Internal squabbles hurt Aussies

Former England captain Mike Gatting has come out saying internal squabbles and the lack of a settled eleven are hurting Australia in their quest to regain the Ashes.

Gatting who was at Lord’s for the launch of the original Ashes urn which is heading down-under for three months said “they seem to have a lot of infighting at the moment.”

“Former skipper Kim Hughes has said Shane Warne should never captain Australia for the way he has behaved in the past. Then you’ve got someone like ex-batsman Greg Ritchie saying Warne should be captain instead of Ricky Ponting, ” Gatting said.

“That doesn’t often happen over there. They are normally a pretty tight unit.”

“It is usually the Aussies having a go at us for things we’ve done badly.

“But I think we’ve done things well, we’re a good unit and the guys have now got to go over there and show that, ” he added.

Gatting went on to say that it was key the England selectors went for Monty Panesar ahead of Ashley Giles as the Aussies “are worried about him.”

The first Ashes test starts in Brisbane on 23rd November.

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