Cricket: Fraser still in England frame

A NEW England squad assembled here yesterday under new management, so naturally the bulk of the discussion on their arrival was concerned with those who were absent. The outcome seemed to be heartening for Angus Fraser, indifferent for Michael Atherton and irrevocably gloomy for Graham Thorpe.

Cricket: Gooch queries players' desire

GRAHAM GOOCH yesterday re-emphasised the need for a stronger domestic system in the aftermath of this winter's Ashes failure - and revealed grave personal concerns about the desire of England's players to improve.

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THIS SERIES is reaching breathtaking heights at its end. After the dramas of Melbourne, it was inconceivable that we should start the Fifth Test with a day which was as good as any of the three at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Cricket: Gooch and Graveney blast `abject' England performance

DAVID GRAVENEY, the chairman of the England selectors, said his team's performance in losing to an Australian XI in Hobart yesterday was "unacceptable". Graveney was speaking after England had lost by nine wickets as their opponents scored 376 for the loss of only one wicket on the final day. Greg Blewett, who cannot get into the Australia Test team, scored 213 not out, following his unbeaten 169 in the first innings.

Cricket: England unable to find answers

IF IT was intended as a diversion from the misery so far experienced in Australia, the naming of England's 16-man one-day squad for the Carlton United Breweries series, despite two new names and the removal of some old ones, did nothing to lift the stygian gloom. One-day cricket may be an important aspect of the game, but success at it is like enjoying a fizzy can of pop as compared to vintage Krug - the bubbles may be there but the complexity and depth are not.

Cricket: Selectors' choice of Headley holds back the Tudor era

THE TOUR selectors made one surprising but logical decision which was a success and another which was both foolish and predictable and did not come off. First, they gave the off-spinner's place, which had been earmarked for Robert Croft, to Peter Such and it worked a treat. Dean Headley took Alex Tudor's place and that did not.

Cricket: Headley given Tudor's place

ALEX TUDOR was dropped and Peter Such called up as the England selectors sprang two surprises yesterday when they named their team for the third Test match, which was due to start here today.

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Cricket: Drunk attacks Crawley

THE ENGLAND batsman John Crawley was attacked in Cairns on Sunday night after an evening out with team-mates. The Lancashire player was set upon by an unknown assailant just after 11pm as he returned alone to the team's hotel after spending the evening socialising with England and Queensland players in the city centre.

Cricket: Early warming signs for Team England

It was a close opening contest of this Ashes tour. It went down to the last ball and England won. A traditional opener it may have been but it merely emphasised the fact that there is no such thing as a relaxed game out here. A crowd of more than 12,000 also reinforced the stereotypical image of the Australian male.

Cricket: Knee injury forces Headley to sit it out

ENGLAND YESTERDAY insisted Dean Headley's knee injury was not a worry despite the Kent seamer being ruled out of a second day's net practice in Perth. Headley was withdrawn from yesterday's practice at the WACA after jarring his left knee, an injury not thought serious enough to prevent his participation. But he was again left on the sidelines and visibly limped around while England were put through a rigorous four-hour session by the manager, Graham Gooch, and the assistant coach, Bob Cottam.

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IT WAS always likely that Alec Stewart would be a captain in the mould of Graham Gooch and Mike Atherton. That hectic second innings on the fourth day at Edgbaston was magnificent and set up a defiantly challenging target for South Africa, but this sort of thing is foreign to Stewart's intrinsic nature as a captain.

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