Oz media says pace battery starting to `feel the pinch` for first time since Ashes

The Australian media has said that the demands of an intense winter are starting to take their toll on the country`s mighty pace bowling attack, which is `under the pump` for the first time since Australia`s domination of England started at Gabba three months ago.

Oz selectors may call in reserve bowlers for Cape Town Test

With Australia losing the second Test at Port Elizabeth to South Africa by a whopping 231 runs, and the series-ending Third Test in Cape Town beginning on Saturday, selectors may just think of giving their unchanged bowling attack of the past seven Tests a break, and call on reserve pacers James Pattinson and Jackson Bird to effect a quick turnaround in the team`s fortunes.

De Villiers century boosts South Africa

South African batsman AB de Villiers continued his prolific run-scoring form as he notched his 19th Test century on the second day of the second Test against Australia at St George`s Park on Saturday.

Lyon says Oz have upper hand after day 1 of second Test against Proteas

Australian spinner Nathan Lyon has said that his team is happy with their position in the second Test against South Africa at Port Elizabeth, where the hosts struggled to 5-214 when bad light forced stumps seven overs early.

Johnson blasts through South African batting

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson continued his Ashes series form with a devastating bowling performance on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at Centurion`s SuperSport Park Thursday.

`Aggressive` Aussies preach patience to succeed against Proteas

The Australian cricket team, which is known for its aggression in the Test format, is now asking its batsmen and bowlers to be patient to succeed in their upcoming three-Test series against South Africa, starting on February 12.

Siddle reiterates Oz pacers are best in world

Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle has said he along with Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris is best bowling attack in the world, discounting the claim of South African pacers who have made their team No. 1 in Tests.

Johnson erased all question marks in Ashes sweep: Clarke

Australia captain Michael Clarke paid fulsome tribute to Mitchell Johnson for his part in the 5-0 Ashes sweep on Sunday, saying nobody could ever again doubt the paceman`s character.

Australia unlikely to change bowlers for Sydney

Australia are expected to keep the successful attack that has carried them to a 4-0 Ashes lead for the final test against England in Sydney, bowling coach Craig McDermott said on Monday.

Pattinson eyeing Oz Test return during South Africa tour

Inspired by the heroics of Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle in the Ashes, James Pattinson has set his sights on an Australian return on February`s tour of South Africa, and welcomes the competition for spots in Michael Clarke`s attack, according to reports.

Siddle reveals being Warne`s `waterboy` during 2006 MCG Test inspired him

Australian cricketer Peter Siddle has revealed his inspiration to become an Ashes winner was forged at the MCG, as a waterboy for Shane Warne.

Australia`s 3-0 is better than England`s, says Siddle

Australia have been more dominant and ruthless in winning the Ashes than the victorious England side were earlier this year, paceman Peter Siddle said on Monday.

Siddle backs impressive Oz to achieve Ashes whitewash

Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle has backed Australia to win all five Ashes Tests against England and `keep building` from those wins.

Siddle relishes maintaining stranglehold over Pietersen

Australian paceman Peter Siddle has said that maintaining a `stranglehold` over England batsman Kevin Pietersen gives him a `great deal` of personal pleasure.

Brit media says `time` for Pietersen to decide about Test future

The time has come for Kevin Pietersen to decide whether he wants to carry on playing Test cricket after he fell victim to Peter Siddle for the 10th time on Saturday, according to UK media reports.

McDermott says Siddle`s dominance `playing on mind` of Kevin Pietersen

Australia`s bowling coach Craig McDermott has said that Peter Siddle`s dominance over Kevin Pietersen is playing on the mind of England`s rock star batsman.

Ruthless Australia on brink of Ashes victory

Australia wrapped up a comprehensive 218-run victory over England on Monday to take a 2-0 series lead, leaving them on the brink of reclaiming the Ashes from their fierce rivals.

England cricketers miss official Adelaide dinner due to `clash of events`

England`s cricketers found time to hit Adelaide`s club scene as soon as they got here, but not a one showed up to the official Test match dinner at Adelaide Oval, according to reports.

Bollinger, Coulter-Nile named as standby Oz bowlers for third Ashes Test in Perth

Cricket Australia confirmed on Wednesday night that Doug Bollinger and Western Australia`s Nathan Coulter-Nile had been placed on standby for the third Test in Perth next week, according to reports.

The Ashes: Australia`s Siddle says Trott troubles fair game

Australia will leave no stone unturned to find ways of unsettling England during the Ashes, even if it involves raising the sensitive issue of Jonathan Trott`s troubles out on the field.