Just under 4 weeks now until the first Ashes Test in Brisbane and the Australian propaganda machine is in overdrive! Remember, Ricky Ponting, what happened last time. Maybe they just can't help themselves. The Aussie cricketers seem to like a good taunt about as much as Jose Mourinho likes a good winge. Perhaps it's a sharp tactic. Low, but potentially effective. Sport is, as one of the american Ryder Cup golfers was saying (can't remember who though...) all about momentum and to want to gain some before a ball is even bowled is understandable. After all, it worked extremely well for Muhammad Ali. But let's be honest - the Australian cricket team are hardly Muhammad Ali... about the same age on average, but not in the same league.

Ashes, cricket, Ricky Ponting