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Wednesday's Ashes gossip column - Australia v England


1725 GMT: Spinner Nathan Hauritz feels he is not yet a certainty for Australia's Ashes team, after taking 0-57 from nine overs on the first day of New South Wales's game against Victoria - and was not even aware of when the team was due to be announced. "You don't get picked if you're not bowling well, simple as that," he admits.
Full story: Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

1206 GMT: The Umpire Decision Review System - which will be used for the first time in an Ashes series this winter - will be used even more when it becomes less costly, according to International Cricket Council general manager of cricket David Richardson. "In 23 Tests since October 2009, 84 possible on-field umpiring errors were recorded and 57 were corrected (by UDRS), which has lifted the correct decision percentage from 92.04% to 97.68%," he said. (Agence France Presse)

1145 GMT: England may field an unchanged XI - in other words, their likely Test XI - in their second warm-up game against South Australia in Adelaide (which begins at 2330 GMT on Wednesday evening). But Ashes ticket sales to England fans are well down on 2006/07 because of the recession and the strength of the Aussie dollar.
Full story: Daily Mail


Simon Katich (thumb) and Doug Bollinger (stomach) will have only one first-class match to prepare for the opening Ashes Test after their injuries kept them out of New South Wales' Sheffield Shield side to face Victoria on Wednesday.
Full story: Cricinfo

Injuries would massively disrupt Australia's plans as their panel have known its dream XI for most of the year.
Full story: Cricinfo

Australia will name their squad for the first Test at a free public event on Sydney Harbour at 1130 local time on Monday (0030 GMT).
Full story: Cricket Australia

Former South Africa coach Mickey Arthur is tipping bowler Mitchell Johnson to derail England's Ashes dreams.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Australia captain Ricky Ponting has defended the decision to rest him for the third one-day international against Sri Lanka last weekend.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

England bowler Steven Finn expects plenty more Ashes "banter" from Australian crowds, and is confident he will be able to deal with it too. "We copped a bit of abuse at the WACA last week in that last innings," he said. "It's something we're prepared for, we'll embrace and we're going to try to enjoy."
Full story: Sporting Life

Finn, meanwhile, may be dubbed England's great bowling hope for the coming Ashes series but he says he just wants to make himself an indispensable member of the team. (Press Association)

Australia opener Shane Watson believes he is in career-best bowling form and wants to shoulder more of the workload during the Ashes series.
Full story: Sporting Life

England have brought a secret weapon to Australia, an expert to stop the team from choking in the Ashes series - sports psychologist Mark Bawden.
Full story: Herald Sun

England team director Andy Flower has admitted: "I don't think our batsmen have performed as well as they would like over the last couple of years." (Various)

Meanwhile, Flower spent his day off rock climbing in the Adelaide Hills - having received some basic mountaineering lessons from wicketkeeping coach Bruce French.
Full story: the Guardian

Michael Lumb, who was part of England's ICC World Twenty20-winning side in May, has become the latest Englishman to be signed up for the Aussie domestic Twenty20 competition in January. The Hampshire batsman, who will play for Queensland, joins Sajid Mahmood (Western Australia) and Darren Pattinson (Victoria).
Full story: Cricket Australia

Listen to the Ashes live on Test Match Special on BBC 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW and online (UK users only) - series starts 25 November 2010. Archive: Relive past Ashes series

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see also
Tuesday's Ashes gossip column
09 Nov 10 |  Cricket
Monday's Ashes gossip column
08 Nov 10 |  Cricket
Sunday's Ashes gossip column
07 Nov 10 |  Cricket
Saturday's Ashes gossip column
06 Nov 10 |  Cricket
England in Australia 2010-11
08 Oct 09 |  Cricket

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