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Talk is cheap, MacGill tells England

MacGill believes Michael Vaughan's team became distracted by the media hype ahead of the first Test at Lord's which saw them slump to a crushing 239-run defeat.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, London
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2005 03:33 AM IST

Australian spinner Stuart MacGill warned England that their chances of an Ashes fightback will be sabotaged if they insist on bad-mouthing their opponents.

MacGill believes Michael Vaughan's team became distracted by the media hype ahead of the first Test at Lord's which saw them slump to a crushing 239-run defeat.

England paceman Matthew Hoggard particularly angered the Australians by suggesting that Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne were past their best and would struggle to last the pace of playing five Tests in seven weeks.

Their response was to take 15 wickets between them with McGrath clinching overall figures of nine for 83.

"One of the main problems with the English batsmen is that they have got way too much going on between their ears," said MacGill.

"When good batsmen stride to the crease there is generally only one thing that they are thinking of and that is the red thing (the ball).

"I honestly think there has so much been going on prior to this Test series, that there have been too many complications, and it doesn't matter who has been running into bowl.

"There has been a lot of talk about the significance of this series and the fact that it is the number two Test-playing nation against the top guns," MacGill said.

"If I was going about it from second spot like England, I'd be spending a lot more time concentrating on what I was doing rather than telling people about what I was doing and how good I was doing it".

"We haven't even worried about the English team because we knew if we did our jobs properly it would work out okay and that's what happened in the first Test."

MacGill and his team-mates had to endure a frustrating opening day against Worcestershire with rain limiting play to just one over in mid-afternoon on the opening day of a three-day game at New Road.

Australia had reached four for no wicket after being put into bat by Worcestershire skipper Vikram Solanki before the heavens again opened after England one-day bowler Kabir Ali had taken the new ball.

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