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UK Tabloid Talk 30/7

UPDATED 30 July, 2013 4:42PM AEST | by Sam Ferris

Old Trafford has a new look, Hot Spot has issues and Joe Root is a real prankster.

The enigma that is Michael Clarke
by Stephen Brenkley, The Independent
He is one of the best batsmen in the world, an intense and driven captain, but there is something about Pup that alienates the Australian public, press and his team-mates.

Shane Warne delivers Ashes pep talk to Ashton Agar 20 years after Ball of the Century at Old Trafford
by Dean Wilson, The Daily Mirror
Coach Darren Lehman says Australia would be mad not to use Warne's advice - which appears to be based on luck.

Warner given a lifeline by Lehmann after scoring huge hundred for Australia A
by Mike Dawes, The Daily Mail
Australia batsman David Warner is back in contention for the third Ashes Test against England at Old Trafford this week.

Darren Lehmann plays down Australia's lack of top spin coach
by Colin Crompton, The Independent
Tourists rely on fielding mentor Rixon to oversee progression of Agar and Lyon.

After Lord's mauling, how can the Aussies actually give England a game?
by Nasser Hussain, Paul Newman, Michael Holding, Lawrence Booth, David Lloyd and Bob Willis, The Daily Mail
Six cricket identities give their thoughts on the Old Trafford Test and whether or not Australia can put up a fight. It mostly centres around Australia's batting. Mostly.

When time comes to make tracks just be careful what you wish for
by Mike Brearley, The Times
Mike Brearley says that teams with all-round strength and confidence in their abilities have no need to try to influence the nature of pitches.

Ashes 2013: Hot Spot can miss fine edges, admits inventor ahead of third England v Australia Test
by Nick Hoult, The Telegraph
The makers of Hot Spot have admitted the system can fail to detect faint edges off fast bowlers but hope to convince the International Cricket Council to add an improved snickometer machine to bolster the Decision Review System.

My brother Joe, the Ashes hero: 'I was five and couldn't get him out... then he did me first ball. I lost it and went after him with a bat!'
by Alan Fraser, The Daily Mail
Try to imagine opening for England in the Ashes at Lord's and your cheeky little brother walks out to the middle as the 12th man bearing drinks and a bit of unwelcome advice. 'He said I was batting slowly and that he would have been smacking it around,' Joe Root told an open-mouthed press conference in reference to brother Bill. It was a great story. And it was complete fantasy. 

Chris Tremlett delighted to have taken giant step back for England ahead of third Ashes Test
by Dean Wilson, The Daily Mirror
The 6ft 7in bowler sealed England's 2011 Ashes win in Australia, has struggled with injury, but is in with a real shout for Old Trafford place.

Ashes 2013: England hope that new-look Old Trafford will still be a happy hunting ground
by Nick Hoult, The Telegraph
Old Trafford will look very different this week to both players and fans, but even though the pitch has been turned through 90 degrees it should provide familiar comforts to the England bowlers. 

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 30 July, 2013 4:03PM AEST

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