Ashes 2009 July 30, 2009

Warne deals up Ashes defeat

At 1-0 down, Australia would love to have Shane Warne in their Ashes squad. Instead, he's been beating up on England at the card table. An Australian team led by Warne beat an England team led by Darren Gough in the inaugural Poker Ashes.

Warne's team featured Dean Jones, Damien Martyn, Jeff Thomson and some online qualifiers, while Gough had in his corner Darren Gough, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Matthew Hoggard, Robert Key, Min Patel, Gladstone Small and Peter Such. Australia won 3-1.

And as the result of a side bet between the captains, Gough spent the first day of the Edgbaston Test at the ground in an Australian shirt. “Goughie’s been a good sport," Warne said, "but you would think that he would know by now not to back himself against an Aussie."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here