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Ashes loss adds to Wallabies' pressure

By Jim Morton 10/11/2005 05:51:57 AM Comments (0)

Wallabies coach Eddie Jones feels the Australian cricket team's Ashes defeat has compounded the pressure on his side during its worst losing streak in 36 years.

Jones said the Australian public's high expectations for their national sporting teams had been rocked by the first Ashes series loss in 18 years in England two months ago and it was desperate for success.

As Ricky Ponting's men fell 2-1 in the series with a fifth Test draw at The Oval, the Wallabies were coming off a winless Tri-Nations campaign.

They slumped to their sixth straight loss with a 26-16 defeat to France in Marseille last weekend.

After several years of being among the top two nations in either sport, Jones said Australians were not accustomed to the recent failures.

"Certainly everyone was a bit down on the situation and losing the Ashes to the Pommies is one thing ...", he said. "So I think we're looking to have some success.

"The cricketers have bounced back pretty well and we intend to bounce back on Saturday."

England has prepared for the Test at Twickenham by inviting two renowned ball-scavenging local club players to their training session to prepare for the breakdown battle with George Smith and Phil Waugh.

The English players have also been given two days off in the middle of the week to return home to their families.

At the same time, Australia was bashing each other in one of the most physical and intense training sessions seen.

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