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Friday's Ashes gossip column


1627 GMT: Bats used by Australia legend Sir Donald Bradman - including one he wielded in the 1930 Ashes series when he averaged 139.14 and smashed four centuries in five Tests - are to be auctioned in Erskineville on Sunday. (Various)

1513 GMT: With Australia having lost the one-day international series to Sri Lanka, captain Ricky Ponting will miss the final ODI (a dead rubber) and will instead play some first-class cricket for Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield. But Ponting concedes that the "doom and gloom around the team" will only be dispelled when they start winning again.
Full story: BBC Sport

1335 GMT: Pace bowler Stuart Broad says England are not only aiming to retain the Ashes this summer in Australia, they're looking to hold on to the urn for another two decades. ''We want England to be a place that's feared to be toured like Australia is. We want to do something like Australia did to us for 20 years."
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

1322 GMT: The high value of the Australian dollar has reduced the number of England fans buying travel packages allowing more tickets for Australian supporters. There will be no more "pasty Poms" chanting: "We're fat, we're round, three dollars to the pound."
Full story: The Australian


Shane Warne has warned England not to get cocky after detecting an air of "arrogance and lip" in the Ashes phoney war. The Aussie spin legend dismissed the notion Ricky Ponting's men were in crisis after a run of recent defeats.
Full story: Daily Mirror

David Hasselhoff
England's secret bowling weapon, according to Shane Warne

Warne has been speaking to various newspapers, and believes Graeme Swann is a vital ingredient for England's chances: "I think Swann is going to walk around a bit like [American actor] David Hasselhoff," said Warne. "With the ball, Swann is just the key."
Full story: The Independent

England opener Alastair Cook has been enjoying a spot of golf, but was told by the manager of one course: "The only 100 you'll get in Australia is on this round, mate." Keen on his arrows, he has also brought a "new and improved dartboard" with him on tour. (Metro)

An editorial in one Australian newspaper paints a bleak scene for the hosts. It starts: "Australia is only 20 days away from the first ball of the Ashes series, and never has the old urn looked so unattainable. Whatever form of the game, we are in an awful mess."
Full story: The Herald Sun

Australia coach Tim Nielsen concedes Australia are cracking under pressure and struggling to find a way to win. He said: "For whatever reason we can't get across the line. When we're under pressure - real pressure - we're not doing things well enough."
Full story: The Herald Sun

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
Thursday's Ashes gossip column
04 Nov 10 |  Cricket
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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