'Pack the urn' say Aussies
Australia captain Ricky Ponting reminded England counterpart Andrew Strauss to "pack the urn" on Wednesday - via a message on Big Ben.
Last Updated: 29/10/10 8:37am
The Ashes build-up continues apace, with images of Australia captain Ricky Ponting and deputy Michael Clarke projected on to Big Ben on Wednesday night together with a message reminding England captain Andrew Strauss to "pack the urn".
England fly out of London on Friday as they seek their first Ashes series win Down Under in 24 years. However, Strauss's hand luggage will not contain sport's biggest little prize as it remains on permanent display in the Marylebone Cricket Club Museum at Lord's.
Regardless of that tradition, the Australians taunted their counterparts with the projection which read: 'Don't forget to pack the urn - bringontheashes.com'
Ponting said: "Winning the urn back from our age-old rival is the most prized achievement for Australians and we just wanted to send them a reminder not to leave the urn behind.
"Our message is clear - we're prepared and we're ready so bring on the Ashes!"
Vice skipper Clarke added: "The Ashes is the ultimate cricket battle between our nations and this year will be no exception.
"The team will have to dig deep and deliver. We have some new faces in the squad this series who didn't play in England last time. So they're fresh and excited to be part of their first Ashes tour."
Australia's stunt is an echo of one organised by Sky Sports ahead of England's 2006/07 Ashes tour when images of skipper Andrew Flintoff, Kevin Pietersen and spinner Monty Panesar were beamed onto the Sydney Harbour Bridge.