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    July 20, 2005

    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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    Gideon Haigh's article is brilliant. But I do believe that mental disintegration turned from a practice to an art under Steve Waugh. He obviously saw a lot under Border. But he applied his own brand of ruthless, hard-nosed flavor to it. I remember when during their series against NZ, an envelope profiling the NZ players, and containing some not so respectful references to some of their was "accidently" slipped under the NZ dressing room door. Now that's art! Pure art!

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