Graeme Swann

UK Tabloid Talk 14/7

The England press are confident of a local triumph, but that Agar guy is still there.

We'll chase you down! Australia can mount final charge at Trent Bridge, insists Clarke
by Sam Peters, The Daily Mail
Michael Clarke put his faith in teenager Ashton Agar to repeat his first-innings heroics and sweep Australia to an extraordinary victory on Sunday.

Ashes 2013: Double review ends Michael Clarke’s resistance to give England the edge
by Stephen Brenkley, The Independent
Australia captain and Steve Smith perish in two balls as bowlers grind on towards a First Test victory - but first-innings hero Agar is still there...

Concern over umpires' workload raised as FOUR men will share duties over 10 Ashes matches
by Richard Gibson, The Daily Mirror
Marais Erasmus sparked debate over some of his decisions as third umpire in this first Test, with many questioning the number of games officials are facing.

Ashes 2013: England and Australia could be about to play out a repeat of Edgbaston 2005
by Michael Vaughn, The Telegraph
At the end of this match Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke will feel as though it had lasted for three weeks, such are the mental, emotional and physical pressures in your first Ashes Test as captain.

A first Test that has defied the odds may have a farther trick to play
by Gideon Haigh, The Times
At 2.40pm yesterday, Australia were briefly listed favourites in this first Test. Not decisively or convincingly; more statistically, with the equation of ten wickets chasing 227 runs verging on the plausible.

I’ve no problem with Stuart not walking after edge behind
by James Anderson, The Daily Mail
The vast majority of cricketers in the modern game don’t walk. Personally I tend to walk, but I have no problem with Stuart Broad staying in the middle on the third day, because he has the right to wait for the umpire’s decision.

Clarke scalp did the trick
by Steven Howard, The Sun
If it was the end, it probably came at 5.36pm yesterday.

England heading for victory as Swann and Broad blunt Aussie counter-attack after Bell hits vital hundred to set imposing target
by Sam Peters, The Daily Mail
The irony that Stuart Broad was bowling when Australia’s captain refused to ‘walk’ at yet another pivotal moment in this extraordinary Test match should not have been lost on England’s players.

Bending the rules cannot be justified - even if it is The Ashes!
by Patrick Collins, The Daily Mail
On Sunday, we shall have a result. On Sunday, this stunning contest will reach its conclusion. Every ticket is sold, every finger is crossed as the fate of a match, and possibly a series, is disclosed. And once again, we offer thanks and praise to those eminent Victorians who came up with the notion of the Ashes. Because on Sunday, in the city by the Trent, there will be merry mayhem.