Monday, November 1, 2010

Monday's Ashes gossip column


1455 BST: Mike Hussey's recent struggles with the bat in first-class cricket could prompt Australia to pull him out of the one-day international series against Sri Lanka so he can play for Western Australia against England in the three-day warm-up game that begins on Friday.
Full story: The Age (Melbourne)

Graeme Swann
Swann submerges his sore thumb in ice after Bresnan's blow

Graeme Swann needed ice treatment and strapping after being struck on the thumb by Tim Bresnan in the first net session on England's tour but the injury is not thought to be serious. "I think he's pleased his thumb got him out of the running session," said team-mate Stuart Broad. (Press Association)

Australia batsman Marcus North found some form ahead of the Ashes series with a century for Western Australia in the second innings of their Sheffield Shield match against South Australia. Mike Hussey failed for the second time in the match, making only three.
Full story: Cricket Australia

England's 'Mr Nice Guy' Chris Tremlett says he has a "wild side" which he's ready to unleash on the Australians.
Full story: Daily Mail

England's Australian bowling coach David Saker is an Anglophile, who loves pubs and English ale. He says his main role is to "stimulate the players' brains".
Full story: The Guardian

The bodies that govern youth cricket in Australia are to be centralised after a damning report revealed huge declines in player participation and television audiences.
Full story: Canberra Times

Australia's Twenty20 captain Michael Clarke is desperate for the side to find some winning momentum after they lost their Twenty20 international with Sri Lanka in Perth. The Aussies have only three more one-dayers before the Ashes.
Full story: Cricinfo

With England currently based in Perth, some of the team were in the stands to watch the aforementioned Twenty20 international at the Waca, but seamer Stuart Broad says the T20 result will have no bearing on the Ashes.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

England batsman Kevin Pietersen is refusing to be drawn into a war of words with Doug Bollinger, after the left-arm paceman said Australia would "let his [Pietersen's] ego get him out."
Full story: Daily Express

Meanwhile, Bollinger's fellow seamer Peter Siddle has credited Aussie Rules Football club Carlton and Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Scott McGrory for helping him back to fitness.
Full story: The Australian

Brisbane groundsman Kevin Mitchell is aiming to produce "a typical bouncy Gabba pitch" for the first Test, but admits cloudy and humid weather could allow the grass to grow more and produce a "green top" similar to that on which Queensland have just suffered a heavy Sheffield Shield defeat.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

Former Australia and Yorkshire batsman Darren Lehmann has joined the calls for batsman Callum Ferguson to be in Australia's Ashes squad. (Various)

And the Aussie media is also predictably focusing on the number of England players born outside the UK, quoting "South African-born" skipper Andrew Strauss as saying: "I don't think you would hear any one of our players say they were anything but 100% English." The report comments that Strauss, Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior and coach Andy Flower are "as English as former tennis star Greg Rusedski."
Full story: The Australian

Listen to the Ashes live on Test Match Special on BBC 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW and online (UK users only) - series starts 25 November 2010.

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