Early declaration of Oz Ashes squad may be `pitch` advantage for England

The premature unveiling of the Australian squad for the Ashes has given England a free kick and a head-start to prepare their pitches and players accordingly, according to Australian cricket sources.

Ashes Squad: Haddin made Australian vice-captain; Rogers recalled

Veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin was recalled to the Australian squad Wednesday and made vice-captain for their upcoming Ashes tour to England with Chris Rogers and Ryan Harris also making the grade.