All eyes will be on Khawaja (right) when he replaces Ponting (left) in Sydney
Simon Katich says Test debutant Usman Khawaja is the perfect man to replace injured captain Ricky Ponting in Sydney - and not just because of his skilled batting. "He's probably the most popular bloke in our squad," he said. "He doesn't drink, but the boys don't hold that against him. He will still go out with them, socialise, and then drive them home. He's their taxi."
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Ricky Ponting has been backed to continue as Australia captain when he returns from injury by coach Tim Nielsen. "There's plenty of kick in the old dog yet," he said. "I expect once his finger's right and he's back playing cricket he'll assume the leadership role once again."
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Aside from claiming a series win in Sydney, a key priority for England is to ensure its bowling coach - Australian David Saker - is retained. Another Australian bowling coach, Troy Cooley, helped England reclaim the Ashes in 2005 - but was then poached back by his home country.
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A truce agreed in the corridor between the two dressings rooms after the fourth Test in Melbourne has cooled tempers ahead of the final Test in Sydney. England wicketkeeper Matt Prior's chance meeting with Australia bowler Peter Siddle allowed the pair the opportunity to patch up their differences from Perth, when Prior had seemingly offered to fight Siddle outside the ground.
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Baggy Green wicketkeeper Brad Haddin says the SCG wicket should live up to its traditional spin-friendly nature, despite having proven to be somewhat of a quick bowler's paradise at times during this Australian summer.
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England's buoyant cricket heroes admitted to nursing sore heads after celebrating their Ashes triumph. Spin bowler Graeme Swann owned up to a "headache and ropey guts" while Melbourne man-of-the-match
Tim Bresnan said:
"Celebrating done. Sore head this morning. On to Sydney to wrap up the series."
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