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Injured Australian opener Simon Katich has revealed he is set to make a shock return in time for the fifth Ashes Test, increasing the pressure on Phillip Hughes to find form in the Boxing Day shoot-out in Melbourne.
Katich damaged his achilles tendon during the second Test loss in Adelaide and was initially expected to miss the rest of the summer.
But the veteran left-hander told Sportal on Tuesday that his comeback plans are ahead of schedule and he may be right for the Sydney Test, starting January 3.
Full story: Cricket Australia
CATV take a behind-the-scenes look at the red Test ball and what makes it so special.
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It was the day the series came back to life. It was the day Test cricket regained its reputation as a relentless, ruthless struggle between hostile flingers and brave batsmen. It was the day a large crowd was transfixed. It was the day Australia rejected the meek in favour of the mongrel. Most of all it was the day a tall, fragile and hitherto wayward speedster convinced England he was no mere myth.
Like all the best storms Mitchell Johnson’s burst came without warning. Certainly a few promising signs had been observed. On the previous day the genial banana-bender-cum-Western Warrior had scored 62 with numerous fluent strokes and plenty of defiant clouts. As a rule, Johnson’s batting moves in harmony with his flinging. Clearly he was feeling good about his bowling and so himself.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald
You can hear them from all corners of the ground so CATV’s James Sherry went to find out what all the signing is really about.