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Victoria’s two most senior players have endorsed the retention of Australia’s all-pace bowling attack for the Boxing Day Test.

Captain Cameron White and vice-captain David Hussey both support an unchanged side from Perth, despite Melbourne’s conditions not being as overtly suited to pace as the WACA Ground.

Full story: The Age

 

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Form is temporary (via barmyarmyashes.com)

Class is permanent. As I predicted yesterday the real Australia have shown up at last. After another dropped catch and a painful hour, a revitalised Mitchell Johnson tore through England’s batting like it was paper. The Freemantle Doctor failed to come in, and instead the humidity rose allowing Johnson to swing the ball like the proverbial boomerang, out then in to the right hander in a mesmerising display. Here was the legend we’d heard tales of … Read More

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Flower pleased with Melbourne ‘reality check’

England’s coach Andy Flower believes that the deathly slow surface that England encountered in their drawn three-day warm-up match against Victoria this week was the perfect reality check after the highs of the Adelaide Test, and has backed his pace bowlers to take command of the livelier conditions that are anticipated at the WACA this week.

England’s trip to Melbourne was billed as a three-way shoot-out between Chris Tremlett, Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad, all of whom were in with a shout of replacing Stuart Broad in the Test attack following his stomach injury. However, on a tacky and docile pitch that offered little to any types of bowling, the trio returned combined figures of 1 for 216 in 78 overs to leave the selection debate somewhat cloudy.

Full story: ESPNcricinfo

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Desperate measures? (via barmyarmyashes.com)

So it turns out Shane Warne has more pressing engagements than returning to the Australia team. Despite his shenanigans in a London hotel with Liz Hurley, Brett Lee has added his name to the long list of Aussies requesting that the legendary spin bowler returns to the team. That is how desperate the Australians appear to be. And this is all good for England who continue their unbeaten tour with a draw against Victoria. Matt Prior was the star wit … Read More

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Matt Prior ton maintains England’s unbeaten record

Matt Prior followed up his face-saving century against Victoria today by predicting that England could go through the Ashes Test tour unbeaten. He probably did not realise it, but he had just suggested that England could match an achievement not pulled off for 40 years, since Ray Illingworth‘s England side won an acrimonious seven-Test series 2-0 as well as remaining unbeaten in eight other first-class matches. The only match they lost was a one-day international, and few people took them seriously in those days.

“If we carry on playing the brand of cricket we have been, there is certainly no reason why we can’t go through the tour unbeaten,” Prior said. “Go on any tour and you want to be unbeaten, be it an Ashes or anywhere else. It would be a fantastic feat and it is something we are certainly targeting.”

Full story: The Guardian

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