Ashes October 9, 2006

McGrath's whitewash spin all too predictable

Another Ashes, another 5-0 prediction in Australia's favour. The fact that his 4-0 forecast - Glenn McGrath felt the weather would claim one Test - for the 2005 Ashes backfired horribly hasn't stopped him from talking up Australia's chances again. Read Patrick Kidd's view on it in The Times.

Beware the man who talks up his side — it suggests he is nervous. Remember Sven- Göran Eriksson’s prediction before the World Cup finals this summer that his England football team were going to come back from Germany with the trophy?

Meanwhile Chloe Saltau went to practise with the Bushrangers. Read her account of an eventful session in The Age

You can imagine my horror when I see Fitzy limbering up at the nets. There are a couple of other women around the world who bowl just as fast these days, but when she charges in and strikes former Melbourne footballer David Schwarz high on the body, I know she's still dangerous.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo