England's cricketers are flying high in Australia, but with the arrival of their families for the Christmas period, the dynamic of the team is almost certainly going to change.
Flower welcomes 'good distraction'
Stuart Broad’s injury has forced England to change their winning side for the third Test starting here on Thursday, but that is not all that is different, writes Derek Pringle in The Telegraph. With most of the wives and girlfriends turning up on Monday, after a WAG-free six weeks, England have changed the environment in which they have played fairly flawless cricket.
Flower blossoms with the WAGs
The Sun leads with Andy Flower's claim that the arrival of the families would be no distraction whatsoever:
Far from distracting Andrew Strauss and his players, head coach Flower believes the wives, girlfriends and children will give a big lift.
Could the Wags hurt England's Ashes hopes?
The wives and partners have arrived Down Under – and it may not be good news for Andy Flower, writes Stephen Brenkley in the Independent.
The WAGs arrived yesterday. They brought with them the children. Thus, at a stroke was six weeks of intense male bonding ended. England's cricket tour of Australia will never quite be the same again in terms of its testosterone levels and if it results in a reversal of the present good fortune there may yet be hell to pay.