Capturing the Ashes was a big boost for Australia but being able to win a series away would be proper affirmation of their ability, captain Michael Clarke said after the first test victory over South Africa on Saturday.
Australian cricketers are reportedly dominating in the top 50 sports earners` list of an Australian magazine for the first time following a stunning winter in which they reaped the financial awards of winning 12 of the 13 games against England across all three formats.
Australian fast bowler Doug Bollinger has reportedly earned his redemption in the eyes of the selectors after his retention in the Test squad for the second consecutive Ashes Test, although he would play on Boxing Day only if Ryan Harris` temperamental knee worsens.
Graeme Swann`s sudden decision to retire might have taken everyone by surprise but spinner Harbhajan Singh feels that for an Indian cricketer, the decision to quit doesn`t happen overnight as the pressures and demands are much higher in this cricket-crazy country.
England player Ben Stokes has said that he is determined not to be a one-hit wonder and knows he has to prove his brilliant century in the third Test was `not a fluke` when the action starts again on Boxing Day, according to reports.
Group-hugs and beery celebrations for the retrieval of the Ashes were splashed all over Australian newspapers on Wednesday, as the nation hailed a cricket team that only weeks before was regarded largely with derision.