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Darren Gough believes there is no way back for Australia in the Ashes series and can’t see them winning a Test regardless of who makes up their bowling attack. The situation has become so desperate for the hosts that there are growing calls for Shane Warne to make a comeback but, while Gough thinks the legspinner would seriously consider it, he says Cricket Australia can’t be seen to be making such a backward step.
As England completed their crushing innings-and-71-run victory at Adelaide the campaign was launched to encourage Warne – who last played Tests four years ago – out of retirement to help salvage the series. Bookmakers have cut their odds on such a move, and a website has been launched to raise money, while Warne himself called the talk “flattering”.
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England’s No 6 had to watch from the non-striker’s end as Siddle finally outdid his fifth-wicket partner Alastair Cook (67), and then dismissed Matt Prior and Stuart Broad with full-length pace.
Bell completed a deserved 50 soon afterwards and finished with eight boundaries in his 131-ball 76.
It was a fine display from a vastly improved cricketer, on a day which started on an ominous note for England when captain Andrew Strauss cut the third ball straight to gully for nought.
The loudest plaudits rightly went to Victorian fast bowler Siddle, back in Test cricket for the first time in 10 months after a stress fracture to his back.
Full story: The Telegraph
Australian cricket is in a dark place right now. Whereas England’s preparations so far have been excellent, Australia look like a team in disarray. Crucially for England everyone is fit and ready to play.
This was not the case on either of the past two Ashes tours. In 2002-03 Darren Gough, Steve Harmison and Andrew Flintoff were all struggling. And in 2006‑07 we had injuries to Michael Vaughan, Ashley Giles and Marcus Trescothick. Not this time. This means that the management knows exactly what their best XI is. So the team has had a chance to settle down and play well in their two warm-up matches.
Full story: The Guardian