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Already having trouble dismissing Australian batsmen, England's bowlers were dealt another blow yesterday .
While Andrew Sy monds and Matthew Hayden were sharing a 279-run partnership that wrested control of the fourth Ashes test for the hosts, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio was revealing England's bowling plans.
In it, the coaching staff had devised the best methods of getting the wickets of the Australians.
England Cricket Board spokesman Andrew Walpole said an investigation had been launched.
"We don't know whether the document was taken from the dressing room or from another part of the ground," he said.
Ex-England allrounder Ian Botham, working as a commentator on the series, said the plans must have been stolen.
"Just who was in the dressing room and what else has been stolen?" he asked.
England paceman Matthew Hoggard said: "Your gameplans are there for a reason," he said.
"We've got seven plans. One of them has ended up in the opposition media's hands."
Hoggard did see the lighter side of the leak, inviting British reporters to join the investigation.
Asked if England could benefit from having some insight into Australia's gameplans, Hoggard said: "Yeah, but it wouldn't help us."
The Australians weren't too bothered, saying it all boiled down to simply bowling the right line and length.
"It's not rocket science gentlemen," Hayden said. - Sapa-AP