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Monday's Ashes gossip column

Graeme Swann
Rock star shades... Check. But does Swann wear them indoors at dark gigs?

The popular Nottingham pub band who, when time permits, boast England spinner Graeme Swann as their lead singer are called Dr Comfort and the Lurid Revelations. "Graeme's a natural on the stage and he loves it," said founder of the band and former Nottinghamshire left-arm spinner Andy Afford. "He has got a Bothamesque sort of confidence."
Full story: Daily Mail

Former Australian Test bowler Stuart Clark says he finds Michael Clarke, captain for the final Ashes Test in Sydney, to be more opinionated than Ricky Ponting, the man whom he is replacing.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

Swing bowler James Anderson revealed his disappointment that Australia did not join England's players for a beer in the Melbourne changing room as they celebrated retaining the Ashes. "That kind of thing seems to be disappearing from the game, which is a bit of a shame," he said. "I'm still hoping that it might happen in Sydney. [But] there has been a bit of edge throughout the series."
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Once indisputably Australia's national game, cricket has slipped behind AFL, horse racing, rugby league and motor sport - and sits just ahead of rugby union and soccer - according to its government's latest attendance statistics. Television ratings are also down 24% over the past 10 years.
Full story: The Guardian

England are expected to turn down a London victory parade so they can spend time with their families. The squad will return from Australia just six days before most of them leave for the World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and, having been away for three months, look set to opt out of a bus-top tour.
Full story: Daily Mail

England batsman Alastair Cook - talked about as a future national captain after taking on the role in Bangladesh early last year - appears to be in no rush to take full-time charge. "If it came up again it would be an amazing thing to do," he said. "[But] I don't crave the limelight of the captaincy. Who knows the future of the team?"
Full story: The Independent

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see also
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Friday's Ashes gossip column
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Wednesday's Ashes gossip column
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Tuesday's Ashes gossip column
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Monday's Ashes gossip column
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Sunday's Ashes gossip column
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Friday's Ashes gossip column
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