Ashes 2010-11: The head of the Australian Cricketers' Association says the form of the national team has deteriorated because of the players' fear of a public and official backlash against the "sledging" or verbal abuse of opponents.
Aus Vs Eng(Ashes 2010-11) 4th Test: Australia called up uncapped batsman Usman Khawaja on Tuesday as cover for captain Ricky Ponting, who is nursing a broken finger ahead of the crunch Melbourne Ashes Test.
Aus vs Eng 3rd Test: Swing bowler Mitchell Johnson claimed a six-wicket haul on Friday to dismiss England for 187, and put Australia in control of the third Test to rekindle its hopes in the Ashes series.
Ashes(Aus vs Eng) 3rd Test News: Mitchell Johnson is hoping his perspiration in the nets will provide inspiration to Australia's selectors and earn him a recall for the third Ashes Test against England in Perth this week.
Things are really heating up in the Ashes. The Aussies are down 0-1 and it looks like the side will need to pull out everything from their reserves to harbour hopes of winning anything from the position that they find themselves in.
So five Test matches ago, Australia would have considered themselves in with a more than average chance to regain the Ashes back from England. Five matches on, they have lost four of those, the confidence is at an all-time low