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Monday's Ashes gossip column

Jonathan Trott celebrates at the MCG
Trott registers the fourth Test century of his career to keep England on track


England have Australia "primed for execution", according to the Herald Sun.
Full story: Herald Sun

The West Australian concedes that "Australia are all but out of contention to regain the Ashes after England established a commanding 346-run lead at stumps."
Full story: the West Australian

The Australian is similarly downbeat mood. "Jonathan Trott rendered dead any faint hopes Australia had of staging a miraculous comeback," it predicts.
Full story: the Australian

Trott's unbeaten 141 was "a monumental effort of phlegmatism and unflappability from first ball to last" states the Guardian.
Full story: the Guardian

The Daily Telegraph's Scyld Berry is dismissive of the hosts' efforts in the field. "All that Australia could muster for meaningful resistance was a fine opening spell by Peter Siddle, some vigorous bouncers from Mitchell Johnson - and some petulance from Ricky Ponting," he opined.
Full story: the Daily Telegraph

Ricky Ponting's argument with umpire Aleem Dar over the video umpire's decision to give Kevin Pietersen not out was "a strange and futile - even desperate - display from the Australian captain" according to the Herald Sun.
Full story: Herald Sun

But former England captain Michael Atherton offers some praise for Australia's toil. "The bowlers ran in with vigour, the fieldsmen held their catches, and their body language was never less than eager. In the circumstances it was an impressive effort," he wrote. Full story: the Times (requires subscription)


Former skipper Steve Waugh believes Australia could install reserve wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who has played only four Tests, as captain should Ponting lose his job in the wake of Ashes defeat. Full story: Nine

Australia spin legend Shane Warne has shown he still poses a threat in Melbourne. Unfortunately for the hosts, it is actor Hugh Jackman, who is suffering at the leg-spinners' hands after being hit in the nether regions by a net delivery.

Full story: the Sun

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see also
Sunday's Ashes gossip column
26 Dec 10 |  Cricket
Friday's Ashes gossip column
24 Dec 10 |  Cricket
Wednesday's Ashes gossip column
22 Dec 10 |  Cricket
Tuesday's Ashes gossip column
21 Dec 10 |  Cricket
Monday's Ashes gossip column
20 Dec 10 |  Cricket
Sunday's Ashes gossip column
19 Dec 10 |  Cricket
Saturday's Ashes gossip column
18 Dec 10 |  Cricket
Friday's Ashes gossip column
17 Dec 10 |  Cricket
Thursday's Ashes gossip column
16 Dec 10 |  Cricket
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