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Australia’s fast bowler and chief tormentor of England Mitchell Johnson has blown away the opposition in the 2013-14 Ashes Series with a flurry of aggressive bouncers and famous stone-cold stare, but those at the crease tomorrow may be forgiven for having a cheeky snigger back towards him.

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When England won back the Ashes at The Oval in 2005, the crowd taunted Glenn McGrath about his pre-series prediction of a 5-0 triumph for the tourists. Sportingly, he smiled and held up two fingers on both hands to suggest his prediction had changed a little but Australia would still have the last laugh. It's hard to believe Ricky Ponting will try something similar at Sydney, but for the record here's what he had to say back in August when asked if his side could win the Ashes 5-0: "It's absolutely possible, there's no reason why not. It's all in our hands. It's how well we play and how well we take charge of different situations. We've learnt from the mistakes that we've made."

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Heart-broken after failing to regain the Ashes, Ricky Ponting was forced to admit the captaincy issue was out of his hands and his powers with the bat may be on the wane.

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James Lawton: Trott sets the standard with quest for perfection

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Australian captain wants to avenge last summer so badly it has become a fight to hang on to his identity
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