially for covering Ainslie — knows what it takes to win solo gold.

Non Evans, weightlifting 6/10

Keeps it simple, keeps us informed.

Sir Steve Redgrave 5/10

Wooden delivery but knows the competitors well and clearly loves the sport.

Leon Taylor, synchro diving 3/10

Plumbed new depths for inanity: ‘If you’re wondering how they set off at the same time, it’s not telepathy, it’s 1-2-3 Go!’

England appoint Peter Such as spin coach

Such named new spin coach as England look to build on recent successes

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18:34 GMT, 2 July 2012

Main man: Peter Such

Main man: Peter Such

Peter Such has been named as the England and Wales Cricket Board's new national spin coach.

A former England and Essex off-spinner, Such has been promoted from his previous role as a part-time consultant and will take charge of spin coaching at the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough.

Mushtaq Ahmed will continue to work with the senior national side, while Such will take charge of the coaching and development of players at England Lions and England Performance Programme level as well as on the county circuit.

His role is parallel to that of national batting coach Graham Thorpe.
David Parsons, ECB performance director, said: 'We are delighted to appoint Peter Such as national lead spin bowling coach.

'Peter has also been in charge of the delivery of our Level 4 Spin module as well as coaching EPP and Lions spin bowlers including Danny Briggs, Scott Borthwick and Simon Kerrigan.

'His monitoring and identification of talented spin bowlers in first-class cricket is highly respected and he's played a major role in sending our leading young spinners to Sri Lanka to play first-class cricket to improve their games.'

Hugh Morris, managing director of England cricket, said: 'Peter's appointment is due recognition for the significant contribution he has made to our spin programmes and also re-emphasises the importance we place on developing a pool of talented spinners who can challenge for places in the England team in the future.

'Peter will be working across a number of our cricket development programmes to progress the art of spin bowling from playground to Test arena.'

Such played 11 Tests between 1993 and 1999, taking 37 wickets at 33.56.

Ian Thorpe fails to qualify for London 2012 Olympics

Thorpe's 2012 dream is over after Olympic legend fails to qualify for the Games

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09:10 GMT, 18 March 2012

Ian Thorpe's bid to compete in the London Olympics is officially over after he failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the 100m freestyle.

The five-time Olympic gold medallist won his heat, but his time of 50.35 seconds was only the 21st best time of the morning, meaning he missed out on the semis.

Thorpe's best chance to qualify for the Games was in the 200m freestyle, but he was eliminated in the semi-final stage on Friday night.

Dream is over: Australian Ian Thorpe has failed to qualify for the London Olympics

Dream is over: Australian Ian Thorpe has failed to qualify for the London Olympics

Despite missing out on the London team, Thorpe said he would continue to swim with next year's World Championships in Barcelona and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on the radar.

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He said: 'I hadn't thought about it very much … but I think now I'll probably take a few days off and enjoy the competition and then sit down with a few people, [Australian head coach] Leigh Nugent and my coach Gennadi [Touretski] and work out what is next, work out what the next preparation will be and what competition will be next.

'I'm still swimming. When I started this I wanted to get back in the pool, I wanted to race and I wanted to go to the Olympics. I still want to do all of those things.

'I've missed out on a huge goal…but the desire is still there.'

Making splash: Thorpe is refusing to rule out any hopes of competing at the 2016 Games in Brazil

Making splash: Thorpe is refusing to rule out any hopes of competing at the 2016 Games in Brazil

Thorpe had no regrets about his comeback and would not rule out the possibility of competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

'I'm disappointed that I really haven't been able to race in a way that is reflective of the amount of work that I have done and how I have trained,' he said.

'But I don't regret giving this a go.

'Compared to how I have raced before and how I have competed, the success that I have had, this does look like doom compared to it.

'But I'm glad that I was willing to put myself out there.'

London 2012 Olympics: Ian Thorpe fails to make 200m

Thorpe fails in bid to qualify for 200m in London after missing out on trials final

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09:56 GMT, 16 March 2012

Ian Thorpe's bid to qualify for the Olympics in the 200 metres freestyle ended in disappointment when he failed to make it through to the final of the Australian trials.

Thorpe, a five-time Olympic gold medallist, came out of retirement last year with the intention of swimming at the London Games but his 200m hopes foundered after he could only manage the 12th fastest time in the semi-finals.

The 29-year-old registered a time of one minute, 49.91 seconds, well adrift of Ryan Napoleon, quickest in 1:47.51.

Failed: Ian Thorpe will not compete in the 200m at the London Olympics

Failed: Ian Thorpe will not compete in the 200m at the London Olympics

London 2012 Olympics: Ian Thorpe impresses in trials

Thorpe shows signs of old form with impressive showing in Olympic trials

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06:36 GMT, 16 March 2012

Ian Thorpe advanced to the Men's 200m freestyle semi-final through an impressive heat performance at Australia's National Swimming Championship in Adelaide, which also act as the Olympic trials.

Racing in the seventh of nine heats in the event, the 29-year-old was equal second to finish alongside David McKeon in a time of one minute 49.16 seconds, the pair behind Ryan Napoleon who finished with 1min 48.27secs.

Progress: Ian Thorpe showed signs of his previous form at the trials

Progress: Ian Thorpe showed signs of his previous form at the trials

Thorpe enjoyed a commanding lead heading into the final lap but appeared to slow down considerably as he was overtaken by a fast-finishing Napoleon in the final 25 metres.

'[I'm] very happy with this morning's swim,' Thorpe said on Channel 10 after the race. 'I was happy past the first 150 and to get through in a good position to the semi final.'

Comeback: Thorpe is aiming to make an Olympics return in London

Comeback: Thorpe is aiming to make an Olympics return in London

Thorpe, a five-time Olympic gold medallist, came out of retirement last year with the intention of swimming at London 2012.