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Thursday's Ashes gossip column - Australia v England


1510 BST: Bookmakers are predicting that £15m will be gambled on the Ashes this winter. (William Hill)

1214 BST: England captain Andrew Strauss says he expects his players to be "self-policing" in relation to Twitter this winter. (England news conference)

1200 BST: England seamer Tim Bresnan's packing plans for Friday's departure to Australia came unstuck when an official at check-in made him reshuffle his luggage into bags not heavier than 23kg.
Full story: Tim Bresnan's Twitter feed


Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting's images on Big Ben
Clarke and Ponting invade London

The images of Australia captain Ricky Ponting and his deputy Michael Clarke have been projected on to London landmark Big Ben. Their message: "We wanted to send our old rival a reminder not to leave the urn behind. Bring on the Ashes!"
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England batsman Kevin Pietersen has laughed off recent criticism of him by John Buchanan, describing the former Australia coach as "a nobody". Buchanan had said Pietersen could be "a major problem" for England down under as "he has the potential to be fragmentary and an individualist". (Various)

Pietersen also insists he is "still driven and hungry" to succeed for England, and says that he feels better aged 30 than he did at 25.
Full story: Daily Mail

Former England captain Michael Vaughan feels his old side will win the Ashes if skipper Andrew Strauss averages 50 with the bat - but will surrender the urn if the opener averages "25 or 30".
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Another former player who thinks Strauss is the key man for England is ex-Australia opener Justin Langer, who feels his former Middlesex opening partner "had the X-factor in the last series".
Full story: Daily Mail

Australia will be lifted for the Ashes by the return from injury of two "gritty" players - paceman Peter Siddle and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. (the Times)

England seamer Stuart Broad believes the difficult summer the players had during Pakistan's troubled tour will bring the squad together in Australia.
Full story: Cricinfo

Meanwhile, also reflecting on the Pakistan tour, England coach Andy Flower hopes the credibility of cricket can be restored with an exciting, closely fought Ashes series.
Full story: Daily Express

Flower fears England may lose bowling coach David Saker to his native Australia early next year. Saker may follow in the footsteps of one of his predecessors, Troy Cooley, who made the switch in 2006 but is about to vacate the post of bowling coach to run Australia's academy in Asia.
Full story: the Sun

Aussie paceman Ryan Harris will try to boost his chances of an Ashes place by playing for the Queensland Academy of Sport in the Futures League next week, ahead of a comeback for the full Queensland side.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

But Tasmanian spinner Xavier Doherty's call-up to the one-day squad has cast doubt over first-choice Test spinner Nathan Hauritz's participation in the Ashes.
Full story: Courier Mail (Brisbane)

Australian batsman Mike Hussey is not reading the press in a bid to avoid putting pressure on himself.
Full story: Perth Now

Mike Denness - captain on the 1974/75 tour of Australia - recalls how some England players were "glad to get out alive" after a barrage of short-pitched bowling by Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Australian cricket is set for a A$160m (£98m) shake-up with a new Indian Premier League-style Twenty20 tournament under discussion for 2012 - while alternatively, there could be investment from India worth A$80m (£49m). (Various)

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see also
Wednesday's Ashes gossip column
27 Oct 10 |  Cricket
England in Australia 2010-11
08 Oct 09 |  Cricket

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