Ashes focus: One day more for start of first test
With a day to go before the first test gets underway at Lord's
, here're some of the stories related to this series doing the rounds.
Gideon Haigh takes us on a tour of a brief history of mental disintegration
. Michael Vaughan has apparently turned down Ricky Ponting's offer
on accepting the word of fielders in order to reduce the third umpire into just being yet another chap who watches the television. Dean Jones is nearly convinced that Australia will drop Gillespie
. Gillespie's teammate at South Australia, Darren Lehmann
fears that recent form will tilt the balance in Kasprowicz's favour
. Gillespie could have saved them all the thinking and writing if only he had mentioned that his newest injury
could mean that he will miss the first test. John Buchanan talks to Patrick Kidd on how Australia can get better
. Peter Roebuck is in awe of Warne
and traces his development.
News from the loser's camp: Kevin Pietersen, picked last week ahead of Thorpe
, reckons that those convicts are bullies
. His teammate Matthew Hoggard adds that Australia are acting like bullies because they're shit scared
of England's young achievers. Christopher Martin-Jenkis has his own take on the pluses and minuses of Australia's batsmen
Simon Jones cannot wait to be unleashed
against Australia, especially after the horrible injury
he sustained while diving at long-on early on in the first test at Brisbane two years ago
. Simon Hughes indulges in some fantasy, and reports from The Oval
on how the last test of that fantasy series turned out.
From a neutral perspective, a statistical look at a few Ashes battles and personnel
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