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Saturday, 2 February 2013

England are ready for Ashes, Jason Gillespie warns Australia

Former test pace bowler Jason Gillespie has warned his compatriots that England will be ready for back-to-back Ashes series this year and for Australia to wrest back the famous urn will be a daunting task.
Gillespie, who took 259 wickets in 71 tests between 1996 and 2005, is well-placed to comment on the strength of the English game given he is currently coach of the Yorkshire county side.
"They are incredibly confident over here but they deserve to start favourites, England, no doubt about it," Gillespie told the Australian newspaper on Saturday.
"I think potentially they could underestimate our bowling. I've been speaking about it quite regularly over here and saying, 'Don't underestimate the strength of Australia's pace bowling attack'.

Pakistan vs South Africa: Pakistan crash to all-time low total

Pakistan crashed to their lowest Test total when they were bowled out for 49 by a South African pace barrage on the second day of the first Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday.
Dale Steyn took six for eight in 8.1 overs as Pakistan failed to match their previous low - 53 against Australia in Sharjah in 2002/03.
South Africa led by 204 runs on the first innings.
AB de Villiers equalled the South African wicketkeeping record by holding six catches as the Pakistan batsmen failed to cope with top quality bowling on a pitch with steep and sometimes variable bounce as well as some sideways movement.
Vernon Philander took two for 16 and Jacques Kallis two for 11.