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Peta Credlin. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

A new Fairfax-Ipsos poll might give Tony Abbott what he so desperately needs: time. 

Australian voters have thrown Tony Abbott a lifeline just as his internal opponents were shaping to dump him, with a Fairfax-Ipsos poll confirming a pro-government shift is under way.

In a result set to strengthen the Prime Minister's hand in the short term, the Abbott government has staged an unlikely recovery and, while still trailing, is now within striking distance of overhauling the ALP lead at 49-51.

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It is the closest the Coalition has come to being competitive since October 2014 (49-51), having not been in front since a brief period last March.

Sport

World champion cyclist Rebecca Wiasak. Photo: Graham Tidy.

Easy does it: Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne celebrates reaching his century against England. Photo: Reuters

World Cup pressure is heaping on England after they succumbed by nine wickets to a relentless Sri Lanka run chase in Wellington.

In another demonstration of Sri Lanka's batting quality, opener Lahiru Thirimanne and run machine Kumar Sangakkara compiled unbeaten centuries as the pursuit cruised to 1-310 against a listless English attack.

They effortlessly knocked off the biggest successful ODI chase in Westpac Stadium's history with 16 balls to spare in front of a crowd of 18,183.

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What's on today

Enlighten and the first Enlighten Night Noodle Markets are continuing to illuminate the parliamentary triangle, running from February 27 to March 8. 

Canberra Life

Two Before Ten owner Chris Dennis in the library that will be part of the Bolt Bar and Two Before Ten at Aranda shops.

Filipino street food stall Hoy Pinoy.

The Enlighten Night Noodle Markets have come to Canberra for the first time 

There are at least half a dozen different noodle dishes to check out so here is a guide to what you need to eat.

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Pic of the day

And here is today's cartoon from Fairfax's Cathy Wilcox:

David Pope Canberra Times editorial cartoon

Weather

Today: A sunny day in Canberra, a forecast minimum 7 degrees and a top of 25 degrees.