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Aussie press heartened by squeamish Poms

While Flintoff has brushed aside suggestions they will be under pressure in Ashes, Oz media were encouraged by the lopsided skirmish.

india Updated: Oct 23, 2006 23:02 IST

The ease with which Australia neutered England's potent batsmen Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff at the ICC Champions Trophy will give them heart for the Ashes campaign, mediasaid on Monday.

Skipper Flintoff was dismissed for four and Pietersen for one as England were bowled out for 169 in going down by six wickets in Jaipur on Saturday.

While Flintoff has brushed aside suggestions his side will be under more pressure going into next month's Ashes series, Australian media were encouraged by the lopsided skirmish.

"The methodical ease with which the Australians neutered England's most potent batting threats, Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff, emerged as the key finding from what was more a preliminary reading than a dress rehearsal," 'The Australian' newspaper said.

"And the torment England's strike bowler Steve Harmison doubtless suffered as he was pasted to all parts of the expansive Sawai Mansingh Stadium in two forgettable spells will surely take time to heal.

"As (Australian captain) Ricky Ponting pointedly observed, if the perennially homesick quick serves up similar tripe when the Ashes begins next month he can expect the same treatment, which should see him placing an emergency call to the team travel agent before Christmas.

First Published: Oct 23, 2006 11:55 IST