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    PM urges cricketers on before Ashes


    by ODN


    David Cameron has urged on the England cricket team as they prepare to defend the Ashes, telling them: "The whole country is behind you."

    The Prime Minister sent a personal video message to the side in Brisbane wishing them success in their forthcoming struggle against Australia.

    "I want to take this opportunity to wish you, the England cricket team, the very best of luck as you prepare to go into battle, down under, to retain the Ashes," he told them.

    "Over the past five years you've given this country, and me, some of our greatest sporting memories. The two run victory at Edgbaston, winning the Ashes at the Oval in 2005, bowling out the Aussies on the final day at the Oval to win the ashes again in 2009.

    "I hope you can now go and do what no England team has done for over two decades - go to Australia and retain the urn. The whole country is behind you."

    Mr Cameron joked that the arrival of his new baby daughter, Florence, "who's up at all hours", would make it easier for him to catch the television coverage of the matches, despite the time difference with Australia.

    He added: "I look forward to welcoming you to Downing Street, next year with the Ashes safely returned. And as Freddie won't be there, who knows, we might even have a drink!" - a reference to all-rounder Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff's famously exuberant celebrations after England's 2005 Ashes triumph."