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Mickey Arthur


Arthur: Every game like a final

11 June 2013 3

It's great to be writing this from England and at the moment involved in the ICC Champions Trophy.

This is a great tournament because every game is so cut throat because you cannot afford any slip-ups.

At the moment we find ourselves under pressure going into our next game, after losing to England, and every game is like a final for us now.

We have certainly put some very good work in and hopefully that work comes to fruition and we can seriously have a crack at winning this trophy for the third time.

After the Champions Trophy we have an all-important Ashes Test Series. I have been blown away by the interest and magnitude in the Series, from both England and Australia and am looking forward immensely to it beginning.

While we have been at the Champions Trophy we have our ‘A’ team playing fixtures in Scotland, Ireland and Gloucestershire.

Most of our Test squad who are not playing in the Champions Trophy are in that team, so the likes of Haddin, Pattinson, Siddle, Bird, Harris, Lyon and Khawaja are all playing red ball cricket in these conditions.

While Cowan and Rogers have been in the UK for some weeks now playing County Cricket and performing well. 

We have not left any stone unturned in our preparations and I am pretty sure this is going to stand us in very stead.

Conditions in England are very different to playing in Australia – the main differences are the ball comes on slower to the bat, and it seams and swings a lot more.

We have been practicing for a while now with the Duke Ball, which is different to the Kookaburra we use at home.

It is very important that our bowlers bowl a fuller length than we bowl in Australia and this takes some time to adjust to.

Our batsman on the other hand have to be very watchful when they play off the front foot as the pitches are slower and the ball does not come onto the bat as it does in Australia.

The major factor in our Ashes quest is going to be how quickly we adapt, especially with the bat as I believe we have the ability to take 20 wickets and have depth in our bowling department.

What an English summer we are in for and hopefully you will all follow our every move as we endeavor to win this final edition of the ICC Champions Trophy and bring the Ashes urn back to where it belongs.

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