Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

5 Reasons Why We're Hopeful

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

5 Reasons Why We're Hopeful

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1. COOK SERVED UP A TON - Young Alastair (right) hit his first century of the tour against Western Australia at the weekend. The 21-year-old reached 106 before retiring to conserve energy ahead of tonight's Test.

2. PANESAR WILL BE PICKED - Monty's missed out in the first two Tests, but the selectors won't make the same mistake a third time, will they? The lad takes wickets and he simply MUST play.

3. ANDREW SYMONDS IS ACTUALLY A POM - The Aussie all-rounder was born in Birmingham and averages just 19 with the bat and over 45 with the ball in Test cricket - he's rubbish.

4.MARTYN'S RETIRED - Damien Martyn turned in a man-of-the-match performance during the last Ashes Test at the WACA in 2002. But Damo's since taken his bat home - for good.

5.THE AUSSIES ARE EVEN OLDER - Warm tea, fig rolls and cod liver oil has got them a 2-0 lead, but Ponting's pensioners may perish under the Perth sun.

Your slippers Mr McGrath...

5 Reasons why we're hopeless. …

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