Former Australian Test bowling great Brett Lee says they have greater quality in depth of quick bowlers than England. "I think there's eight to 10 bowlers that could all play Test cricket this Australian summer," he said.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald
England captain Andrew Strauss says the team will be in full Ashes mode for their three warm-up matches before the Test series begins on 25 November. "The last thing we want to do is approach these matches like warm-up games, if you use that sort of attitude, you're always going to come unstuck," he said.
Full story: Perth Now
England batsman Ian Bell says he is confident he can end his run of disappointing performances against Australia in this Ashes series. "This is coming at the right time for me," he said.
Full story: Sport.co.uk
Bell is confident he can turn his form around against against Australia
Stand-in Australia captain Michael Clarke says their inability to kill off sides is becoming a major problem, following their embarrassing one-day loss to Sri Lanka.
Full story: Fox Sports
Marcus North has ridiculed talk he could be Ricky Ponting's successor as Australia captain. "I know it's an Ashes summer, but there's got to be better stuff to write about," said the Western Australia batsman.
Full story: Daily Telegraph (Sydney)
England could have just half the number of travelling supporters they had for the last Ashes series in Australia because of the strength of the Australian dollar making the trip so expensive.
Full story: The Sun
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. Archive: Relive past Ashes series
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