The Ashes: Brisbane's heat too hot to handle for England
The Ashes series between Australia and England start on Thursday with the first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane. The English players are sweating it out in the middle, quite literally, as they prepare themselves for a long tour of Australia.
The English side felt the heat while they were preparing under the Brisbane sun ahead of the first Ashes Test against Australia at the Gabba. Skipper Alastair Cook, who scored an incredible 766 runs in seven innings to anchor England's first series win in Australia for 24 years, is hoping to lead from the front this time around. All AP and AFP images.
Cook's likely opening batting partner is Michael Carberry, who has hit brilliant form after reaching Australian shores. In the three practice games, leading up to the Brisbane Test, the 33-year-old has scores of 5, 50, 153 and 78.
Kevin Pietersen is set to play his 100th Test for England. The star batsman has hogged all the attention from the Australian media this time around.
The England side's balance depends a lot on the fitness of wicket-keeper Matt Prior, who has proved time and again that he a man for the crisis when the top order fails to fire.
Steven Finn is seen toiling hard during the practice sessions. The tall pacer may well have to fight his way to make into the England XI. The 6-foot 7-inch faces stiff competition from another gigantic rival in Chris Tremlett.
Pietersen, 33, recently told a news conference Tuesday he enjoys the lively and combative cricket coverage but said his confidence has been confused with arrogance. The South African-born dashing batsman has been dubbed as 'Mr. Ego' by the Oz media.