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Aussies not allowed to have hangovers

01/01/2007 06:01:49 AM Comments (0)

There'll be no place for new year's hangovers among the Australian cricket team.

Desperate to invoke only the second Ashes whitewash on England in the fifth Test at the SCG, which starts Tuesday, Australia will begin its three-hour training session at 9am (AEDT).

It will be the final Test for retiring bowlers Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne, while it could also be the last Test for opening batsman Justin Langer, who could announce his retirement.

The match is also a big one for Australian bowler Stuart Clark, who has starred this series and will play his first Test at his home ground.

"I've been looking to this moment for a while," Clark said.

"We've won the series and to play a game at the SCG with my mum and dad being here and friends and family and my wife and my little boy, it's been a dream, so I can't wait for Tuesday."

Clark said there will be a lot of emotion from the Australian team after the Test given the retirements of its veteran players.

"You look at the Steve Waugh finale here in Sydney (three years ago), I think it will be something to rival that," he said.

England's players will train at 2pm.

The tourists are desperate to salvage something from the series and also avoid an unwanted place in history, as 1920-21, when Australia beat England 5-0, is the only time an Ashes series has finished in a whitewash.

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