Insights from the UK and beyond
from Left field:
"Bowling, Shane" are not words English batsmen would want to hear ever again, but how would the Australians react to Shane Warne making an astonishing return to answer his nation's plea for help in the wake of the second test defeat to the 'Poms'?
To say Warne was England's primary Ashes tormentor for years and years is an understatement. Every time the leg spinner had the ball in his hand he had the opposition quaking, and even off the pitch he was a handful.
Combined with the equally ruthless Glenn McGrath there has rarely been a finer wicket-making machine.
Now to say the Aussie attack is struggling is another understatement. Wickets rather than runs win matches and without the firepower to strike 20 times in a test match, for the first time since the 1980s the touring side could win the Ashes down under.