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Monday's Ashes gossip column

Australia v England, second Test
Venue: Adelaide Oval Date: 3-7 December. Match starts 0000 GMT on 3 Dec Coverage: Listen live on Test Match Special on BBC Radio 4 LW and 5 live Sports Extra; text commentary on BBC Sport website and live on Sky Sports 1

Andrew Strauss and Ricky Ponting

Australia bowler Mitchell Johnson appears to be the early fall-guy in the Aussie press with one editorial rating him an "E" and describing his performance with the ball as being "as inoffensive as a pre-school teacher".
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

Johnson's ball to Jonathan Trott, shortly after midday on day five, which went wide for four down the leg-side, has been compared to Steve Harmison's opening-day wide in 2006 as one of the most 'infamous' in Ashes history.
Full story: Fox Sport

"Humiliation" and "Annihilation" is how former England cricketer Steve James describes Australia's performance in Brisbane.
Full story: The Telegraph

The media post-mortem has quickly begun in Australia with the Herald Sun publishing a mock editorial by the RSPCA (The Royal Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Australians) called: '10 things we've learned from the first Test'. It heaps huge praise on England and pulls no punches it its assessment of Australia's performance.
Full story: The Herald Sun

According to one betting column in a major Australian newspaper, "The punters are deserting Australia", with the hosts no longer favourites to win the series after England's dominant display with the bat in its second innings.
Full story: The Sydney Morning Herald

Australian captain Ricky Ponting is the target of the Sydney Daily Telegraph who mockingly ask: 'Hey Ricky, did you hear the one about Australia taking 20 wickets in a Test? Stop joking, this is serious, it adds.
Full story: The Daily Telegraph

The West Australian newspaper declare it's: 'Back to the drawing board', for the hosts.
Full story: The West Australian

A woman from the United States with the Twitter name @theashes, who was bombarded by messages about cricket, has been offered a free flight to Australia and has also started selling her own commemorative T-shirt. (Press Association)

Meanwhile, television commentator David Lloyd has revealed that his Twitter page @BumbleCricket is no more, after the former England cricketer was forced to quit the social networking site because of the "disgraceful language" used by fellow Tweeters on his page.
Full story: Daily Mail



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see also
Sunday's Ashes gossip column
28 Nov 10 |  Cricket
Saturday's Ashes gossip column
27 Nov 10 |  Cricket
Friday's Ashes gossip column
26 Nov 10 |  Cricket
Thursday's Ashes gossip column
25 Nov 10 |  Cricket
Wednesday's Ashes gossip column
24 Nov 10 |  Cricket
Tuesday's Ashes gossip column
23 Nov 10 |  Cricket
Monday's Ashes gossip column
22 Nov 10 |  Cricket
England in Australia 2010-11
08 Oct 09 |  Cricket


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