Australians refuse to blame Oval pitch after Ashes turn to dust

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Australia's batsmen had queued up to pronounce that Gordon's under-prepared surface was not culpable when they collapsed first time around. Simon Katich, Hussey and Marcus North had all refused to blame the surface, instead putting it down to their inability to play the swinging ball in conditions that were briefly made more difficult by a heavy shower.

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