Invitational XI v England XI, Tour match, SCG November 12, 2013

Pietersen fit for final warm-up

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Kevin Pietersen has been passed fit to play England's final warm-up match against an Invitational XI in Sydney following the cortisone injection he received to his right knee on Sunday.

Pietersen has only faced 10 deliveries in competitive cricket on the tour so far having sat out the opening match in Perth before falling lbw to Trent Copeland against Australia A. Even though he has rarely been a player to put huge value in warm-up matches - and particularly the runs scored - it is certainly a meagre volume of time to have spent in the middle before the first Test of an Ashes series.

He and the rest of the England team were forced to train indoors again at the SCG on Tuesday as the rain, which has hampered their preparations, continued to linger over Sydney although the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday is much improved.

However, England's opposition is getting weaker after batsman Adam Voges and left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe were withdrawn from the side. Voges is suffering from a back problem while O'Keefe has been added to the New South Wales squad for their Sheffield Shield match.

Neither will England be at full strength with Matt Prior ruled out due to the calf strain he suffered against Australia A and which has left him doubtful for the first Test. Jonny Baristow will take his place and could yet find himself back in the heat of Test match battle after seemingly being left with endless 12th man duties.

Michael Clarke, relaxed and in good humour as Australia named their 12-man squad for the Gabba, used his press conference to 'announce' the England team saying he was convinced about the XI that will take the field. He listed the top seven including Michael Carberry as opener and Joe Root at No. 6, picked Prior (so the Australian captain is clearly confident over his fitness) and named Chris Tremlett as the third seamer.

"Now he [Cook] doesn't exactly know that yet but I know that's the eleven that is going to take the field in the first test so we can start our preparations as of today," Clarke said with a big grin. "I'm very confident that will be the eleven that England will play."

There is a good chance he will be proved correct about Tremlett after he faced Australia A while both Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin were left out. One chance could remain, most likely for Finn, to stake a last-minute claim for selection if England opt to rest James Anderson who has been the most impressive of the quicks in the build-up.

Three years ago Finn was a certain starter in the opening Test and took 6 for 125 in first innings before being dropped after the Perth Test which ended a run of 11 Tests. Since then he has appeared 12 times during what is becoming a stop-start career.

He was wayward against the Western Australian XI, conceding more than five runs an over through the match, and admitted it had left him playing catch up if he wanted to reclaim the Test place he lost after the opening Test of the series in England earlier this year.

"Perth wasn't ideal for me; I didn't bowl particularly well. But I thought I got better as the game went on," he said. "I've had some good nets since then. It's just about transferring that into the middle.''

"Going at five an over, still, in the second innings wasn't great. "That wasn't ideal for me. But I've put that under the carpet now; I've moved on and hope I've learned from that. I'm still a little bit of a way off. The proof of the pudding will be performances in the middle."

Possible England XI 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Michael Carberry, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Joe Root, 7 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Chris Tremlett, 11 Steven Finn

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • VillageBlacksmith on November 13, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    a very ordinary day after an ok start against a weak side… cook needs to replicate the same intensity inspired by strauss last visit… and quick… now the walking wkts of koala and hughes have gone that only leaves a couple and so eng will need to up their game immediately …

  • on November 13, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Sorry in that last comment; I meant to say Anderson and Broad and not Finn and Broad. With no disrespect; Australia seem to like Finn's bowling.

  • on November 13, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    England are still very dangerous even if Finn and Broad are the only ones bowling well. I have a feeling Australia will need some stubborn partnerships to counter those 2; but once (and if) they do get through those 2 there should be plenty of runs for the taking with their 3rd seamer. Australia's middle order are quite well equipped to deal with Swan as they showed in the latter half of the series.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Looks-Silly-Now on November 13, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Should be an interesting test series. You have to wonder if giving England weak warm up competition and bouncy pitches will backfire on Australia. All it will do is fire them up knowing that Cricket Australia has tried to make things difficult for them.

  • milepost on November 13, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Serial denialists say this was a good day? England got smashed from 5/pretty-much-nothing, again. Finn going at nearly 4 an over, again. England failing to dismiss a mediocre batting lineup, again. Sounds like a good day. Hopefully they bat all day tomorrow and they spend the following two days playing cards in the sheds. I want a fair test series but I'm pretty tired of some of theses rediculous English comments, albeit them in the ninority. Do you mean to be annoying or are you in denial of that too lol?

  • RoBoBobster on November 13, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    These mind games seem to have worked - England pick Rankin and Finn, and not Tremlett because of it

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 13, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Finally England get a wicket that bounces above the knee roll, seriously when was the last time, UAE no, saffers at home last year maybe, India no, home last ashes no, Tasmania no and for the life of me they bowl, sure they are looking for a third seamer, but with Anderson, Broad and swans experience surly giving the rookie opener and rookie keeper along with out of form Trott and injured Pietersen a bat..... instructions for the invitation 11... bat all day again tomorrow please.

  • millsy24 on November 13, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Front-Foot-Lunge Do you think they will be that happy. They had this 2nd string team at 5/93 and they are now 5/271 at stumps. The only bowler that looked good was Broad. Finn bowled garbage, Rankin was better than him though. Swann looked totally ineffective but our pitches aren't going to be prepared for him as they were in the recent Ashes. They should have had these guys out way before now. In saying that though, it will be interesting to see how the bowling attack goes. Totally inexperienced against international cricketers.

  • Beertjie on November 13, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Thanks for the weather forecast, @Joseph Langford on (November 12, 2013, 20:03 GMT). Maybe Tremlett mightn't be a bad bet as third seamer given the conditions. Finn is like MJ - likely to leak too many and Cook would prefer to count upon guaranteed pressure from his 4 bowlers. Leaving Lyon out might be Clarke's best option if Watto won't bowl, given the kind of pitch it's likely to be. Accuracy from Ryano, Sidds and Faulkner with MJ the tear-away. Faulkner's batting at 8 might also be quite handy. So to answer you @ Englishfan on (November 12, 2013, 20:37 GMT), England will give Oz trouble on a green top, but I saw Clarke play a fabulous 151 against Steyn, Philander, Morkel and Kallis on a similar green top at Newlands 2 years ago. He may never again reach those giddy heights, but there is enough guts in the present line-up to fight it out and win (as they did v SA in the Wanderers test following the 47 all out disaster for which that Newlands game is mostly remembered). Bring it on!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on November 13, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Just the practice England were hoping for. Broad with top figures, Finn joining him. Anderson rested as both sets of fans know all too well what he does day in day out. England will be very pleased with today.

  • VillageBlacksmith on November 13, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    a very ordinary day after an ok start against a weak side… cook needs to replicate the same intensity inspired by strauss last visit… and quick… now the walking wkts of koala and hughes have gone that only leaves a couple and so eng will need to up their game immediately …

  • on November 13, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Sorry in that last comment; I meant to say Anderson and Broad and not Finn and Broad. With no disrespect; Australia seem to like Finn's bowling.

  • on November 13, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    England are still very dangerous even if Finn and Broad are the only ones bowling well. I have a feeling Australia will need some stubborn partnerships to counter those 2; but once (and if) they do get through those 2 there should be plenty of runs for the taking with their 3rd seamer. Australia's middle order are quite well equipped to deal with Swan as they showed in the latter half of the series.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Looks-Silly-Now on November 13, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Should be an interesting test series. You have to wonder if giving England weak warm up competition and bouncy pitches will backfire on Australia. All it will do is fire them up knowing that Cricket Australia has tried to make things difficult for them.

  • milepost on November 13, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Serial denialists say this was a good day? England got smashed from 5/pretty-much-nothing, again. Finn going at nearly 4 an over, again. England failing to dismiss a mediocre batting lineup, again. Sounds like a good day. Hopefully they bat all day tomorrow and they spend the following two days playing cards in the sheds. I want a fair test series but I'm pretty tired of some of theses rediculous English comments, albeit them in the ninority. Do you mean to be annoying or are you in denial of that too lol?

  • RoBoBobster on November 13, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    These mind games seem to have worked - England pick Rankin and Finn, and not Tremlett because of it

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 13, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Finally England get a wicket that bounces above the knee roll, seriously when was the last time, UAE no, saffers at home last year maybe, India no, home last ashes no, Tasmania no and for the life of me they bowl, sure they are looking for a third seamer, but with Anderson, Broad and swans experience surly giving the rookie opener and rookie keeper along with out of form Trott and injured Pietersen a bat..... instructions for the invitation 11... bat all day again tomorrow please.

  • millsy24 on November 13, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Front-Foot-Lunge Do you think they will be that happy. They had this 2nd string team at 5/93 and they are now 5/271 at stumps. The only bowler that looked good was Broad. Finn bowled garbage, Rankin was better than him though. Swann looked totally ineffective but our pitches aren't going to be prepared for him as they were in the recent Ashes. They should have had these guys out way before now. In saying that though, it will be interesting to see how the bowling attack goes. Totally inexperienced against international cricketers.

  • Beertjie on November 13, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Thanks for the weather forecast, @Joseph Langford on (November 12, 2013, 20:03 GMT). Maybe Tremlett mightn't be a bad bet as third seamer given the conditions. Finn is like MJ - likely to leak too many and Cook would prefer to count upon guaranteed pressure from his 4 bowlers. Leaving Lyon out might be Clarke's best option if Watto won't bowl, given the kind of pitch it's likely to be. Accuracy from Ryano, Sidds and Faulkner with MJ the tear-away. Faulkner's batting at 8 might also be quite handy. So to answer you @ Englishfan on (November 12, 2013, 20:37 GMT), England will give Oz trouble on a green top, but I saw Clarke play a fabulous 151 against Steyn, Philander, Morkel and Kallis on a similar green top at Newlands 2 years ago. He may never again reach those giddy heights, but there is enough guts in the present line-up to fight it out and win (as they did v SA in the Wanderers test following the 47 all out disaster for which that Newlands game is mostly remembered). Bring it on!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on November 13, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Just the practice England were hoping for. Broad with top figures, Finn joining him. Anderson rested as both sets of fans know all too well what he does day in day out. England will be very pleased with today.

  • on November 13, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    As we speak,Finn has more wickets on the tour than his two rivals combined. He also has 90 Test wickets at a strike rate of 48 balls-ok,he has had a few problems of late-but i cant see what the other two would offer that is better. Finn is also younger at 24-Rankin nearly 30 and Tremlett is 32 and has a career littered with injuries-be amazed if he was picked for first test. Perhaps we should be more concerned about the batting?

  • disco_bob on November 13, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    @FFL, watching Lyon best Pietersen was one of the highlights of the last Ashes encounter, why would Australians not wish to see that again?

  • jmcilhinney on November 12, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    Given that Tremlett is not playing the current game in Sydney and both Finn and Rankin are, Clarke might need to rethink his plans a tiny bit.

  • dunger.bob on November 12, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    I'm not sure what Clarke was trying to do by naming the Eng XI. Beats the crap out of me actually. My guess is that it was more of a conversational piece than any sort of attempt at mind games. I certainly hope so because as a verbal tactic it's useless.

    Anyway, it's good to see Pietersen on the mend. .. despite what people think, we actually love a brilliant opponent here and for most of us KP fits the bill.

    The weather's always flakey this time of year so I hope we get a full match in this final warm up. .. I wonder if the openers will bat all day this time around if the opportunity arises.

  • c_Marsh_b_Lillee on November 12, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    I am surprised to see Steven Finn practicing his bowling with only the centre stump inserted at the non-striker's end. Sometimes near enough is not good enough.

  • HatsforBats on November 12, 2013, 23:41 GMT

    Wow, this CA Invitational XI is the weakest side put out yet! Hopefully England have been working hard in the nets cause they've had zero competition in the middle.

  • Dafffid on November 12, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    "Interesting that Clarke feels the need to play mind games - an obvious sign of an insecure person with an inferiority complex." What? Like Mohammad Ali, or Fernando Alonso, or Alex Ferguson or any of the other mind-game masters - don't see much insecurity or sense of inferiority in any of that lot They might not be getting to Cook, but they're certainly getting to some of the England fans...

  • jayg24 on November 12, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    Hey 200ondebut, you think playing mind games is a sign of insecurity or someone with an inferiority complex?.......tell that to Sir Alex Ferguson who played mind games all the time and was a superior manager and had a superior record with Manu compared to any other team in the premiership... Duhhhh.

  • Greatest_Game on November 12, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    I like the Ashes, neither because it features Poms vs Aussies - as a Saffa I'm obliged to have a low opinion of both - nor because of the hyperbolic media coverage, scrutinising, everything from player's diets to the Wags' fashion finesse.

    I like the Ashes even though the cricket can be awfully dismal - I'm hard pressed to describe round 1 as a gripping display of breathtaking athleticism as two giants grappled in titanic battle.

    Nope - I like the Ashes because I can follow, & occasionally join, the generally level headed, informative & sensible conversation here. I like these conversations because they ARE about cricket, & not dominated by vulgar nationalistic rancor, as are 'some others.'

    I live in the USA, a sporting & cultural backwater. My wife & daughters shudder at my outbursts of cricket lingo. I pop down to the 7-11 to talk cricket with Mohammed, Mohammed, & Mohammed. (Absolute truth, I swear!)

    My time here is well spent. Thank you for the good company, friends.

  • Nutcutlet on November 12, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    Like the majority of Eng supporters, it's the choice of 3rd seamer that I find most intriguing. Clarke may have called that one correctly in naming Tremlett, but why? As 2MikeGattings has already remarked, it well may be that Flower & Cook like what they've seen in the nets, but there is, I think, some other factors that put CT ahead of Rankin & Finn. First, there's the indefinable quality of trust. Rankin is an unknown quantity at Test level & to throw him in for his debut at the Gabba is a gamble that Lehmann, were positions reversed, would probably find unable to resist, but rolling the dice is something that England doesn't do. And then there's Steve Finn. Now, if there's one facet of Finn's bowling that's a general concern, it's the stat that he goes for nearer 4 than 3 (3.65; SR of 48.3) whilst CT is under 3 rpo (2.92) & his av. also compares favourably: 26.75, compared with SF's 29.4. If it is CT, then it's the safer option. NB: Eng is always most vulnerable early in a series.

  • on November 12, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Tremlett? Why? What's he done for goodness sake? So down on pace that their are lads in veteran (over 45) club cricket hitting the deck harder. So many balls under 75mph in the last warm-up. That's Derek Underwood pace! He doesn't swing it and at that pace he's not going to get much seam movement either. It would be a disaster to pick him.

  • CodandChips on November 12, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    @Joseph Langford thanks for the weather forecast. I agree that green pitches would be a challenge for some of our batsmen if Harris stays fit and Johnson finds his radar and pace.

    But do you not agree that the inexperienced and still slightly unsettled Aussie lineup could also be caused problems on green pitches by Anderson, Broad and Rankin (or whoever- hopefully not Tremlett)

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on November 12, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    Awesome! We are now one big blob of condescending yankness, being an England supporter would be much easier without those who bring disrepute to our name!

  • on November 12, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    Does anyone know what state the captain for the Australian Team and around half of the players on the Australian Team come from?? That's right .... NSW!!!!

    @ FFL .... as stated in a previous post, latest weather forecasts indicate that it will be raining for the next 7-days in Brisbane, so I think that the pitch will be a nice green top. I don't care who you are ..... if Harris and Johnson have their line and length right the English batsmen will be surely and sorely tested. Even more so if they don't play a spinner.

  • milepost on November 12, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    Ha ha @optic are you stalking @wonderstar1, it sure looks like it! So much for you giving lectures on stalking. @FFL, cricket fans want Pieterson playing, he's box office. The others you mention, well yawn.....

  • 200ondebut on November 12, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Interesting that Clarke feels the need to play mind games - an obvious sign of an insecure person with an inferiority complex.

    It is rather bizarre that they are only just starting their preparations now. I think anyone could guess the side England will put out and I would have thought that they would know all about them by now. They are after all primarily the same side that has stuffed them three times on the trott.

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 12, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    All the drama and hoopla created by the British press was unbearable. It seems KP is fit after all. I expect Matt Prior to recover just in time for the 1st test as well given he has a history of not missing any test matches. Typical British tabloid and media nonsense as always; blowing things out of proportions for no reason.

  • Optic on November 12, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Great news that KP is fit enough to play the next tour game, just need to get Prior fit and we'll be good to go.

    @ wonderstar1 Got anything else to say, I've seen exactly the same thing posted by you at least 3 times. These overhyped England players have won 3 Ashes back to back and haven't lost a test match in 13 games including an away series win against india. How does that compare to you're shower if England are so overhyped. What happens if they win again, are you gonna take it like a man.

  • DoGoOn on November 12, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Hmmm. All the mind games and distractions are looking increasingly feeble. Very much like Clarke's captaincy in general - it's all neat tricks and no genuine substance. Do you think England are in any way bothered by this stuff? They've won 3 in a row, 4 out of 5, and some of these guys have never lost a series to Australia. That's the kind of psychological buttressing that's going to take a bit more than a funky press conference and a snide remark about mung bean curry to undo. You could have named the great Aussie and West Indian teams 6 weeks before the series and they'd still have battered you. England are obviously not at that level, but they have a strong and experienced core who know how to win Ashes series.

    Still... the Aussies do have Mitchell Johnson so I'm sure that will all work out FINE for them.

  • JG2704 on November 12, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    None of the lankies have covered themselves in glory (albeit not having many opportunities) so far on the tour but surely Rankin has been the best of the 3 and at least deserves a spot in the 3rd warm up match. Personally I would have rested Jimmy from the 2nd game (Rankin playing) and played him in this game but then again we'd not have got to see much of Irish Lanky in the 2nd game. Irish Lanky must play - for sure.If they want to look equally at all 3 they'd play Rankin and Finn in this game - then each will have had 2 games

  • 2MikeGattings on November 12, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    If Tremlett gets picked it must be they like the look of him in the nets, because I haven't seen any form that says he is back anywhere near his best. I would pick Rankin.

    Cook evidently hasn't schooled Clarke enough in the virtues of being predictable, so we can probably look forward to more Aussie batting orders drawn from a hat.

    But I've always liked the look of George Bailey, he reminds me of Paul Collingwood.

  • CodandChips on November 12, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Disagree with the article's team for the warm up. Cook and Flower will give Rankin a game. I also don't believe at all that Clarke thinks Tremlett will play. I think it's some kind of Aussie mind games. But, Tremlett did play surprisingly last match, although I reckon it's because he needs an extra game (or 7) to get up to speed.

  • wonderstar1 on November 12, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Time for Australia to show these overhyped poms their true place. @FFL are you listening?

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on November 12, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    The news every Aussie was dreading: Pieterson fit and ready to play the first test. There again, England have a fit Cook, Anderson, Root, Bell, Trott, Broad etc (need I go on!) The build up is looking quite similar to all those Ashes of recent years, isn't it?

  • kirands on November 12, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Mr, Torbjorn Swenson, please read the article properly before you comment. England are planning to rest Jimmy Anderson from the warm-up match, not the first Test. They are not so crazy as to rest their number One fast bowler from a Test match.

  • on November 12, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Come on! England might feel pretty Confident about this Ashes campain. But surely not that Confident that they would rest Jimmy for the first test?

  • Charlie101 on November 12, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    I take it as a real plus and a compliment that our side is so settled and transparent . Clarke may however be wrong about Tremlet as Rankin may get the nod.

    The Aussie selectors have also gone for stability for once and it does not look as if there will be any left field selections like Ashton Agar though it will be tough for Bailey to make his test debut in the heat and pressure of an Ashes series.

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  • Charlie101 on November 12, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    I take it as a real plus and a compliment that our side is so settled and transparent . Clarke may however be wrong about Tremlet as Rankin may get the nod.

    The Aussie selectors have also gone for stability for once and it does not look as if there will be any left field selections like Ashton Agar though it will be tough for Bailey to make his test debut in the heat and pressure of an Ashes series.

  • on November 12, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Come on! England might feel pretty Confident about this Ashes campain. But surely not that Confident that they would rest Jimmy for the first test?

  • kirands on November 12, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Mr, Torbjorn Swenson, please read the article properly before you comment. England are planning to rest Jimmy Anderson from the warm-up match, not the first Test. They are not so crazy as to rest their number One fast bowler from a Test match.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on November 12, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    The news every Aussie was dreading: Pieterson fit and ready to play the first test. There again, England have a fit Cook, Anderson, Root, Bell, Trott, Broad etc (need I go on!) The build up is looking quite similar to all those Ashes of recent years, isn't it?

  • wonderstar1 on November 12, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Time for Australia to show these overhyped poms their true place. @FFL are you listening?

  • CodandChips on November 12, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Disagree with the article's team for the warm up. Cook and Flower will give Rankin a game. I also don't believe at all that Clarke thinks Tremlett will play. I think it's some kind of Aussie mind games. But, Tremlett did play surprisingly last match, although I reckon it's because he needs an extra game (or 7) to get up to speed.

  • 2MikeGattings on November 12, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    If Tremlett gets picked it must be they like the look of him in the nets, because I haven't seen any form that says he is back anywhere near his best. I would pick Rankin.

    Cook evidently hasn't schooled Clarke enough in the virtues of being predictable, so we can probably look forward to more Aussie batting orders drawn from a hat.

    But I've always liked the look of George Bailey, he reminds me of Paul Collingwood.

  • JG2704 on November 12, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    None of the lankies have covered themselves in glory (albeit not having many opportunities) so far on the tour but surely Rankin has been the best of the 3 and at least deserves a spot in the 3rd warm up match. Personally I would have rested Jimmy from the 2nd game (Rankin playing) and played him in this game but then again we'd not have got to see much of Irish Lanky in the 2nd game. Irish Lanky must play - for sure.If they want to look equally at all 3 they'd play Rankin and Finn in this game - then each will have had 2 games

  • DoGoOn on November 12, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Hmmm. All the mind games and distractions are looking increasingly feeble. Very much like Clarke's captaincy in general - it's all neat tricks and no genuine substance. Do you think England are in any way bothered by this stuff? They've won 3 in a row, 4 out of 5, and some of these guys have never lost a series to Australia. That's the kind of psychological buttressing that's going to take a bit more than a funky press conference and a snide remark about mung bean curry to undo. You could have named the great Aussie and West Indian teams 6 weeks before the series and they'd still have battered you. England are obviously not at that level, but they have a strong and experienced core who know how to win Ashes series.

    Still... the Aussies do have Mitchell Johnson so I'm sure that will all work out FINE for them.

  • Optic on November 12, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Great news that KP is fit enough to play the next tour game, just need to get Prior fit and we'll be good to go.

    @ wonderstar1 Got anything else to say, I've seen exactly the same thing posted by you at least 3 times. These overhyped England players have won 3 Ashes back to back and haven't lost a test match in 13 games including an away series win against india. How does that compare to you're shower if England are so overhyped. What happens if they win again, are you gonna take it like a man.