Spirits are high in Australia’s camp after they stopped the rot in the Ashes series by dominating England in the rain-ruined third test at Manchester, captain Michael Clarke said.
Australia lost the opening two games at Trent Bridge and Lord’s but they were disappointed to come away from Old Trafford with only a draw after having by far the better of the exchanges despite the hosts retaining the Ashes.
“The boys took a lot of confidence from that match,” Clarke said on the eve of the fourth and penultimate test in County Durham. “We certainly believed that but for the rain we would have won that test. We are taking a lot of positives, guys have scored a lot of runs which is really encouraging and bowlers continue to do a fantastic job for us. The boys are full of confidence now and our goal is to continue playing that brand of cricket from tomorrow.”
Disgraced England bowler Monty Panesar has reportedly been dropped from the England squad after urinating on a pair of nightclub bouncers.
According to the Daily Express, the left-arm spinner, who relieved himself on the bouncers after being thrown out of the popular Shooshh club at Brighton following a harassment complaint, now faces the prospect of sanctions from his county club Sussex.
The report further said that Panesar had to pay a 90-pound fine to the police.