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Not a spare seat in England section of MCG. Rest of ground almost empty
25 minutes played and still massive queues of England fans trying to get into MCG
Not a cloud in the sky in Melbourne. The Ashes should be England's within the next few hours
I can't stop staring at scoreboards in media centre. Hard to stifle a smile every time I look up #ashes
Your daily MCG weather update: Little cloud and forecast good. Weather not coming to Australians' rescue
TV commentary coming from the box next to BBC Radio Five Live
Here's @markpougatch hard at work in BBC commentary box. Not a bad view!
English cricket fans will love the front page of today's Herald Sun in Australia #ashes
Spotted. One brave Australian in queue to buy tickets. Hope he got there in time to see the wicket!
Here's your daily MCG weather update from my hotel window. Some fairly dark clouds around
MCG say attendance currently around 80,000. That top stand will need to fill after lunch if record to be broken
The queue for beer at the MCG
Santa Claus costume sellers have been doing good business
Barmy Army doing themselves proud. Everywhere I look outside MCG there are England fans arriving
Your MCG weather update: 2 hours until first ball, and it's overcast in Melbourne
Ricky Ponting (slightly) uncovered!
Yes Ponting is going to have a bat. He's padding up
Ponting loosening up at Aus training session. Waiting to see if he puts pads on and has a bat
For those looking for Melbourne weather updates: Today's view of MCG from my hotel. Not a cloud in sight
Both the English and Australian teams spent an hour at an open autograph signing session in city centre
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