Reuters – MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson wreaked havoc when England last toured Down Under but dwelling on something that happened four years ago is meaningless, former visiting captain Alastair Cook said on Tuesday.

Summary

  • MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson wreaked havoc when England last toured Down Under but dwelling on something that happened four years ago is meaningless, former visiting captain Alastair Cook said on Tuesday.
  • The tour saw England batsman Jonathan Trott fly back home mid-series with a stress-related illness, while off-spinner Graeme Swann retired and returned home after the third test.
  • With the first test starting at the Gabba in Brisbane from Thursday, Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon’s comments that the home side’s pace attack could again end careers have spiced up the pre-series war of words.
  • The verbal volleys before the start of the Ashes has amused England opening batsman Cook, who believes all the talk will make way for cricket after the first couple of hours in Brisbane.
  • Cook was impressed by Australia’s current pace attack of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins but assured the batsmen in his team that there were no magic balls.


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