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Wednesday's Ashes gossip column

BREAKING GOSSIP

1800 GMT: Monty Panesar's stunning catch against Australia A was "the internet hit of the day" on YouTube.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

0856 GMT: Four of Australia's top seven failed with the bat in the Shield match between New South Wales and Tasmania. Captain Ricky Ponting was dismissed for just seven while openers Shane Watson and Simon Katich were out for single-figure scores while wicketkeeper Brad Haddin made 10 as 20 wickets fell on day one at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Scorecard: Cricinfo

0840 GMT: Michael Hussey and Marcus North failed to register significant scores in Western Australia's Sheffield Shield match with Victoria. Hussey, who averages 26.36 from 13 innings at Test level since his century against Pakistan in January, was dismissed for 17, the same score as fellow left-hander North. But fast bowler Mitchell Johnson was in excellent touch with the bat, stroking 82 not out from 88 deliveries as WA finished on 319-6 at the end of day's play.
Full story: Cricket Australia

OTHER GOSSIP

Australia fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus says he has plans to "get under" the nose of England captain Andrew Strauss during the Ashes series.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

Ian Botham says leg-spin great Shane Warne coming out of retirement to play for Australia would be like England calling up the late Fred Trueman.
Full story: The Sun

Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist says Australia will be underdogs for the first Test in Brisbane next week.
Full story: The Guardian

But Australia bowler Mitchell Johnson says he has unfinished business with England and is ready to "knock over guys like Strauss and Pietersen" at the Gabba. (The Wisden Cricketer magazine)

Left-arm seamer Johnson, along with Doug Bollinger, will be the only fast bowlers taking part in a round of Sheffield Shield matches on Wednesday. Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus and Ryan Harris have all been rested this week.
Full story: Cricinfo

Mike Hussey's form will be closely scrutinised when the left-hander plays for Western Australia against Victoria, but the 35-year-old is focussing on his preparations for the next week.
Full story: Cricinfo

Former Australia opener Justin Langer believes former WA team-mates Hussey and Marcus North will make it through the Ashes as long as they ignore the mountain of distractions.
Full story: Cricinfo

The hosts are using the baseball-inspired Pro-Batter training device to ramp up their batting preparations for next week.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

AND FINALLY

England's James Anderson says Kevin Pietersen's moustache, grown as part of the Movember campaign to raise awareness for men's health, is "coming along nicely" .
Full story: Twitter


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see also
Tuesday's Ashes gossip column
16 Nov 10 |  Cricket
Monday's Ashes gossip column
15 Nov 10 |  Cricket
Sunday's Ashes gossip column
14 Nov 10 |  Cricket
Saturday's Ashes gossip column
13 Nov 10 |  Cricket
Friday's Ashes gossip column
12 Nov 10 |  Cricket
Thursday's Ashes gossip column
11 Nov 10 |  Cricket
Wednesday's Ashes gossip column
10 Nov 10 |  Cricket
England in Australia 2010-11
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