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‘We needed to get right in their faces a bit more – it definitely works for us’

The Ashes sprang ferociously to life yesterday.

Not only were Australia dragged back into the contest by a searing piece of pace bowling from Mitchell Johnson, but the sledging and the bouncing were ramped up to boiling point. Oh what fun it all was.

Johnson, bless him, was at the centre of it all. He bowled with fury, skill and swing, and, if you can imagine those bombs that go round corners, that was Johnson yesterday as he took 6 for 34, including a burst of four for seven in 27 balls, in which time England went from 78 for 0 to 98 for 5, enough to convert swagger into stagger.

Full story: The Independent

 

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Mitchell Johnson makes his mark by sledging England

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Australia’s hot-headed fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has resorted to good old- fashioned Ashes sledging in an attempt to drag his side back into the series. Johnson is not just Australia’s tattooed man, he has also upped his reputation as England’s marked man after launching another volley of abuse against the fast bowler Jimmy Anderson and captain Andrew Strauss on the opening day of this Test.

As Ashes confrontations go, it was exceedingly tame stuff, but it will have gone some way to satisfying the former Australia fast bowler Rodney Hogg, who called ahead of the Waca Test for a barrage of bouncers and for Australia to sledge England “at every opportunity”.

Full story: The Guardian

 

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Ricky Ponting threatens to strike at full pace

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So green is the Perth pitch early in its preparation that Ricky Ponting is considering four fast bowlers as the way to level the Ashes series.

While much may change when he goes out for the toss tomorrow, the Australia captain conceded he will bowl if handed an all-pace battery on a lively WACA wicket.

“If it’s going to be very favourable for the quicks, then you’ve got to think about it,” Ponting told The Australian yesterday.

“You’re being negligent if you don’t consider it.”

Full story: The Australian

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Chris Adams backs ‘softie’ Chris Tremlett to rough up Australia

Chris Adams, the Surrey manager, says Tremlett should not be underestimated simply because he is not the type to shout in batsmen’s faces. And if the fast bowler is picked to replace Stuart Broad for the third Test in Perth next week, Adams is backing him to succeed.

“He can be a horrendous person to face, as awful as any bowler I have faced in my career,” Adams said.

“You don’t have to be a nasty, fasty, shouty, up-and-at-’em kind of character to make life very unpleasant for the opposition. I would rather take his type over someone who comes in and shouts and screams at everyone.”

Full story: The Telegraph

 

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Tremlett heads pack as England stage bowl-off to replace Broad

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Three English fast bowlers will arrive in Melbourne today with a sudden shot at Ashes glory. It is hardly too dramatic to suggest that the next three days could define their careers.

Following the injury to Stuart Broad, one of the key components in the side’s quest to win the series, the man who replaces him will have a significant role in the third Test which starts next week. England won the second Test yesterday by an innings and 71 runs and would appear to have their opponents on the run.

England deliberately tried to pick a like-for-like bowling attack for this Ashes series so that injuries to any of the initial group of bowlers selected could be covered and enable them to continue with a carefully planned strategy.

Full story: The Independent

 

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