From the Back Pages, November 23: Michael Clarke’s vision puts Australia into position of dominance

From the back pages
From the back pages

An advert was doing the rounds before the start of this match, touting for business from those with defective eyesight. “Struggling to tell the difference between Michael Clarke and Alastair Cook,” went the jingle, “then you know where to go.” On the second afternoon, as Clarke orchestrated his potent attack with masterly expertise, there could have been no confusion. (The Times)

The New Zealand coach, Stephen Kearney, believes England’s selection changes for the World Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday make them stronger opponents, with Rangi Chase dropped from the squad and having since been granted time off to spend with his family. (The Guardian)

Two intelligent men took to the scales in preparation for the primitive business of trying to knock each other senseless. Carl Froch and George Groves reacted differently to the pressure mounting before their world super-middleweight battle of Britain in Manchester on Saturday. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed Emmanuel Adebayor could make his first appearance of the season at his former club Manchester City on Sunday. (The Independent)

Roberto Martinez has had a pop at Liverpool by revealing he could never have taken the manager’s job at Anfield. (The Mirror)

CHELSEA have not given up hope of luring Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski to Stamford Bridge and are prepared to make a big-money offer in January to keep the Pole out of the clutches of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Arsenal. (The Express)

Mourinho demands answer over ref apology. Jose hits out at Mike Riley for his apology over Andre Marriner’s mistaken penalty award during West Brom game. (The Telegraph)