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Thursday's Ashes gossip column

Michael Clarke is dismissed by James Anderson
Clarke shows his frustration after being caught off the bowling of Anderson

Shane Warne says the country needs to make big changes if they are to return to the top of world cricket. "Australian cricket is at the crossroads," the former Australia Test spinner said. "Cricket Australia and the players need to work out what their priorities are."
Full story: Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

Put Us Out Of Our Misery is the Herald Sun headline as England close in on their first series win in Australia for 24 years. The paper says: "Australia's doomed Ashes campaign is ending in farce and frustration."
Full story: Herald Sun

Neil Harvey, a former Australia selection panel chairman, says the Test team is suffering from a dearth of cricketing talent not seen since the Kerry Packer revolution robbed Australia if its stars in the 1970s.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

Former Australia skipper Steve Waugh believes a "sense of team" was key to the success his side enjoyed and that quality is missing from the national side at the moment.
Full story: The Australian

Former England Test captain Geoffrey Boycott says confused thinking from Australia's selectors has undermined their Ashes campaign.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

The Australian has put the blame for Australia's disappointing Ashes series on the shoulders of the bowlers. After the fourth day of the final Test, they said: "Australia's bowlers failed to take a wicket with two new balls, failed to take a wicket in the entire second session and failed to grab the initiative. This allowed England's batsmen to put their side in a winning position - again."
Full story: The Australian

Former Test umpire Darrell Hair believes the use of technology in cricket is denting the confidence of umpires.
Full story: Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

England batsman Ian Bell thanked a former cagefighter for giving him a "new mental toughness" that helped him to score his first Ashes hundred in Sydney. Bell has been training with Barrington Patterson, who once fought current world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, to improve his fitness.
Full story: Telegraph


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see also
England close on Ashes series win
06 Jan 11 |  England
Tuesday's Ashes gossip column
04 Jan 11 |  Cricket
Monday's Ashes gossip column
03 Jan 11 |  Cricket
Sunday's Ashes gossip column
02 Jan 11 |  Cricket
England in Australia 2010-11
08 Oct 09 |  Cricket


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