Thursday, November 4, 2010

Friday's Ashes gossip column

Shane Warne has warned England not to get cocky after detecting an air of "arrogance and lip" in the Ashes phoney war. The Aussie spin legend dismissed the notion Ricky Ponting's men were in crisis after a run of recent defeats.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Warne has been speaking to various newspapers, and believes Graeme Swann is a vital ingredient for England's chances: "I think Swann is going to walk around a bit like [American actor] David Hasselhoff," said Warne. "With the ball, Swann is just the key."
Full story: The Independent

England opener Alastair Cook has been enjoying a spot of golf, but was told by the manager of one course: "The only 100 you'll get in Australia is on this round, mate." Keen on his arrows, he has also brought a "new and improved dartboard" with him on tour. (Metro)

An editorial in one Australian newspaper paints a bleak scene for the hosts. It starts: "Australia is only 20 days away from the first ball of the Ashes series, and never has the old urn looked so unattainable. Whatever form of the game, we are in an awful mess."
Full story: The Herald Sun

Australia coach Tim Nielsen concedes Australia are cracking under pressure and struggling to find a way to win. He said: "For whatever reason we can't get across the line. When we're under pressure - real pressure - we're not doing things well enough."
Full story: The Herald Sun

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