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Prior hails England team unity

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England’s wicketkeeper, Matt Prior, admits there is a strong temptation to start thinking of Ashes glory in the wake of a crushing innings victory in the second Test at Adelaide, but he also believes that this particular squad of players has learnt its lessons from previous campaigns and will not allow themselves any let-up in intensity until the task has been completed.

Against Australia at Lord’s in 2009, and then in Durban against South Africa five months later, England won the second Test of a major series only to allow their opponents to draw level – in the first instance at Headingley, where England were routed inside three days after being brushed aside for 102 on the first morning, and then at Johannesburg, where Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel reaped the rewards that had eluded them in the first three Tests.

Full story: CricInfo

 

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Katich ruled out of Vodafone Ashes (VIDEO)

Simon Katich speaks to the media after announcing he is unlikely to play any further part in the Vodafone Ashes Series after suffering an achilles tendon injury.

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The use and abuse of UDRS

UmpireIt’s clear from the first two Ashes Tests that the UDRS is still a long way from being perfect. Common sense will tell you that it was probably first conceived with the intention of eliminating the absolute ‘howlers’ but as the concept has been refined and debated, mindful of time-wasting issues, it has now morphed into something that is being used as a strategic weapon. Meanwhile, the really poor decisions still go under the radar, as we saw with Rohit Sharma last night, because it’s not even compulsory around the world. It is indeed a curious workplace environment where some cricketers may lose (or save) their careers depending on whether they’re involved in a game that includes the use of the UDRS whilse their colleagues in another country play to a different set of rules. It seems ridiculous that for a universal game administered by a global body, there is such inconsistency over such an important facet.

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Ponting may not walk away even if axed as captain

Ponting fielding during 2009 Ashes series

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Ricky Ponting‘s burning desire to again win the Ashes on English soil could convince him to continue his playing career – even if he is relieved of the Test captaincy after this summer.

Ponting is one Test defeat away from becoming the first Australian captain since Billy Murdoch 120 years ago to preside over three Ashes series losses. Should England record their first series victory Down Under since 1986-87 in the coming weeks, he will be under intense pressure to retain the captaincy – a fact he has previously admitted.

Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

 

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Second Test Review (via Too Good For Thee)

Second Test Review Australia 245 and 304; England 620-5dec – ENGLAND WIN by an innings and 71 runs DAY 1 LIVE BLOG DAY 2 LIVE BLOG DAY 3 LIVE BLOG DAY 4 LIVE BLOG DAY 5 LIVE BLOG God but writing that feels good. As does this: Adelaide. Adelaide, Adelaide, Adelaide. No longer will it be a word that induces winces among England fans like “Lord Voldemort” would at Hogwarts. England have exorcised those demons, and then some. An innings and 71 runs? Australia’s first i … Read More

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