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Friday's Ashes gossip column - Australia v England

Ryan Harris
Ryan Harris is "not banking" on an Ashes call-up despite his fine form

BREAKING GOSSIP

1005: Australia paceman Doug Bollinger has declared himself fully fit after bowling in the nets at the Sydney Cricket Ground and will continue his comeback in club cricket at the weekend. Bollinger suffered a stomach injury in the Mohali Test last month and has not played since.
Full story: Yahoo/Eurosport

1001: Australia coach Tim Nielsen, writing a blog on the Cricket Australia site, is critical of what he calls "all sorts of talk about disharmony and infighting within the team." He adds: "This team is tough enough not to allow uneducated opinion upset it."
Full story: Cricket Australia

0858: Queensland paceman Ryan Harris may have knocked the door down for a spot in the Ashes squad with career-best match figures of 9-140 against Tasmania, though he plays down his chances of taking part. "I'm not banking on it," he says. Ricky Ponting's long-awaited Sheffield Shield is bowled for five in the same match, describing his performance as "scratchy".
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

0854: Nathan Hauritz takes two wickets opening the bowling for New South Wales, but Michael Clarke's bad back flares up again as the Ashes batsman spends two sessions off the field in the match against Victoria following an excellent 113.
Full story: sportal.com.au

OTHER GOSSIP
Mitchell Starc
Young paceman Starc has been touted as a possible Ashes pick

Ashes hopeful Mitchell Starc is expected to be out of action for at least four weeks after suffering a side strain in the clash against Victoria. He had been lined up to play for Australia A in the three-day match against England in Hobart, beginning next Wednesday.
Full story: Press Association

Aussie paceman Mitchell Johnson feels England's players are throwing around a few "cocky" comments before the series and believes they may well come to regret it.
Full story: Daily Star

And Johnson wants to dominate England captain Andrew Strauss and make him "his bunny" this summer in a plan to crush the old enemy's spirit.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

Greg Chappell, Australia's first full-time selector, continues to steer away from the plan of a four-pronged pace attack, saying that not including a spinner for the first Ashes Test at the Gabba would be a "risky" decision.
Full story: Fox Sports

England believe Ian Bell is the utility batsman they can rely on, despite his frailty in the past series against Australia.
Full story: Daily Express


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England prosper in Ashes warm-up
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Monday's Ashes gossip column
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England in Australia 2010-11
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