Australia ‘slight favourites’ to reclaim Ashes urn: Mark Waugh

Mark WaughFormer opener Mark Waugh has said Australia’s emphatic victory in the Perth Test has made them favourites to reclaim the Ashes. The 267-run win for Ricky Ponting’s team in the third Ashes Test in Perth was made more remarkable by the fact that the home side went into the match as underdogs. Speaking on’s

Ponting may be axed as captain if Australia loses Ashes

Ricky PontingRicky Ponting has said he may have to step down as Australian skipper if the Ashes series is lost. Defeat in Perth, would force Ponting and selectors to face the question of his captaincy head-on, but it is doubtful the selectors would replace Ponting as skipper mid-way through the series even if England goes 2-0

Winners deserve the real Ashes urn: Ponting

Ricky Ponting has reopened the age-old debate about where the Ashes urn is held by declaring Australia should be rewarded with the real item if they defeat England this summer. Despite originating in Australia, the urn lives at the spiritual home of cricket at Lord”s in London and series victors are presented with replica Ashes.

‘Chastened’ Australia ‘geared to getting everything right for Ashes

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has said that lessons learned from the 2009 Ashes series loss have ensured that there will be “no excuses” if his team succumbs to England again during the 2010-11 series which starts in Brisbane on Thursday. “It’s always been in the back of our minds. Since the Ashes loss everything has

Harry Potter wants a break for the Ashes

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is dreaming of spending Christmas in Australia so that he can watch England win the Ashes. “We are going to beat you. I”m convinced. This is the best chance we”ve had in 40-50 years,” quoted Radcliffe as telling the Herald Sun. “There”s a slim chance I might come out

Mark Waugh says Ponting will have win Ashes to keep Oz skipper’s job

Former Australian middle-order batsman Mark Waugh believes that if Ricky Ponting loses a third Ashes series to England, his days as captain are numbered. Ponting goes into his fourth Test series with England in charge of the Baggy Greens with one victory and two defeats to his name. Only Billy Murdoch and Percy McDonnell have

Green SCG wicket could hinder Ashes hopes of Khawaja, Hughes: Watson

Australian opener Shane Watson has said that the SCG wicket, which is considered a bowlers paradise, could cast trouble for Ashes fringe players Usman Khawaja, Phillip Hughes and even Steve Smith during New South Wales’ Sheffield Shield match against Victoria. Watson said the forecast of stormy conditions would make it tough to score runs in

Marlon Brando’s family still in dispute over his ashes

The dispute over the ashes of late actor Marlon Brando is still going on, with his ex-wife feuding with a woman who used to date ‘The Godfather’ star’s son. According to, Donna Lopez Geon, who was in a relationship with Brando’s son Christian Brando until he died of pneumonia in 2008, currently has possession