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‘We don’t want to give them a sniff’ – Trott

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Tests against Australia have traditionally been the acid test for England batsmen, but Jonathan Trott’sbrief flirtation with Ashes cricket has so far bucked that trend, with two second-innings centuries in his only two appearances, at The Oval in 2009 and most recently at the Gabba last week.

But if any cricketer in the England team knows what it takes to begin again from scratch in Adelaide this week, it is Trott, whose unflappable desire to pile up runs irrespective of circumstance has made him indispensable at first drop in England’s order. His plan for dealing with Australia’s bowlers for the rest of the series is simple: “We don’t want to give them a sniff”.

Full story: CricInfo

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How Hussey got his groove back

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The Australian player with the most to lose has improved his team’s chances of developing a winning position. For two years Michael Hussey has been clinging on, but with his spot in increasing danger he has let go. By choosing his destiny and combining freedom and purpose, he is being watched by the selectors purely for pleasure. Their red pens now look elsewhere to mark crosses.

A true professional stirs when the danger is most severe, but Hussey didn’t merely save his place by grafting or working the ball, like he did at The Oval in 2009 and the SCG in January. This time he was a fresh shot-maker, an aggressor chasing early boundaries instead of settling in by leaving and hoping. When the rain and bad light arrived with 17 overs still to bowl he had breezed to 81 and belted 13 fours and a six.

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Heartbroken Hussey wants Ashes revenge

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Test batsman Mike Hussey hopes to erase a lingering heartbreak and silence his growing critics by playing a key role in helping Australia reclaim the Ashes this summer.

Hussey was last man out when Australia fell 198 runs shy of victory in the fifth and deciding Ashes Test at The Oval last year, handing England a 2-1 victory.

Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

 

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What if Graeme Swann loses his magic before the Ashes?

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The importance of Swann to England‘s Ashes challenge becomes more apparent with every Test. England intend to rely on a four-strong attack in Australia, with an occasional over from Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood, and that means Swann will be expected to bowl long holding spells as well as maintain a happy knack of taking wickets.

England’s reliance on Swann was stark after lunch on the fourth day at The Oval when Jimmy Anderson bowled wide of off-stump to test Pakistan’s patience, with England relying on Swann to take the bulk of the wickets. The tactic got them back into the match.

Full story: The Guardian

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Strauss must show his men are ready to face Ponting

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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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