Countdown to the final Test
Tuesday 06 September 2005
Ignorance has proved bliss for Marcus Trescothick in breaking Australia's dominance over him in Test cricket. Shane Warne questioned the left-hander's worth before the series while the coach, John Buchanan, has continually claimed England's openers have flaws. But the opener said: "If you don't listen, it doesn't have any effect. It can't get to you." Trescothick averages 85.85 in five Test appearances at The Oval.
Jerusalem rules OK?
The England captain, Michael Vaughan, is backing a campaign to get the country singing "Jerusalem" just before the final Test starts on Thursday. Vaughan said: "The backing of the country is like having a 12th player on the field and the thought of having the whole country singing a hymn as emotive as 'Jerusalem' is something that will get the boys stirred up just as we come on to the field."
Tribute from Owen
England football striker Michael Owen has offered encouragement for England's cricketers at the Oval this week. "Cricket has grown in popularity this summer," Newcastle's new signing said. "I've watched as much as I can and it's given everyone in Britain a big lift. There's not many things that can lift the nation like sport."
Kirstie Allsopp has waded into the female fertility debate again
Gillian Anderson lays into gender disparity in Hollywood
The Sistine Chapel is set to be illuminated with thousands of LEDs
Arsene Wenger 18th anniversary at Arsenal: His WORST signings XI during his time with the Gunners
18 things Wenger has still never done at Arsenal
Arsene Wenger's worst signings XI
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Nani: On loan Sporting Lisbon winger admits he may not return to Manchester United
- 1 Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
- 2 Prince held a Facebook Q&A and this is the only question he answered...
- 3 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 4 35,000 walrus gather on north-west Alaska beach 'for a rest'
- 5 Brad Pitt, on the moment he completely lost his temper with Clint Eastwood's son
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Former Tory donor Arron Banks ups his Ukip donation to £1million following William Hague 'nobody' comment
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so