Monday, November 1, 2010

Tuesday's Ashes gossip column


1525 GMT: Michael Vaughan says Ricky Ponting will not survive as Australia captain if they lose to England. Former England skipper Vaughan said Ponting suffers because he does not have "X-factor bowlers" at his disposal. (Press Association)

1135 GMT: Ponting is confident his side can end their five-game losing streak in all forms of cricket when they play Sri Lanka in the first one-day international on Wednesday. "We want to turn around our fortunes and I think it's really important to start getting that winning feeling back again," he said. (Press Association)


It looks like Matt Prior will be buying the drinks after the England wicketkeeper took the spoils in the team sweepstake on horse racing's Melbourne Cup. Prior watched with his team-mates as French-trained Americain beat hot favourite So You Think. (Press Association)

Meanwhile, Prior says England will keep their sledging to a minimum and let their cricket do the talking in the Ashes.
Full story: the Age (Melbourne)

Vaughan is enjoying a bit of Aussie-baiting in the run-up to the series. He described Australia as a "warm-up act" for the visit of India in 2011 on his page on social networking site Twitter.
Full story: the Australian

Australia great Shane Warne was quick to hit back, telling Vaughan: "Your Poms are cocky at present. Could end in tears for you all, just chill" before adding in another Tweet: "What's with the English lip? You that sure of winning? I'm not sure."
Full story: Shane Warne on Twitter Ponting will miss Wednesday's first one-day international against Sri Lanka at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to attend his grandmother's funeral. Tasmanian spinner Xavier Doherty will make his international debut.
Full story: the Age (Melbourne)

Fast bowler Mark Cameron put himself in the frame for a call into Australia's squad with a match haul of 11-52 for New South Wales in their Sheffield Shield victory over Queensland. Cameron, nicknamed 'Scud', has been sidelined for two years because of stress fractures to his back.
Full story: Cricket Australia

The match between Queensland and New South Wales lasted only two days at the Gabba on a green-top wicket, which could play into the hands of England's seam attack when the first Test is played there.
Full story: the Independent

England must get five things right to boost their Ashes chances. They are getting used to the Kookaburra ball, getting fit, getting used to the pitches, getting used to each other and not getting caught up in the pre-match hype.
Full story: the Guardian

England bowler Stuart Broad has vowed not to let his aggression boil over during the Test series. "There is a balance," he said. "When my blood is pumping and I'm emotional I get into a bubble and do bowl at my best. But there are times when I go through that bubble and go a bit too far."
Full story: Daily Mirror

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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