Friday, July 29


Not content with following the Ashes series from afar, English and Australian
soldiers are staging their own five-match 'Desert Ashes' in Iraq. The venue for
last Thursday's opener was a rolled-out patch of earth next to the helicopter
landing site in the southern town of Al Muthanna. Resplendent in gold-and-green
pyjamas donated by Cricket Australia, the Aussies swept home by 119 runs - a
massive margin in a 25-over game. Each match is scheduled for the first day of a
Test, starting with a coin toss synchronised with Michael Vaughan's in England.


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