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What does Hugh Jackman have to do with cricket? Er, good question, actually. But he is a fan, and thus Cricket Australia have enlisted his help to count down to the first ball of the Ashes series.
There are 50 days left until until the contest kicks off at the Gabba and Jackman, in a video message on the CA website, says the wait is agonising. "It's kind of like watching the English bat, really," he says, "just waiting for something to happen."
He's pretty confident the urn will return to Australian hands. But if they don't regain the prize, a few of their players could become ex-men.
Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets hereFeeds: Brydon Coverdale
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