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Sunday's Ashes gossip column - Australia v England

Former Australia Test paceman Brett Lee
Brett Lee is the latest former Test player to call for a Warne comeback

Australia's shock spinning selection Michael Beer was overshadowed on his final Sheffield Shield appearance before the third Test. Beer bowled only two overs for Western Australia against Queensland before flying out to Perth to join the Test squad - while left-arm paceman Ryan Duffield took 3-40 for WA.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

Legendary spinner Shane Warne has been dubbed "an unofficial selector" by one Australian writer after he endorsed the unheralded Beer in his British newspaper column, before the slow left-armer's shock call-up.
Full story: The Australian

Beer is also on course for a pay rise in excess of A$100,000 (£62,291) following his Test call-up, having begun the season on a rookie contract of A$52,000 (£32,391) at Western Australia. His salary will rise further to A$210,000 (£130,811) if he earns a maiden central contract with Cricket Australia.
Full story: Herald Sun

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia is reported to be already planning a wide-ranging post-Ashes review - just as England did after losing 5-0 in 2006/07. Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch has come under fire from some quarters because of the home side's inconsistent selection policy.
Full story: The Age

Former England captain Alec Stewart is "thoroughly enjoying" Australia's struggles, claiming they are "in disarray".
Full story: Daily Mirror

Cricket Australia has answered concerns after it was revealed that fielding coach Mike Young will only be with the side for two of the five Ashes Tests. A spokesman said: "Mike doesn't travel full-time with the team. He is normally most focused around one-day cricket."
Full story: Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

SHANE WARNE COMEBACK GOSSIP

Pace bowler Brett Lee has become the latest former Australian Test great to join the calls for Warne to come out of retirement. Lee, now retired from Tests but still playing one-day cricket, cites the example of Bobby Simpson who returned at the age of 44 in 1977, 10 years after his last Test, to lead an Aussie side hit by defections to Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

But selector Greg Chappell insists the panel did not seriously consider approaching Warne to play in Perth.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

AND FINALLY

England bowlers Graeme Swann and Steven Finn have been trading light-hearted quips over Twitter. Spinner Swann feels Finn has had "a tremendously ropey haircut" - and while celebrating Newcastle's win over Liverpool, has urged owner Mike Ashley to sell the club.
Read more: Graeme Swann's Twitter feed



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


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