Aussie greats pad up for MS Ashes Trek

AUSTRALIAN cricket champions Dean Jones and Allan Border have some simple advice for England's batsmen facing menacing quick Mitchell Johnson - crank up the bowling machine and get practicing.

The former stars, in Bendigo for Jones' MS Ashes Trek, said no cricketer enjoys dodging deliveries flying past their head.

But they agreed that international players should be able to withstand an extreme pace barrage.

"Most people can play it, but you have to get used to it," Jones said. "It's a pace you don't like facing it, but you get used to it.

"These days not many of the guys have actually faced 150km, but in our time everyone had a guy (bowling that speed)."

Border said even though all players fear extreme pace, the very best learn how to deal with it.

"Everyone's going on about 'they've got fear in their eyes' - everyone has when you're facing that sort of bowling," he said. 

"But, look, they should be trained for it, once you get to that level of cricket.

"England aren't coping at the moment, that's been the good thing from the Australians' point-of-view, we've got this x-factor and it's really working for us a treat."

Border will travel to Perth for the third Test starting Friday as an official invitee for Michael Clarke's 100th match.

On Wednesday, he joined Jones hosting a cricket clinic at the QEO for keen schoolchildren.

Jones is travelling from Melbourne to Sydney to raise funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis - a disease which affects more than 23,000 Australians. 

Along the way he'll be joined by sports stars - including England great Ian Botham and AFL personality Danny Frawley for a dinner at Michelton Winery and a round at Heathcote Golf Club.

Jones plans to arrive in Sydney on December 18. To donate to the cause visit www.masashestrek.com.au.

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