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Cameron sends good luck Ashes message to England

David Cameron has set his sights on fresh British sporting success in "the big one" - as England's cricketers attempt to retain the Ashes.

The Prime Minister, who cheered on Andy Murray to Wimbledon victory and entertained the tennis ace at a Downing Street reception, sent a good luck message to Alastair Cook's team ahead of tomorrow's first Test against Australia.

England cricket fans will hope that the "Curse of Cameron" - which has resulted in failure for British sporting hopes in the past - has been laid to rest following Murray's triumph in SW19 which was watched from the Royal Box by the Prime Minister.

Cook will lead England against Australia at Trent Bridge in Nottingham in the first of five Tests, with the home team favourites to retain the Ashes.

In a message released by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Mr Cameron said: "It is now time for the big one - the Ashes."

The Prime Minister offered "the best of luck from everyone at Downing Street to Alastair Cook and the boys".