P157 Teletext 157 Dec26 20:20:01  THE   ASHES    TOUR   Melbourne ————————————————————   STEWART FRACTURES FINGER   Alec Stewart has been dealt a bitter blow after suffering a finger fracture for the second time on the Tour. England's vice-capt was forced to retire hurt when he was struck on the right index finger by Craig McDermott. Stewart, who broke the same finger during the tour's opening week, was taken to hospital where X-rays cofirmed the fracture in the same place. England were 148-4 at stumps, replying to 279. ——————————————————————————————————1/4—— Sports index 131 Soccer index 140 ASHES TOUR POSTER OFFER p159 Next SportExtra Football Local
P157 Teletext 157 Dec26 20:21:00  THE   ASHES    TOUR   Melbourne ————————————————————   ENGLAND SUFFER A DOUBLE BLOW   England saw their fortunes take a dive after Alec Stewart was forced to retire with a fractured finger — and then Shane Warne snapped up three wickets. At close, England were 148-4 in reply to Australia's 279 with Warne bagging the wickets of Mike Atherton (44), Graham Thorpe (51) & Mike Gatting (9). With Stewart unlikely to play a significant role, England's hopes rested on Graham Gooch (15no). ——————————————————————————————————2/4—— Sports index 131 Soccer index 140 ASHES TOUR POSTER OFFER p159 Next SportExtra Football Local
P157 Teletext 157 Dec26 20:20:20  THE   ASHES    TOUR   Sydney ———————————————————————   STEWART: I'LL IGNORE THE PAIN   Alec Stewart has offered to bat for England again in their first innings despite breaking his finger. He has ruled himself out for the Third Test, though, and the England party are to discuss sending for replacements. Stewart said: "Obviously it will be far from ideal but I'm prepared to bat tomorrow if it is in the team's interests.The problem would be if I got hit on it again — that may be painful." ——————————————————————————————————3/4—— Sports index 131 Soccer index 140 ASHES TOUR POSTER OFFER p159 Next SportExtra Football Local
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