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Australia look good but Symonds omission could weigh

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In an earlier post, Julian Linden argued that Australia’s cricketers have all the firepower needed to retain the Ashes in England despite some relatively new faces in the squad.

Here Ed Osmond takes a different view, wondering if the absence of Andrew Symonds and Australia’s lack of spin options may help the English.

England should be highly delighted by Australia’s decision to omit all-rounder Andrew Symonds from their Ashes squad.

The big Queenslander may have had disciplinary issues over the past year, but his cricketing ability should not be under-estimated.

Cricket’s model professional to declare at last

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In the Australian summer of 1982 Richie Benaud was approached by “a fair-haired angelic little lad of about 12″.

“Did you ever play cricket for Australia, Mr Benaud?” the cherub asked.

Richie Benaud prepares for final delivery

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Richie Benaud, the doyen of cricket commentary, will retire from television next year.

The 78-year-old former Australia captain told Sydney radio he was quitting after his current contract ends in 12 months. “I’ll be doing Australian cricket next year, 2010, but I don’t do any television at all anywhere else now and when I finish next year, then I’ll be doing other things,” he said.

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