Ashes stars on course!

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To celebrate the start of the Ashes series, we look at how the current stars and past greats fared with a club in their hands.

To celebrate the start of the Ashes series, Golf365 looks at how the current stars and past greats of English and Australian cricket fared with a club in their hands.

As you might expect, world-class cricketers often make excellent golfers and our exclusive photo gallery reveals some impressive golf swings – and a few dodgy ones too!

Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting is a one-handicapper while England captain Andrew Strauss, a member at Sunningdale, plays off seven.

Note too the classic swing of Sir Don Bradman.

When arguably the world’s greatest ever batsman retired from cricket he became a keen golfer and played off a “low handicap” in Adelaide and competed in the South Australian amateur championship.

Michael Vaughan, who led England to victory in the memorable 2005 Ashes series, won’t be involved this summer – and golf is partly to blame.

England’s most successful ever captain revealed recently that he knew it was time to call it a day when he was stood at mid-off in a county match against Worcestershire and couldn’t stop thinking about golf.

Strauss and Ponting get the chance to compare swings in an Ashes challenge to raise money the Child Bereavement Charity next month.

Cricket’s ultimate golfing challenge will take place on Tuesday 21 July, between the second and third npower Tests, hosted by Sir Michael Parkinson on Stoke Park Club’s championship golf course.

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