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England's batting line-up
An up and coming England batting prospect who gets some play on the ECB's own site today is Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale. He tells that he "can't wait" for the Australia trip.
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Zaltzman assesses Australia
Sample: Of Hilfenhaus he says: "If Australia pick him and Bollinger, they will lose. The last time they picked two seam bowlers with tri-syllabic surnames – Gillespie and Kasprowicz in 2005 – they lost."
(Hat-tip to btl)
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Mike Brearley recalls the daunting experience of arriving in Australia for the first time with the England team; Vic Marks explains why Kevin Pietersen will thrive on the abuse he gets from home supporters, and Mike Selvey boldly outlines why England should be favourites to retain the Ashes.
The Cook conundrum
David Hopps today focuses on how . Although the headline is slightly misleading as it is a play on the fact that the England coach spent his free day rock climbing. On Cook he seems pretty certain:
With more than a little disrespect to Tim Bresnan, Chris Tremlett and Monty Panesar, the Sydney Morning Herald today berates England for planning to send the likely Test bowlers to Brisbane next week rather than to Hobart to play against Australia A, leaving the match to those who would like to force their way into the Ashes line-up:
England are likely to play what is assumed to be England's First Test line-up at Adelaide in the warm up game which starts at 11.30pm (GMT) tonight. David Hopps will be reporting from there tomorrow morning.
Meanwhile the Australians seem to be taking their own team selections Very Seriously. The squad for the first test will be unveiled at a "Major Free Public Event on Sydney Harbour, Monday 15 November", says the Australia release.
Not the Ashes: Zulqarnain Haider
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