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Thursday's Ashes gossip column

Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey
Clarke (left) and Hussey (right) scoring runs together for Australia against India

BREAKING GOSSIP

Two former England players from the Ashes-winning side of 2005 have been giving their thoughts on the series. Opener Marcus Trescothick is backing his successor Alastair Cook to deal with the pressure from the Australian players, media and public - while wicketkeeper Geraint Jones hopes England can start strongly and force the Aussie press to turn against the home side.
(Press Association, 1506 GMT)

Australian batsman Michael Hussey has denied talk of dressing room tension and a fall-out with stand-in captain Michael Clarke after the team lost their sixth consecutive match in all forms of the game. "I have a very good relationship actually with Michael Clarke. We talk about cricket every time we're in the dressing room," he said. "I have no issues whatsoever so I'm not exactly sure where some of these so called issues are coming from. Our team is really tight."
(Press Association, 1310 GMT)

England batsman Paul Collingwood says they are not reading too much into Australia's one-day collapse against Sri Lanka and are concentrating on their own preparations. "Most of us watched the game, but really we're very much focused on what we've got to do rather than the opposition. But let's be honest, the more games they lose the better it is for us," he said.
(Press Association, 1300 GMT)

Stuart Broad says he wants to help England establish a Manchester United-style dynasty of success in world cricket. "We don't just want to win one Ashes and one World Cup. We want to be the Manchester United of cricket in that we want to have 10 years of winning," he said. (1210 GMT)
Full story: Daily Mail

Highlights of the Ashes series could be on terrestrial television after ITV was reported to be close to a deal with Cricket Australia, after they dropped the asking price. (1140 GMT)
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Former England paceman Angus Fraser has warned against expecting too much of Steve Finn, whom he coaches at Middlesex. "I'm naturally a huge fan of his but he is not the finished product. There is still some work to be done on him - he knows that," said Fraser. He also said he did not expect Finn to play in all five Ashes Tests. (1005 GMT)
Full story: lords.org

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Australian Test bowling great Brett Lee says they have greater quality in depth of quick bowlers than England. "I think there's eight to 10 bowlers that could all play Test cricket this Australian summer," he said.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

England captain Andrew Strauss says the team will be in full Ashes mode for their three warm-up matches before the Test series begins on 25 November. "The last thing we want to do is approach these matches like warm-up games, if you use that sort of attitude, you're always going to come unstuck," he said.
Full story: Perth Now

England batsman Ian Bell says he is confident he can end his run of disappointing performances against Australia in this Ashes series. "This is coming at the right time for me," he said.
Full story: Sport.co.uk

England batsman Ian Bell
Bell is confident he can turn his form around against against Australia

Stand-in Australia captain Michael Clarke says their inability to kill off sides is becoming a major problem, following their embarrassing one-day loss to Sri Lanka.
Full story: Fox Sports

Marcus North has ridiculed talk he could be Ricky Ponting's successor as Australia captain. "I know it's an Ashes summer, but there's got to be better stuff to write about," said the Western Australia batsman.
Full story: Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

England could have just half the number of travelling supporters they had for the last Ashes series in Australia because of the strength of the Australian dollar making the trip so expensive.
Full story: The Sun


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see also
Wednesday's Ashes gossip column
03 Nov 10 |  Cricket
Tuesday's Ashes gossip column
02 Nov 10 |  Cricket
Monday's Ashes gossip column
01 Nov 10 |  Cricket
England in Australia 2010-11
08 Oct 09 |  Cricket


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