LITESPORT London Lite Monday, 6 July 2009 33 Australia RICKY PONTING (captain) Age: 34 Tests: 131. Averages 56 and hes still bloody brilliant. But he did slip up at the World Twenty20 and hes never won an Ashes here! SIMON KATICH Age: 33 Tests: 38 One of the great non-successes of 2005 (average 27) he was out in the cold for a while but has bounced back strongly. PHILLIP HUGHES Age: 20 Tests: 3 Everyone at Middlesex raved about him earlier in the summer, but -- as the Aussies tell us -- county crickets nothing! MIKE HUSSEY Age: 34 Tests: 37 Ton in the warm-up at New Road last week proves he knows English conditions and should have had 100 caps by now. MICHAEL CLARKE Age: 28 Tests: 47 Vice-captain, one of the seniors now, but can he really fill the hole left by departed heroes like Hayden and Gilchrist? SHANE WATSON Age: 27 Tests: 8 Yup, Australias all-round answer to Andrew Flintoff. Injury prone and struggling. Andrew Symonds he isnt. Yet. ANDREW McDONALD Age: 28 Tests: 4 Picked ahead of Symonds before the World Twenty20 incident. Been around a while but is unlikely to feature if Watsons fit. MARCUS NORTH Age: 29 Tests: 2 Off-spinning batter, ton last week at New Road, knows English conditions having done county circuit. Better spinner than Hauritz. BRAD HADDIN Age: 31 Tests: 15 Where do they find these guys? Healey, Gilchrist, now Haddin. All great glovemen, and BJ can really hit it, just like Gilly. GRAHAM MANOU Age: 30 Tests: 0 Dropped by South Australia two years ago, Manou has made a great recovery, two tons last season and now captains his state. BRETT LEE Age: 32 Tests: 76 Really needed his five-fer in the warm-up at New Road last week. Not quite the frightening force he was. MITCHELL JOHNSON Age: 27 Tests: 21 With 47 wickets in his last eight Tests, Mitchs left-arm could be Englands undoing, and he can bat a bit. STUART CLARK Age: 33 Tests: 22 Selected for this tour purely on the basis of what he did to England over there last time. Injury means he may struggle for selection. PETER SIDDLE Age: 24 Tests: 7 Young, strong -- competed in lumberjack competitions as a youngster in Victoria -- may be the unheralded pace threat. BEN HILFENHAUS Age: 26 Tests: 3 The Tasmanian bricklayer surprisingly picked to tour South Africa. Got seven wickets in three games there and stays in. NATHAN HAURITZ Age: 27 Tests: 4 The only specialist spinner, and hes hardly Warnie. Took five on debut in India five years ago, but may not make Test team. THE ASHES 2009 THATS ANDY Andrew Strauss pulls off a brilliant diving catch to get rid of Adam Gilchrist during the win at Trent Bridge 2005 REMEMBERED ALL SHOOK UP Andrew Flintoff consoles Brett Lee as realisation dawns -- the Ashes have been lost at The Oval NICE LITTLE URNER Triumphant skipper Michael Vaughan holds the tiny Ashes urn and enjoys what looks worryingly like a victory pie PRIMED FOR SUCCESS Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen outside Downing Street, looking slightly tired and emotional BODYLINE, 1932-33 Captain Douglas Jardine used short-pitched bowling to upset Bradman and the furious Aussies 4-1 CLASSIC CLASHES JIM FIXED IT, 1956 Surrey spinner Jim Laker took 9 in the first and 10 in the second to finish with figures of 19-90 at Old Trafford HEADINGLEY HEROES, 1981 Ian Botham hit 149 and Bob Willis took 8-43 as England defied the odds to win despite following on EARLY WARNING, 1993 Shane Warnes first ball in Ashes cricket bamboozled Mike Gatting at Old Trafford and a star was born FIRST TEST Wednesday, 8 July - Sunday 12 July Sophia Gardens, Cardiff SECOND TEST Thursday, 16 July - Monday, 20 July Lords, London THIRD TEST Thursday, 30 July - Monday, 3 August Edgbaston, Birmingham FOURTH TEST Friday, 7 August - Tuesday, 11 August Headingley, Leeds FIFTH TEST Thursday, 20 August - Monday, 24 August Kennington Oval, London All games live on Sky Sports 1 Appeal: Katich in rallying call Katch it! Simons cry to new-look Aussies SIMON KATICH is confident Australias new-look side can overcome the departure of several modern legends to make an impact in this weeks first npower Ashes Test. The Australian opener _ who may be well used as a bowler too is one of only four surviving members of the defeated 2005 Ashes side alongside captain Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Brett Lee. In 2005 he was an inexperienced middle-order batsman at Test level, but has since been converted into an impressive opener following the retirements of Matthew Hayden, Justin Langer, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist. He said: The exciting thing from our point of view is that we have a batch of youngsters that are really keen to make their own Ashes history. Weve seen in the last six months that we have had a number of guys step up into their roles and have done very well for us guys like Mitchell Johnson, Phil Hughes at the top of the order, Marcus North now and Peter Siddle. All these guys have come in and replaced the great players and are starting to make their own mark in Test cricket. Opening partner Hughes, who averages an impressive 69.16 from his three Tests in South Africa, perhaps faces one of the biggest tests after having his confidence shaken during the recent match against England Lions. BY GEOFF TEATHER hisnatural best index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html