Thursday, September 14, 2006

Duncan Fletcher is taking no chances on the fitness of England's fast bowlers after Matthew Hoggard's injury scare yesterday, pulling Durham legend Stephen Harmison out of their forthcoming Championship match against Yorkshire.

Australia, India and the West Indies are warming up for the ICC Champions Trophy in South-East Asia. Australia play their first match against India this coming Saturday and this blog will be watching for any clues in the selection of their bowling attack.
Andrew Strauss today annouced he will be 'having dinner' with Ashes skipper Freddie Flintoff to review the summers action and discuss tactics for down under. The first ashes test match is due to begin 23rd November at Brisbane and Australia are yet to annouce their squad.
William Hill are offering 4/1 on England to win the series outright, however the 33/1 on england winning 3-2 looks like a very good price, with a hard fought, face paced series looking likely. Sachin Tendulkar today hit an unbeaten 141 against the West Indies. India are 10/3 to win the ICC Champions Trophy, the West Indies are out at 12/1. Young Alistair Cook is tempting to be top England batsmen during the 5 match Ashes battle at 6/1, although Andrew Flintoff also looks good value at 11/2.

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