• I have no idea what Stuart Clark has done wrong because he should definitely be in that Australia team, no question about it.

     

    The seamer's consistency and accuracy with the ball has been severely lacking in the visitors' performances so far in the series.

     

    Brett Lee is a fine bowler and if he is fit to play, as he says he is, then he is worth a spot. However, including Clark would be the priority for me and Lee will not add the reliability which is required by Ricky Ponting.

     

    England have kept Australia's bowlers at bay pretty comfortably in this series, barring the first innings at Cardiff, and Mitchell Johnson is not the type of bowler you want at Headingley in this erratic form.

     

    Clark could be the perfect bowler to exploit the pitch at Headingley and, on the other side of the coin, Johnson is unlikely to have any effect at all.

     

    Headingley is a pitch that rewards discipline, and that is the same for batsmen and bowlers. The seamers will get what they deserve if they are

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  • It was frustrating not to win the third Test at Edgbaston, but when you consider how much time was lost, it was always going to be a tough ask.

     

    The groundsmen deserve a lot of credit for allowing so much play, but it would have been an amazing result to force victory in what was effectively three days' play.

     

    The weather put paid to our hopes of getting a positive result, and it is pretty annoying to watch the rain fall knowing time is ticking away.

     

    Everybody does different things during rain breaks, but we all try to relax and keep busy than sitting there getting nervous.

     

    During the delays at Edgbaston the chips were out and there was some poker played. There was a bit of sleeping in the dressing room. If it's a long stoppage you can go to the gym or hit a ball in the indoor nets.

     

    Steve Harmison left a dartboard for the boys; we're all as good as Phil Taylor now, we've had that much practice!

     

    It can be tough to switch on and off when there are rain delays. We spoke to the

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  • Sri Lanka had a good captain in Mahela Jayawardene. Now they have an even better leader in Kumar Sangakkara. One has only to hear his predecessor gush about his qualities to know that Sangakkara is "a born captain, a natural leader." The results in the current contest against Pakistan confirm this.

     

    For all the batting and bowling successes, there is little doubt that Sangakkara, while inheriting a good side from Jayawardene, has within a very short period moulded it into a squad that will be difficult to beat in any format of the game. Certainly, a great deal of the credit for Sri Lanka’s current successful run can be attributed to Sangakkara’s leadership qualities.

     

    Supremely confident of his own ability and that of his teammates he has instilled that confidence in his side and particularly in the new boys. One has only to look at the way Paranavitana, Kandamby, Thushara and Mathews are performing to understand this. Here is someone who was ready for the captaincy having been

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