Strauss must show his men are ready to face Ponting

The Ashes Urn

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All that derision greeting Ricky Ponting‘s assertion that England are heading for another Ashes whitewash may just have to be tempered at least a little over the next few days at The Oval.

Two days ago a degree of outrage seemed reasonably in order. So did the badly injured pride over the failure of a single Englishman to make the long list for Cricketer of the Year, until the ICC helpfully discovered that the spin sorcery of Graeme Swann had been ignored only because of a “genuine oversight”.

Full story: The Independent


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