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Will Eden Hazard, Frank Lampard and Juan Mata make it into a tip 50?
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With a Premier League deteriorate only around a corner, we’ve fabricated a row of experts to select a 50 best EPL players.

Our preference cabinet consists of Fox Sports football experts Simon Hill, Robbie Slater and Adam Peacock along with News Limited writers Marco Monteverde and Val Migliaccio and foxsports.com.au football publisher Huw Bonello.

Who will make a final list of 50?

Gareth Bale, Robin outpost Persie and Luis Suarez were widely deliberate a best players in a joining final season, though do a experts agree?

How did a first-season impacts of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Christian Benteke, Michu, Philippe Coutinho and Lukas Podolski see them transport in a countdown.

And what about a EPL new boys? The likes of Alvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetic, Jesus Navas, Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Andre Schurrle. Do they acquire a place or do they need to infer themselves in a tip moody of English football first?

We start with 50-41 on Monday and name 10 a day until we strech a tip 10 on Friday, a day before a deteriorate kicks off LIVE on Fox Sports.

We’ll run a live blog, with video highlights and amicable media greeting with Adam Peacock during 10:30am (EST), as he gives his take on a cream of a crop.

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Usman Khawaja

Usman Khawaja walks off in a pant after descending plant to nonetheless another dodgy umpiring decision.
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WITH widespread difficulty and innuendo over a use and correctness of a Decision Review System, we’re assimilated by ICC umpires manager Simon Taufel to plead your concerns.

The DRS has hold centre theatre during a Ashes, with a opening of Hot Spot generating many of a headlines.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd tweeted his snub during a preference to give Usman Khawaja out in a third Test while Kevin Pietersen’s exclusion led to accusations – denied by players and a England Cricket Board  - that some are regulating silicon fasten to try and lie a system.

Join us here from 1pm for a discuss with Taufel. You can ask him a doubt by entering it in a criticism box or do so around Twitter during #AskTaufel.

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The reserved Olympian pretends to be happy someone is holding a design of him

The reserved Olympian pretends to be happy someone is holding a design of him
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IT WAS a Canadian accent with a pang of Aussie that give him away. That, and a hostility to enter into a conversation.

Dale Begg-Smith, a puzzling and reserved noble skier who is Australia’s many successful ever winter Olympian, is vital on Grand Cayman Island, a pinch of land in a Caribbean that is a obvious breakwater for a abounding and famous.

Wikipedia's map of a Caymans, with a useful further for your and Dale's benefit.

Wikipedia’s map of a Caymans, with a useful further for your and Dale’s benefit.
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Last month, news.com.au broke a news that Australia’s Olympic chiefs had no suspicion either Begg-Smith designed to contest in subsequent February’s 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Not usually does a Australian Olympic Committee have a red doubt symbol beside Begg-Smith’s name on a using piece of award hopefuls, it doesn’t even know where he is.

“He shows adult when he shows adult and calls when he calls,” is flattering most a story we were given by a AOC, a Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) and Begg-Smith’s long-serving manager Steve Desovich.

So we suspicion we’d call and see if Begg-Smith was means to illuminate us on interest of a 12 million-plus Australian taxpayers whose salary assistance account a Australian Olympic movement.

First we tracked him down. He lives on Grand Cayman Island, one of 3 islands in a Caymans group. The Caymans are a vital offshore financial hub, that is a respectful approach of observant “tax haven”. There is no idea Dale has finished anything wrong, however.

Tax havens like The Caymans are where a rich go to run their businesses and compensate no approach taxation on their income or a increase of their businesses. And Begg-Smith is pronounced to be fabulously wealthy, pleasantness of his business that reportedly designs mechanism spyware.

It was this business that initial sent Begg-Smith to Australia. Canadian winter sports officialdom was unfortunate with a rising skiing star being both businessman and Olympic hopeful. Australian officials welcomed him with open arms, and he shortly became one of us.

Begg-Smith won bullion in a moguls during Torino 2006 and china during Vancouver 2010, when some people suggested he was detrimental after judges noted him intensely harshly. But will he contest in his third Games during Sochi 2014?

Only one approach to find out, so we dialled his 16-digit number. It rang that informed prolonged north American ring. And rang some more. Finally he picked it up.

Dale Begg-Smith is believed to be vital in this hotel/residential complex.

Dale Begg-Smith is believed to be vital in this hotel/residential complex.
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“Hello?” he answered.

“Hi, is that Dale?”

“Who’s this?”

“Dale we wish this is an OK time to call. My name is Anthony, and I’m job from Australia.”


“I’m a former Australian ski instructor and I’m also a contributor for Australia’s largest media association News Corp.”


And that was that.

The Sochi Games are now reduction than 6 months away, and while many Australian Winter Olympians are now training and competing in a southern hemisphere sleet season, Begg-Smith is thousands of kilometres divided from a nearest snowflake.

The National Moguls Championships are on during Perisher subsequent weekend, on a march where Begg-Smith has lerned many times. Three of a world’s tip 10 noble skiers will be there, and while Begg-Smith was creatively on a resort’s list of entrants, it now seems doubtful he will compete.

Begg-Smith is most desired by his teammates, who contend he provides useful recommendation when in camp. Olympic officials sojourn carefree that he will spin adult during Australian training camps in Utah after a southern hemisphere winter. Utah is about 5 hours drifting time from a Caymans.

To be fair, it doesn't demeanour like a misfortune place in a world.

To be fair, it doesn’t demeanour like a misfortune place in a world.
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Last month, Begg-Smith’s manager Steve Desovich rated his assign a 50/50 possibility of competing in Sochi, while OWIA trainer Geoff Lipshut pronounced it was doubtful he’d be there “just since we haven’t seen Dale most lately”.

That creates 23 million of us who haven’t seen most of him. But during slightest we know he’s alive and well.

Anthony Sharwood will cover a 2014 Winter Olympics for news.com.au and News Corp websites and papers. @antsharwood

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Matt Toomua

Matt Toomua runs with a round during a Wallabies training event during North Sydney Oval. Picture: Matt King
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WALLABIES manager Ewen McKenzie has defended both uncapped five-eighths Matt Toomua and Bernard Foley in his trimmed-down 30-man patrol for a opening Bledisloe Cup Test.

McKenzie opted opposite dropping possibly of a play-making pair, who will conflict Quade Cooper for a right to wear a No.10 jersey opposite New Zealand in Sydney on Saturday week.

The manager enclosed Toomua and Foley alongside 6 other intensity Test debutants.

“We don’t need to make a preference publicly about a play-making purpose until one hour before a game,” McKenzie said, penetrating to keep a All Blacks guessing.

Back-rowers Scott Fardy and Jake Schatz, column Scott Sio, harlot Albert Anae, centre Tevita Kuridrani and halfback Nic White are a other players in line to make their Test debuts.

“The existence is not one actor in a stream patrol has carried adult a Bledisloe Cup before, though if they are good adequate over 7 days and dual matches, afterwards this will change,” McKenzie said.

The Wallabies horde a All Blacks in a Rugby Championship opener subsequent Saturday (August 17) during Sydney’s ANZ Stadium, before a lapse strife in Wellington a following weekend (Saturday, Aug 24).

Wallabies 30-man squad: James Horwill (capt), Albert Anae, Ben Alexander, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Quade Cooper, Nick Cummins, Kane Douglas, Saia Faingaa, Scott Fardy, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Liam Gill, Michael Hooper, Sekope Kepu, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealiifano, Ben McCalman, Hugh McMeniman, Jesse Mogg, Stephen Moore, Ben Mowen, James O’Connor, Jake Schatz, Rob Simmons, Scott Sio, James Slipper, Joe Tomane, Matt Toomua, Nic White.

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Southern Stars win World Cup

Australian skipper Jodie Fields binds a prize surrounded by joyous teammates in Mumbai
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THE Ashes might be out of strech for a group though Australia’s women’s group – a Southern Stars – will start favourites in their strife with England.

Here is a list of all a players in a team.

Jodie Fields 29 (QLD) – Captain

Wicketkeeper/RH middle-order bat

Tests: 2 ODI: 64 T20: 34 H/S: 139 (Test)

As good as gripping and captaining, Fields is in good form with a bat. Was a unequivocally good tennis actor when she was younger though chose cricket. Still a large tennis fan.

Nickname: Jacko.

Alex Blackwell 29 (NSW) vice-captain

RH middle-order bat

Tests: 8 ODI: 100 T20: 53 H/S: 106* (ODI)

Capable of building a large innings and a energetic fielder. Works as a genetics counsellor. She and sister Kate are a usually matching twins to have played cricket for Australia.

Nickname: Seal.

Jess Cameron

Jess Cameron scored 39 off 60 balls in a losing bid opposite a West indies.
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Jess Cameron 23 (VIC) – RH top-order bat

Tests: 1 ODI: 39 T20: 44 H/S: 90* (ODI)

Difficult to set a margin against, Cameron plays strokes all around a ground. Also superb in a field. A unequivocally gifted Aussie Rules footballer when she was younger and insane on St Kilda.

Nickname: Sog/Soggy.

Sarah Coyte  22 (NSW)- Bowling all-rounder

Tests: 1 ODI: 18 T20: 21 Best bowling: 4/5 (T20)

Medium pacer who can pitch a ball; also a accessible center to lower-order batter. Resident tech consultant on tour  – has all a cinema and TV array we could ever wish to watch.

Nickname: Coytey.

Sarah Elliott 31 (VIC) – RH top-order batter/RA off-spin bowler

Tests: 1 ODI: 22 T20: 14 H/S: 96 (ODI)

Selected for a four-day Test only, unequivocally plain beat and bowls peculiarity off-spin. Is a initial silent to debate with a team, bringing baby Sam along.

Nickname: Sticksy.

Holly Ferling 17 (QLD) RA quick bowler

Tests: – ODI: 4 T20: -

Best bowling: 3/27 (ODI)

Still during school, her heading is a bouncing badge in her hair. Also a state-level netballer.

Nickname: Ferlo/Bambi.

Rachel Haynes 26 (NSW) LH batter

Tests: 2 ODI: 31 T20: 25 H/S: 98 (Test) Best bowling: 3/10 (ODI)

Opening beat with a ability to play a prolonged innings. Handy left-arm middle gait bowler. She plays cricket left handed, though she’s a right-hander during all else.

Nickname: Desi

Alyssa Healy 23 (NSW)- RH batter/wicketkeeper

Tests: 1 ODI: 12 T20: 30 H/S: 62* (ODI)

A energy hitter, Healy is also an achieved wicketkeeper, that shouldn’t warn given she is a niece of Border-era screw Ian Healy. She’s second in line for gripping duties behind captain Fields. It’s approaching she will be picked as a beat for a T20 matches this series. She’s also a gifted hockey player, she is study sea biology. Partner of associate Ashes traveller Mitchell Starc.

Nickname: Midge

Julie Hunter 29 (VIC) – RA medium-fast bowler

Tests: – ODI: 15 T20: 19 Best bowling: 5/22 (T20)

Can pitch a round both ways and accessible with a bat. Grew adult personification Aussie Rules footy. WARNING – WEIRD FACT: Her conduct is so tiny it fits by a hole in a osteo table.

Nickname: Sniper/Randall.

Jess Jonassen 20 (QLD) – LA off-spin bowler

Tests: – ODI: 8 T20: 13 Best bowling: 3/25 (T20)

Good spin choice and a purify striker of a ball. Studying law during university and also a gifted golfer.

Nickname: JJ

Meg Lanning

Meg Lanning was in high form for a Southern Stars opposite New Zealand, blustering 103 from only 50 balls during North Sydney Oval. Picture: Getty Images
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Meg Lanning 21 (VIC) – RH batter

Tests: – ODI: 22 T20: 29 H/S: 128 (ODI)

Opener who can bat for prolonged durations and get large scores  – like her 104 opposite England A in a debate diversion on Monday. Lanning was new on a inhabitant stage in 2011, and while she was in a patrol for a Ashes Test, she wasn’t comparison in a final team. Her younger sister Anna also plays cricket for a Victorian side VicSpirit. Passionate Sydney Swans fan.

Nickname: Fui.

Erin Osborne 23 (NSW) – Bowling all-rounder (RA off-spin)

Tests: – ODI: 41 T20: 28 H/S: 34 Best bowling: 3/9 (ODI)

The Aussies’ first-choice spinner. Has softened her batting and is also good in a field. Comes from a sporty family: her hermit Sean plays cricket for a ACT Comets, another hermit Troy plays soccer in a US for Chicago Inferno and her grandad Bill was an Australian champion grass bowler.

Nickname: Os

Ellyse Perry 22 (NSW) – RA quick bowling all-rounder

Tests: 3 ODI: 54 T20: 44 H/S: 51 (ODI) Best bowling: 5/19 (ODI)

Opening bowler and a crafty beat – and she plays general soccer for a Matildas. She’s another Sydney Swans fan and is an envoy for a club.

Nickname: Pez.

Megan Schutt 20 (SA) – RA fast-medium bowler

Tests: – ODI: 9 T20: 3 Best bowling: 3/40 (ODI)

Possesses a good in-swinger, Schutt was a heading wicket-taker during this year’s ODI World Cup (15). She likes to roll! You’ll find her on a skateboard or unresolved out during a beach.

Nickname: Shooter.

Elyse Villani 23 (VIC) – RH batter

Tests: – ODI: – T20: 7 H/S: 20 (T20)
A top-order beat who’s a purify striker of a ball. She’s also a motorbike-riding primary propagandize teacher.

Nickname: Junior

Gemma Triscari 23 (WA) – LA fast- middle bowler

Tests: – ODI: – T20: -

A join bowler who was combined to a patrol as a cover bowler. Aside from cricket, Gemma is a good baker. Her speciality is pavlova.

Nickname: Trixie


The English are flattering handy, too.

In 2009 they won both one day and T20 World Cups and they defended a Ashes that same year. Between Apr 2008 and 2013, England won 47 of 67 one-day internationals and 44 of 61 T20 games. But they haven’t won a vital pretension given that period, with Australia convalescent a Ashes in 2011.

The dual Poms many expected to means a Southern Stars pain are captain Charlotte Edwards and gait bowler Katherine Brunt, who had been uneasy by a feet injury.

Edwards, 33, has been captain given 2006. This will be her 20th Test compare and she’s also played 169 ODIs and 63 T20s. Her tip measure in a Test is 117 while she’s scored 173 not out in a one-day match.

Brunt is arguably a best womanlike bowler in a game. She’s now a tip ranked bowler in a ICC rankings.
She’s played 7 Test matches, 70 ODIs and 39 T20 matches. Her best compare total for a Test are 9-111.

Aussie opener Meg Lanning reckons a span has a ability to set a tinge for a side.

“Charlotte Edwards, she unequivocally leads from a front,” Lanning said.

“When she creates runs, everybody arrange of follows.

“In a bowling dialect it’s a identical thing with Katherine Brunt. When she gets wickets early they all get adult and about. They’re dual pivotal players we wish to get on tip of early. we consider that will go a prolonged approach to us removing on tip in a series.”


Ashes Test - Aug 11-14 (Wormsley)

First ODI - Aug 20 (Lord’s)

Second ODI – August 23 (Hove)

Third ODI – Aug 25 (Hove)

First T20 – Aug 27 (Chelmsford)

Second T20 – Aug 29 (Southampton)

Third T20 – Aug 31 (Durham)

(Double-header with Australia v England men’s T20 diversion to follow)

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Mick Potter

Besieged Wests Tigers manager Mick Potter has been corroborated to stay on by captain Robbie Farah. Source: Daily Telegraph.
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I wish Mick Potter is my manager subsequent season.

He has my support and he contingency have a support of a personification organisation since no one has pronounced anything to me.

Since fasten us during a finish of a 2012 season, Mick’s had a formidable assignment from a start.

Our injuries haven’t done it easy for anyone here though we’re not regulating that as an excuse.

It’s tough to decider him on this year. Coming over from England, it’s been unequivocally tough for him.

It’s tough to make a changes we wish to during a football bar while traffic with a hurdles he has had to.

I know a pursuit has been formidable for him though he deserves to get a possibility subsequent year to infer he should be here longer.

Mick Potter

Mick Potter with star actor and Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah. Picture: Gregg Porteous. Source: Daily Telegraph.

Unfortunately football is a business and it doesn’t always finish adult that way. It’s all about success.

That’s rugby league. That’s veteran sport.

We, a players, all need to take tenure of that too.

He’s underneath vigour since we haven’t achieved as a team. We haven’t been winning footy games.

Mick is a coach, though he doesn’t go out on a margin or make a tackles or make a mistakes we’ve been making.

We need to win footy games to take a vigour off him.

I have a unequivocally good attribute with Mick. we was in his bureau yesterday only creation certain he’s alright since we know it’s been a flattering stressful week for him.

It’s been a unequivocally formidable week for him and everybody during a club.

It’s quite tough to see good people like Steve Georgallis and Royce Simmons pierce on.

Roycey has been my manager right from when we started out and detached from Tim Sheens has had a many change on my career as a player.

He’s a chairman we pronounce to a lot. Confide in a lot.

During Origin a integrate of months ago, Roycey gave me a call and wanted to locate adult for a coffee and he pronounced he wanted to tell me before it got out that he’d motionless to pierce on from a bar and that he had a pursuit during Penrith.

I reputable that, as unhappy as we am that he’s not going to be during a club.

I adore a man as a mate. we only wish him to do a best for himself.

It’s a same for Georgey. I’ve famous for a while he wanted to pierce and was looking for jobs elsewhere, to a indicate where he has me as a anxiety for him.

He’ll be a damn good coach. And we still consider Mick can infer he is one too.

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Sam Stosur

Samantha Stosur’s seven-match winning strain came to a crashing hindrance in Toronto during a hands of Petra Kvitova.
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FORMER Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has snapped Samantha Stosur’s seven-match winning strain to energy into a quarter-finals of a Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Sixth-seeded Kvitova downed 12th-seeded Stosur 6-3 6-3 in a third-round showdown of dual 2011 grand impact champions.

World No.1 Serena Williams eased into a quarter-finals in true sets, while stomach problems sent Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli crashing out on Thursday.

Two-time leader Williams avenged an progressing detriment by her sister, Venus, to Kirsten Flipkens by routing a Belgian 6-0 6-3 in a third-round compare during a $US2.4 million ($A2.65 million) contest during a Rexall Centre stadium.

Flipkens, a warn semi-finalist during Wimbledon, suspended Venus Williams 0-6 6-4 6-2 in a initial round.

Williams, a reigning US Open and French Open champ, won this contest in 2001 and 2011 and was a runner-up in 2000.

The American bloody 10 aces, had only one double error and mislaid only one indicate on her second offer in a 56-minute match.

Williams moves on to a quarter-finals where she subsequent faces Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova.

French star Bartoli late when trailing Rybarikova 7-6 (7-5) 1-0.

Last week Rybarikova prisoner her second uninterrupted Washington crown.

Third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska dispatched 14th-seeded American Sloane Stephens 6-1 7-6 (7-2) and fourth-seeded Chinese star Li Na rallied to kick former universe No.1 Ana Ivanovic 3-6 6-1 7-6 (7-5).

Former French Open champ Li battled behind from 5-2 down in a third set to kick Ivanovic.

“At a start of a second set, we began attack a turn into a justice more,” pronounced Li.

“If we played a small bit soft, she was assertive a lot.”

Li pronounced it became a conflict of rubbing so she only kept being aggressive.

“I was only perplexing to see if we could spin it around, and I’m happy we was means to. Sometimes we can’t play your best, though we only hang in there until a end,” pronounced Li, who mislaid to Kvitova in final year’s Rogers Cup final.

Fifth-seeded Italian Sara Errani outlasted France’s Alize Cornet 7-5 7-6 (7-3). Errani will accommodate 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Radwanska in a spin of a eight.

Romanian Sorana Cirstea astounded 15th-seeded Serb Jelena Jankovic 6-3 6-4.

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Sydney FC

Daniel Petkowski (L) of Sydney FC in movement during a pre-season accessible compare between Udinese Calcio and Sydney FC during Stadio Comunale Picchi on Aug 8, 2013 in Jesolo, Italy.
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DEFENDER Pascal Bosschaart has done a successful lapse from a nine-month lay off with a feet damage in Sydney FC’s 5-3 win over a Udinese Prima Vera patrol on their pre-season Italian tour.

Former Feyenoord star Bosschaart played 60 mins in a feat putting a calamity A-League deteriorate behind him.

Two goals any to strikers Mitch Mallia and Joel Chianese led a approach for a Sky Blues with trialist Manuel Marschel a other idea scorer.

At Stadio Comunale Picchi in Jesolo, a strand city around 50km north of Venice, before 3,502 fans, Sky Blues manager Frank Farina rotated his patrol with players who did not underline in a detriment to Serie B outfit Padova a night before.

The spirit boosting feat was Sydney’s initial of a tour.

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Mitchell Starc

No, Mitchell Starc won’t be regulating this distance round in Durham.
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Australia captain Michael Clarke says his side are looking to gain on what they feel was winning movement from a third test.

News Corp arch cricket author Malcolm Conn speaks with associate contributor John Etheridge of ‘The Sun’ about a conditions for a Fourth Test.

Former Aussie paceman Stuart Clark previews a fourth Ashes Test and shares his thoughts on a Hot Spot debate slaying a series.

CAN Australia, buoyed by their opening in Manchester, finally lift off a feat when a Ashes array travels to Durham for a fourth Test?


AUSTRALIA finished all a using during Old Trafford, nonetheless was denied a decent shot during feat by a soppy weather.

The tourists are doing a lot of things right. They measure faster than England; their bowlers have finished their pursuit welland share their bowling effort improved than England and managed to keep vital players Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott very, really quiet.

Yet still Australia can’t win.

Of vital regard is that England has a larger range for alleviation from a third Test. Trott, Cook and Jimmy Anderson all had bad matches in Manchester. When they fire, Australia is in difficulty and such is their peculiarity they won’t be down for long.


ENGLAND has won all 4 Tests during Chester-le-Street, nonetheless a peculiarity of antithesis has been poor  Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and West Indies twice.

Fast bowlers have enjoyed a belligerent with Steve Harmison (16 wickets @ 23.2), Anderson (15 wickets @ 14.0) and Matthew Hoggard (13 @ 14.1) a many successful bowlers in Tests during a ground. Monty Panesar, a walking fire-hydrant, is subsequent on a list with 6 scalps during 13.3 each from his one Test during a venue opposite West Indies.

Another dry and organisation aspect has been prepared, one that is certain to support England’s Graeme Swann, a series’ heading wicket-taker with 19.

The continue won’t assistance a representation crumble, with a tip heat doubtful to strech 20C during a Test.
Some showers are expected, nonetheless a foresee cloud cover will be a seamers’ biggest ally.

Chester-Le-Street forecast

Today: Morning showers. Max 19C

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. Max 17C

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Max 17C

Monday: Scattered showers. Max 17C

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Max 18C


The settlement of a array is flattering clear. Every representation is bone dry to assist England’s large advantage -  Swann – while also numbing Australia’s categorical arms – their quick bowling attack.

Win a toss and bat is a sequence of a day, each day.

Stumps scores day one:

Trent Bridge: England 215 Australia 4-75
Lord’s: England 7-289
Old Trafford: Australia 3-303

The usually opening day that went opposite a pellet was during Trent Bridge and it was no warn that a scores were influenced by a day of complicated cloud cover.

Expect a group batting initial to post a first-innings measure of during slightest 350, with a usually supplement being that such a measure competence not be achieved if it’s cloudy and a round swings.

Batting on a balmy day one is Australia’s best possibility of removing brazen in a diversion in a identical conform to Old Trafford.


Was a third Test an misconception or a loyal thoughtfulness that a opening between a dual teams is narrowing?

Australia was sad during Lord’s on a behind of a three-day break. It needs to uncover some-more majority with a identical turnaround here.

England looked sleepy in Manchester. It has already played dual Tests opposite New Zealand this northern summer, a Champions Trophy and now a Ashes. Those who play both Tests and one-dayers like Cook, Trott, Anderson, Joe Root and Stuart Broad gave small final Test. Can they rebound?

Ryan Harris’s fitness. He’s been glorious (11 wickets during 18.0 apiece) in partnership with Peter Siddle (16 wickets @ 21.7).

But back-to-back Tests harm his body. It would be a vital blow should he miss, even nonetheless Jackson Bird looks a some-more than means Test bowler.

It’s mocking that Australia’s batsmen onslaught to broach consistently, nonetheless it’s a bowling choice that frequently changes notwithstanding it being a clever indicate of Michael Clarke’s team.

Clarke finished 217 runs for once out in Manchester as Australia finished 699 runs for a game. Can Australia flower if Clarke has an normal or bad match? We doubt it.

Chris Rogers and Steven Smith have shown enlivening signs, nonetheless a vigour will always be on Clarke to lead from a front until others start creation unchanging centuries.

David Warner looked good with a quickfire 41 during Old Trafford. Wouldn’t it be poetic if he punched out a hastily ton!


THE continue will meddle during some point, nonetheless it doesn’t demeanour as melancholy as Manchester where a day’s play was mislaid overall.

So a outcome looks on a cards.

Await a toss and a demeanour during a opening day’s weather. Should a batting group suffer prolonged durations of transparent sky, afterwards a bowling side is expected to onslaught and their contingency lengthen.

That could open adult betting opportunities.

Cloud cover on day one should advantage a seamers, see wickets tumble and a pull deposit out of a equation.

TAB odds

England $2; Draw $3.40; Australia $3.60.

If Australia bats initial we should be means to get tighten to $3 England on day one – a good cost on a favourite.

An Australian cost around $6 would also be tempting, nonetheless a $3.60 is distant too brief for a side that has not won in their past 7 attempts.

Rogers is flourishing in certainty and represents value during $5.50 (TAB) to be a tip scorer in Australia’s initial innings. Clarke is again favourite during $3.50.

Kevin Pietersen loves a limelight and after a Hot Spot failure of new days it wouldn’t warn to see his ripping form continue and be England’s tip scorer in a initial innings ($4.40 TAB). He’s distant improved value than an out-of-form Jonathan Trott during a same price.


Can’t go past England, unfortunately.

Australia’s opening in Manchester was rarely encouraging, nonetheless Clarke’s side has nonetheless to arrangement consistency.
Another clever display here would be a large step brazen for a lapse Ashes series.

It would not warn to see Australia be a some-more assertive of a dual teams in an try to continue a Old Trafford trend, nonetheless certainly Anderson hits behind during a belligerent during that he has an considerable record.

And afterwards there is Swann …

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DRS Ashes

Alastair Cook calls for a examination during a stream Ashes series.
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INDIA will accept a Decision Review System usually when it becomes “foolproof”, India’s tip cricket director says.

India was partial of a first-ever Test array featuring a DRS in Sri Lanka 5 years ago though has against a complement of referrals to a radio umpire.

Jagmohan Dalmiya, who’s a boss of Board of Control for Cricket in India, says he’s not assured about a accuracy.

“We will accept DRS when record is foolproof,” Dalmiya told The Indian Express newspaper. “There’s zero in between.”

Dalmiya pronounced he was not certain when a complement would turn perfect.

“Let them come adult with a complement that is 100 per cent correct,” he said.

“They couldn’t repair a Duckworth-Lewis problem in 15 years, what pledge do we have about an error-free DRS?

“The Duckworth-Lewis routine is over many of a players and administrators, let alone a common fans.”

The Duckworth-Lewis complement revises targets in box of sleet interruptions during limited-overs games.

“I’m still perplexing to figure out how a group sum is increasing on a basement of projection,” he said.

“The whole routine is really difficult and confusing. And rather than elucidate a riddle, DRS creates some-more difficulty in a benefaction form.”

And Dalmiya, a former authority of a International Cricket Council, says India was not removed on DRS during a ICC annual discussion this year.

The DRS has been underneath inspection with some quarrelsome decisions during a past few seasons, including in a ongoing Ashes Ashes array in England.

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