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Michael Clarke has received the backing of Australia’s selectors to captain the Test team should Ricky Ponting fail to overcome his finger injury by Boxing Day, although the incumbent skipper says he played with a worse injury in last year’s corresponding match against Pakistan.
Ponting has a minor fracture in the little finger of his left hand but is confident of playing in Melbourne and selectors have not named a standby player for him in their unchanged squad of 12 from Perth.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald
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Scoring heavily in the first innings of a Test is no guarantee against defeat, as England found out on their last visit to Adelaide in 2006/07, but as Andy Flower admitted this week his batsmen can do much more to put Australia under pressure for the rest of the series starting with the second Test.
England suffered a number of batting wobbles against Pakistan this summer and have looked vulnerable at some stage in each of their matches on tour so far and it’s hard to come up with a cast-iron reason why.
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Monty Panesar and Chris Tremlett have won much-coveted places in the Ashes squad to tour Australia this winter.
In an England 16 with no surprises, the 11 men who played in the last Test at Lord’s against Pakistan are retained.
They are joined by Sussex spinner Panesar, Surrey fast bowler Tremlett with another Surrey man, Steven Davies, taking the reserve wicketkeeping spot.
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Kevin Pietersen has apologised for the foul-mouthed tweet which followed his omission from England’s Twenty20 and one-day international squads to face Pakistan.
The South Africa-born batsman’s poor form resulted in him being dropped yesterday for the England squads to take on the tourists in five ODIs and two T20s.
Full story: The Guardian