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Monday's Ashes gossip column - Australia v England

BREAKING GOSSIP

Aussie batsman Simon Katich is battling to be fit for the first Test after being ruled out of New South Wales's Sheffield Shield game against Victoria with a hand injury. Katich, the NSW captain, hopes to be able to bat for his club side next Saturday, but if he is not fit to play against Tasmania on 17 November, he does not expect to be selected for the first Test a week later. (1530 GMT)
Full story: The Australian

Meanwhile, fellow Aussie batsman Mike Hussey's chances of playing in the first Test are in jeopardy after selector Greg Chappell said form would count more than reputation when the team is picked. But Hussey, who has a modest recent record in Test cricket, insists: "I haven't thought about it." (1530 GMT)
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

Batsman Ian Bell headed straight for the gym after helping England beat Western Australia in Perth on Sunday, and says he is in better physical shape than on the last Ashes tour in 2006/07. (1220 GMT)
Full story: Evening Standard

OTHER GOSSIP

Australia's uncertainty over selection for the first Test, plus ongoing injury worries, could lead the selectors to name a 15-man squad for Brisbane.
Full story: Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke, who led the Aussies to a consolation victory in their final one-day international against Sri Lanka in Brisbane to end a seven-game losing run, feels his side will draw strength from ending that barren sequence of results.
Full story: Daily Mirror

However, only 9,037 fans were at that game - a record low for an Australia one-day international at the Gabba - which has led to calls for international cricket never to be played so early in the Australian season.
Full story: Adelaide Advertiser

Hard-hitting batsman Cameron White is the man that fans want to succeed Ricky Ponting as Australia captain, rather than Clarke, according to a newspaper poll.
Full story: Herald Sun

England batsman Kevin Pietersen, who top-scored in the first innings as they beat Western Australia in Perth, admits: "I've never really been a technical player. I play like a clown."
Full story: England and Wales Cricket Board official website

However, Pietersen is the only current player to make it into the Independent's all-time England Ashes dream team, which also includes Harold Larwood and Jim Laker.
Full story: The Independent

England captain Andrew Strauss is not yet ready to decide the make-up of the side to face South Australia in their next warm-up match in Adelaide on Thursday. He said: "We're trying to get the majority of the people we think are going to be playing in that first Test as much cricket as possible. But I wouldn't be nailing this down as our Test XI at this stage." (Press Association)

Western Australia coach Mickey Arthur hopes paceman Mitchell Johnson can recover his form in the Sheffield Shield before the Ashes starts, after the left-armer only took one wicket in the three one-dayers against Sri Lanka.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

However, Arthur is still backing Australia to win the Ashes 2-1.
Full story: Perth Now

England spinner Graeme Swann had a worrying moment at Perth Airport, confessing that everyone was staring at him - before realising that his flies were undone.
Full story: Graeme Swann's Twitter feed

And finally... England's 2005 Ashes-winning captain Michael Vaughan beat BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson in the weekend's Premier League predictions on the BBC Sport website, where Lawro takes on a different guest pundit each week. Meanwhile, Vaughan's beloved Sheffield Wednesday beat Southport 5-2 in Sunday's televised FA Cup game.
Full story: BBC Sport


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


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