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    June 10, 2005

    England's history of Ashes injuries, Hoggard's praise for Vaughan, Pietersen under scrutiny and Gooch's excuses

    Tony Lawrence wonders about the connection between Ashes tours and injuries to English cricketers, and he's only talking about the physical scars.

    News just in: Steve Harmison decides to stay at home after an ankle injury rules him out of the Twenty20 game against Australia. William wonders if this is yet another traditional English pre-Ashes meltdown.

    Matthew Hoggard, who starred as Man of the Match in England's historic and unexpected victory over Bangladesh, is full of praise for the way Michael Vaughan handles his bowlers. Clearly carried away by his bowling feats, he goes on to claim that the rest of the cricketing world will be rooting for England rather than Australia. Please feel free to subtract two people from that list, Hoggy.

    Kevin Pietersen's much awaited clash against Australia came a cropper at Arundel yesterday when he scored 6 runs and was part of Clarke's hat-trick. Australia beat the PCA XI with eight wickets and one ball to spare. Spare a thought for skipper Stephen Fleming. His recent woes against Australia continued, as he was out to the first ball of the match. I'd be really interested in finding out his record against Australia in all forms of cricket, including book cricket.

    Meanwhile, Pietersen is now realizing the price that comes with being the great new hope of English cricket. He says that he is only now coming to terms with the expectations of England cricket fans. I really do feel sorry for him and I hope he handles it better than Graeme Hick did.

    Graham Gooch joins David Lloyd in questioning the ECB's scheduling of this summer's Ashes series. When Ricky Ponting was asked about it shortly after Australia landed in England, he seemed totally delighted with it.

    Thus spake Jagadish @ 6:38 PM |
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