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Chris Tremlett puts England in command

England took a firm grip on the third Ashes Test in Perth after bowling Australia out for 268 on the first day.

Chris Tremlett vindicated his selection with three fine wickets as the hosts slumped to 69-5 shortly after lunch.

Mike Hussey, Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson all hit fifties before a last-wicket stand of 35 between Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus boosted the total.

But it was another superb day for England as Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook reached 29-0 at the close.

Full story: BBC Sport

 

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Ponting undecided on final XI for Perth

Australian captain Ricky Ponting says he’ll take a final look at the WACA Ground surface on Thursday morning before naming a final XI for the pivotal third Ashes Test against England.

Ponting said that the distinct green tinge to the surface made the choice of four fast bowlers a legitimate possibility.

Ben Hilfenhaus, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson would comprise that attack alongside the leg-spin of Steve Smith, leaving Michael Beer as the 12th man.

However, Ponting observed that the grass, while green, did not appear to be of the coarse kind that would take appreciable seam movement.

“We’ll have to see how the conditions look tomorrow,” Ponting said.

Full story: yahoo.com.au

 

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Could the Wags hurt England’s Ashes hopes?

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The WAGs arrived yesterday. They brought with them the children. Thus, at a stroke was six weeks of intense male bonding ended. England’s cricket tour of Australia will never quite be the same again in terms of its testosterone levels and if it results in a reversal of the present good fortune there may yet be hell to pay.

With two days to go before the third Test at the Waca, a match that could decide the destiny of the Ashes, the players will no longer have only each other and the odd old mate for company. But equally they have in their sights the greatest prize in their sport.

Full story: The Independent

 

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We’ll win the Ashes in Perth: Graeme Swann

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With a Lord’s Nursery End marquee crammed full with a thousand paying guests and sponsors hanging on his every utterance, England off-spinner Graeme Swann paused briefly before deciding on the correct words.

The charity audience was looking forward to what he would say about his upcoming first tour of Australia.

Team officials also waited with baited breath.

Months had been spent trying to make sure no one said a single word that could be construed as confidence, let alone arrogance, before the mission to retain the Ashes in Australia for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century.

They knew the success of that part of the operation hinged on what Swann would say next.

“Well,” began the No. 1 spinner in world cricket, “the thing is, I’ll almost certainly be p—-d from Perth onwards because we’ll have won the Ashes by then.”

Full story: perthnow.com.au

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Ponting backs Johnson’s WACA record

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Australia’s fast bowlers have gathered in Perth, uncertain of who will be carrying the drinks when the third Test begins on Thursday. The captain Ricky Ponting has said there will be strong competition between the fast men, with Mitchell Johnson back in the mix after being dropped along with Ben Hilfenhaus for the Adelaide Test.

Johnson, Hilfenhaus, Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris have all been named in Australia’s 12-man squad, and although there is a chance that all four could play, Ponting always prefers to have a specialist spinner on hand. If that means Michael Beer plays alongside the allrounder Steven Smith, one of the pace bowlers must sit out.

Full story: ESPNcricinfo

 

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