LITESPORT AUSTRALIAN batting hero Marcus North has shrugged off the booing of skipper Ricky Ponting and insisted: It is part and parcel of the game now. North, who scored 96 in Australias second innings as they held out for a draw at Edgbaston yesterday, said: A lot of us get booed out there. That is the home ground advantage I guess. The atmosphere when we are playing Test cricket here is great even though, without a doubt, the crowd is into us. When England come and play in Australia, it is exactly the same for them so it is part and parcel of the game now. The atmosphere is great and it is a pleasure to walk out and play Test cricket in front of 20,000 England supporters who actually appreciate the cricket that is being played. North followed up his century in Cardiff by helping Michael Clarke in the decisive partnership which blunted Englands hopes of going 2-0 up in the series before Fridays fourth Test at Headingley. He fell only four runs short of equalling Sir Don Bradman, Arthur Morris and Michael Hussey in becoming only the fourth Australian to score three tons in his first five Tests. London Lite Tuesday, 4 August 2009 35 ARE HOT TO TROTTBREAKING NEWS... Arsenal set to send Sender off to Toffees ARSENAL have opened talks with Everton about the permanent sale of Philippe Senderos (above). The Gunners central defender spent last season on loan at AC Milan, but played just 14 times and is believed to want regular first- team football to retain his place in the Switzerland national side. Senderos, 24, had one more year remaining on his Arsenal contract, but has slipped down the pecking order at The Emirates. And Everton chairman Bill Kenwright revealed: We have been negotiating with Arsenal for the transfer of Philippe. Nothing has been concluded yet but talks are ongoing. Everton deny Sendeross arrival will encourage them to sell Joleon Lescott to Manchester City. Reports today suggested 20m-rated Lescott has told Goodison Park officials that he wants to leave. Pakistanfear overbookies PAKISTAN have asked for an investigation after reports that bookmakers stayed in the team hotel during the disastrous tour of Sri Lanka. The hosts claimed a 2-0 Test series victory and yesterday took a decisive 3-0 lead in the one-day internationals. And Pakistan, no strangers to match-fixing allegations, have now called on the International Cricket Councils Anti-Corruption Unit to carry out their own inquiry. Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed revealed: There were some people who wanted to meet the players and invited them for tea but the players refused and reported the matter to us. FRENCH COACH WARNS VIEIRA: PAGE 33 England expects: Jonathan Trott, left, comes in as a possible replacement for Andrew Flintoff while Ryan Sidebottom, above, gets his first call of the series Harmy bloody mess, but hed play on Friday STEVE HARMISONS big toe is a bloody mess -- but the Durham paceman WILL play for England if required for the fourth Ashes Test at Headingley on Friday. Harmison took his 2009 tally of first class wickets to 61 yesterday -- one behind top Englishman and county team-mate Graham Onions -- as he took 3-27 to defeat Sussex and reinforce Durhams County Championship bid. But coach Geoff Cook said: Steves got blisters on toes but his big toe has an open wound; it looks really nasty. His toe is a hell of a mess actually. A hell of a mess. He did well to bowl today, really. He was battling yesterday, so without being too dramatic, it was a really good effort on his part. Cook said it was wear and tear rather than a new pair of boots which had caused the problem and added that Harmison needs to rest to give the foot a chance to heal. But Cook insisted Harmison, in the squad but discarded before the Edgbaston showdown, would not shirk his patriotic duty on Friday. Cook said: Steve works hard, hes a big lad, and he puts terrific strain on his feet, but hell be there for England if hes needed. Obviously I dont know what will happen. Im sure hell be involved in the squad again but if he doesnt get a game at Headingley itll be to our benefit because hes a world- class bowler, and world-class bowlers are effective against the tail, thats for sure. There wasnt a lot of pace in the wicket for banging the ball in, but you try and make life as uncomfortable as you can for batters, and if sometimes it costs you the odd boundary or two, thats the mentality you have to have. 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