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Drabble Down Under - Joe Drabble Posted 30th November 2013 view comments

All the talk over the last few days in Australia has been about sledging and it was refreshing to see David Warner publically express his sympathy for Jonathan Trott in the media yesterday.

Australians are ultra-competitive (as I've found out on the golf course this week) but Warner's personal attack on Trott's dismissal during the first Test left a sour taste all round.

After a few days to reflect on Trott's situation it was interesting to speak to David Lloyd on the England batsman's future, which he believes will no longer involve playing for his country.

Nasser Hussain buys a drink! A defeat for the team at Royal Adelaide Golf Club

Nasser Hussain buys a drink! A defeat for the team at Royal Adelaide Golf Club

If proven true this will be a huge blow for England and of course, Trott. In 49 Tests he has averaged 46.45 and has been a key cog in England's success over the last few years.

The Adelaide locals have shown genuine compassion about his situation but deep down they will know that his name off the team sheet for the rest of this series is a massive boost to their chances of winning.

England now face a few selection headaches heading into the Adelaide Test next week. Joe Root looks nailed on to bat at No 3 but the No 6 position looks wide open.

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Gary Ballance, the leading run-scorer in county cricket last season could be the frontrunner after a half-century in the two-day tour game at Alice Springs, although Ben Stokes offers an all-round option. Extra bowlers could be vital, too, on what is expected to be a batsman's paradise.

My gut feeling is that this Test might come too soon for Tim Bresnan and I'd be inclined to stick with Chris Tremlett for one more Test.

The Adelaide Oval is my favourite ground in Australia. I walked past it earlier and, to my horror, it looks like a building site. It's a huge shame that the redevelopment won't be completed by the time the first Test starts.

Many Australians are nervous about the work being done to the picturesque ground, however the increased capacity is by all accounts essential for the ground to boost profits.

I'm nursing a bit of a sore head and a bruised ego today after being taken out for a boozy lunch by our gloating Australian opponents in the Ashes golf challenge yesterday. We bravely went down 9.5-6.5 with Nasser Hussain laying the blame on myself in yesterday's podcast!

I lost my singles match on the final day 4&3 to a gentleman who has played the Royal Adelaide course four times a week since 1975. He claimed to be off 16. I had no chance!

Shark diving with Bumble awaits over the next couple of days. If I'm not back in touch, you know what's happened!

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