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Tuesday's Ashes gossip column

Australia captain Ricky Ponting
Australia captain Ricky Ponting cannot afford to lose in Perth

Australia captain Ricky Ponting should drop down the batting order or face losing the captaincy and his place in the side, according to Western Australia selector Daryl Foster. Full story: Wisden Cricketer

Former Australia selector John Benaud, the younger brother of cricket commentator Richie, believes Andrew Hilditch should either resign or be sacked from his post as selection chief after the 2011 World Cup.
Full story: Adelaide Advertiser

Australia selector Greg Chappell has revealed they always planned to leave fast bowler Mitchell Johnson out of the second Test against England at Adelaide as part of a rotation system because of the hectic schedule of five Tests in seven weeks.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

Johnson, who took 8-61 against South Africa in Perth two years ago, overcame a blow to the nether regions to stake his claim for a starting spot in the third Test with a strong bowling display in the nets.
Full story: The Australian

However, former Australia Ashes hero Bob Massie, [he claimed eight wickets in each innings on his debut at Lord's in 1972] thinks playing Johnson is a "massive gamble" and they should pick Peter Siddle instead.
Full story: The West Australian

Former Australia batsman Brad Hodge has accused the selectors of giving away Baggy Green caps "for free" and says he was glad to play in his six Tests in a great era for the national side, rather than now.
Full story: Herald Sun

Spin bowler Nathan Hauritz still has a burning desire to get back into the Australian Test team, despite giving away his old Test jumpers at a garage sale over the weekend.
Full story: Herald Sun

Recalled all-rounder Steve Smith has been put in charge of Australia's fun department for this week's third Ashes Test in Perth.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

The fact that England's last victory over Australia at Perth's Waca ground came 32 years ago is of no concern to coach Andy Flower. England's solitary win in Western Australia, in 11 attempts, came under captain Mike Brearley in 1978.
Full story: Herald Sun

Australia could make the most changes to their team in the middle of a series since the World Series Cricket in the 1970s as they bid to level the Ashes series at 1-1 in Perth. Up to five players, including Phil Hughes and Steve Smith, could be brought in, which would equal the series-deciding Test against India in 1978 when Graham Yallop and four debutants were included.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

Tim Paine will go on trial as a potential future captain for Australia when he leads a Prime Minister's XI to play England in Canberra on 10 January.
Full story: Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

Australia's cricketers may have found the secret weapon needed to wrest the Ashes urn back from England. No, it's not spinner Michael Beer, it's England's Wag's [wives and girlfriends] who have flown into Perth for the third Test after being banned from the first six weeks of the tour.
Full story: Perth Now


Apparently strange things happen in Test matches at the Waca - one of the best is seam bowler Terry Alderman moonlighting as ground security in 1983.
Full story: Herald Sun

And if that is not enough to boost Aussie hopes, here are eight more reasons why Australia can turn around their fortunes in Perth.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

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see also
Monday's Ashes gossip column
13 Dec 10 |  Cricket
Sunday's Ashes gossip column
12 Dec 10 |  Cricket
Saturday's Ashes gossip column
11 Dec 10 |  Cricket
Friday's Ashes gossip column
10 Dec 10 |  Cricket
Thursday's Ashes gossip column
09 Dec 10 |  Cricket
Wednesday's Ashes gossip column
08 Dec 10 |  Cricket
Tuesday's Ashes gossip column
07 Dec 10 |  Cricket
England in Australia 2010-11
08 Oct 09 |  Cricket

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