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21/11/2013 07:07 GMT | Updated 21/11/2013 07:17 GMT

How One Australian Newspaper Is Covering The Ashes Without Mentioning Stuart Broad

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 21:  Stuart Broad of England salutes the crowd as he leaves the field after day one of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 21, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 21: Stuart Broad of England salutes the crowd as he leaves the field after day one of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 21, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The Brisbane Courier Mail has lifted its Stuart Broad ban a day after it vowed to abstain from using the England bowler's name during the Ashes.

On Wednesday, the tabloid wrote in their front page story: "The Courier-Mail newspaper will not use Stuart Broad's name in our reports of the first test.

"We plan to give the 27-year-old English medium pace bowler the silent treatment, just to mess with his head."

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They've changed their tune

That worked about as well as Sweden fans chanting "Messi" at Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday, as Broad took five wickets for 65 to put England in the ascendant at the Gabba.

And in the Courier Mail's online report, it said: "Stuart Broad has hit back at the boo boys in the best way possible, claiming a five-wicket haul to propel England into a strong position."

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Broad was even clutching a copy of the newspaper at his press conference.

"A couple of my mates had mentioned it," the bowler said of the (briefly) Broad-phobic paper. "But I just saw this outside (the press-conference room), and it made me smile."

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At least the print boys have kept their word

Those poor Aussies. They've had their worst Olympics in 20 years, their tennis is in a mess, the Lions mauled their rugby team and they can't even take advantage of a glorious Brisbane batting wicket. So dire is their sport that World Cup qualification is a highlight,