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Wednesday'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

Bollinger is widely expected to replace Johnson in Adelaide
Doug Bollinger is widely expected to replace Mitchell Johnson in Adelaide

Kevin Pietersen was less than impressed with the Adelaide nets as he was unable to practise batting outside because it was wet.

He told his Twitter followers: "What should a groundsman make sure he does 2days out from a test match????"

"Cover the nets when it rains maybe???

Full story: Kevin Pietersen's Twitter

Australia captain Ricky Ponting says he loves England's travelling support the Barmy Army - even though they give him a lot of stick.

"They are the best bunch of supporters that we play in front of."
Full story: Adelaide Advertiser

Australian selectors will assess Mitchell Johnson's well-being and the prevailing conditions before making the final call on whether to pick or ditch him for the second Test, following his
0-170 in Brisbane.
Full story: Canberra Times

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has been dropped for the second Ashes Test starting in Adelaide on Friday after being told at training on Wednesday.

American Ashley Kerekes who has been pestered by Twitter cricket fans because her username is theashes: "Bed soon, but I was just sent the 1st test result... how is it a draw if Australia gets 588 & England gets 777??"
Full story: Theashes on Twitter

England coach Andy Flower has spoken for the first time of the "life-saving surgery" for skin cancer which meant he missed a large part of the first Test in Brisbane.

"It is one of those dangerous strains of cancer and they wanted to get it done straight away. It would have spread."
Full story: The Express

Former England opener Marcus Trescothick reckons current captain Andrew Strauss can beat Wally Hammond's Test centuries record and score more than 30 in his career.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

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see also
Tuesday's Ashes gossip column
30 Nov 10 |  Cricket
Monday's Ashes gossip column
29 Nov 10 |  Cricket
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
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