LITESPORT 32 Wednesday, 19 August 2009 London Lite HARLEQUINS coach Tony Diprose does not believe his team will receive abuse over Bloodgate from opposing teams this season -- because they know it could have been them in the dock. Former boss Dean Richards has been banned for three years and the club were fined 259,000 over Tom Willliamss fake blood injury in the Heineken Cup last April. But Diprose said: I think there will be a feeling from other teams of There but by the grace of God go we. People would be naive to think that things like this have not happened before and had it not been for this case would probably have carried on. In the same way people would have been naive to think that Matt Stevens was the only player to have a substance problem. If anyone does give us any stick then I think the players have thick enough skin to deal with it and the coaching team certainly has even thicker skin. But the focus for us is what we do on the pitch and we are trying to improve on last year, we did very well last year so it will be tough.Bloody minded: Tony Diprose Quinswillhavethickskins aftertheBloodgatestorm Clarke: Well become greats AUSSIE vice-captain Michael Clarke believes this current crop of players are on the verge of greatness. Englands Andrew Strauss claimed the tourists had lost their aura earlier in the series, before they bounced back to level matters in emphatic style at Headingley. Clarke, the leading runscorer in the series, concedes the squad lacks personalities, but will still go on to rule world cricket in the years to come. He said: Yes, we probably dont have the greats, at this stage of the guys careers like we did in 05. But over a period of time youll see a lot of the guys in this side become very good cricketers, if not great cricketers. Trott choice is desperation says Ponting Strapping lad: Jonathan Trott at The Oval today RICKY PONTING has blasted Englands decision to call up the Warwickshire bats- man Jonathan Trott for tomorrows deci- sive Ashes Test at The Oval as a bit of desperation. Trott makes his debut ahead of the axed Ravi Bopara, who has endured four diffi- cult Tests at No3 against Australia after his three successive centuries against the West Indies earlier in the summer. Ponting(right)said:Itprob- ablyshowsabitof despera- tion, I guess, on their behalf, to be doing that. When we arrived, which is only a couple of monthsago,everyonewas talking about how good Bopara was and how much of an impact he was going to have on the series. That hasnt happened but we understand that Trott is a good player and weve had an opportunity the last couple of days to have a good look at him and the way he plays. Weve spoken to a couple of the guys around the county scene that have played a bit against him, so there will be no excuses as far as our preparation goes. If South African-born Trott, averaging 80 in first class cricket this season, doesnt worry Ponting, the return of 2005 Ashes- winning hero Andrew Flintoff does. Englands inspirational all-rounder was left out for the disastrous fourth Test in Leeds despite declaring himself fit. But his gammy knee has sur- vived two days in the nets and Flintoff, who took the match- winning five wickets to set up victory in the Lords Test, looks set to start tomorrow. With the series locked at 1-1, Ponting admitted: What we do know is that wheneverFlintoff playsfor England the crowd gets a lot more involved in the game. Wheneverheisbowlinginthis series the whole ground just lifts a lit- tle bit and the difference between the first three Tests and Headingley was that they just didnt have him. Weknowwhattoexpectthisweek.With the exception of one spell at Lords I think we have combated what hes done in the series particularly well. BY NEAL COLLINS his three successive centuries against theinearlierIndiesWestthe prob-Itsaid: despera-ofbitashowsably theironguess,Ition, goodhowabouttalking Bopara was and how much togoingwasheimpactanof That hasnt happened but we playergoodaisTrottthatunderstand t.fiLeeds despite declaring himself sur-haskneegammyhisBut vived two days in the nets and match-thetookwhoFlintoff, ve wickets to setwinning fi Lordstheinvictoryup forplaysFlintoffwhenever England the crowd gets a lot more involved in the game. thisinbowlingisheWhenever lit-aliftsjustgroundwholetheseries Ashes FifthTest:Tomorrow,liveonSky Sports 1,from 10am When we got here, everybody was talking about Bopara -- Ricky Ponting 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