Australian cricket fans prepared themselves for one final
decent night's sleep before seven weeks glued to television
sets deep into the small hours watching the Ashes series
beamed around the world from Europe.
Eighteen months after battering the confidence of English
batsmen, Mitchell Johnson has been fine-tuning his
preparations for this week's Ashes opener in Cardiff by
peppering his Australian teammates in the nets.
Pakistan's Shan Masood struck his maiden test century and
Younus Khan his 30th to fuel their spirited chase for a
daunting 377-run victory target in the series-deciding third
and final test against Sri Lanka at Pallekele.