They’ve not lost at Brisbane for 17 years, last time to a great WI side. Bookies going with history, tough place to play England not quite ready draw looking favourite though
True but the Aussies haven’t had such a shit side for long time either.I think an England win is possibly worth a punt and an England win at the Gabba would knock the stuffing out of them.Luv to see Shrek explaining that to the Aus media.Posted 4 years agoyossarianMember
I think its going to be close one. England were lucky in the summer and the score didn’t reflect the play. Cook and Trott will have to score a lot more runs and the choice of the fourth bowler will be critical.
We weren’t lucky, we played a lot of average cricket and raised our game at key times. Australia on the other hand folded when it mattered.Posted 4 years ago
England were lucky it rained in the third test as the Aussies had a great chance to win that match. If they had then I think England would have wobbled. If England were only average in the summer I’m not sure they are going to be better than that on pitches that are more suited to the Aussie bowlers. I want England to win but I think it will be a close one.Posted 4 years ago
Ian Chappel article recently was wondering why the Australian media are talking as if Australia had just won the last Ashes 3-0 instead of the other way round. And there’s Shane Warne of course. 🙄
England should win but closer than last time. Not sure I buy the ‘England were lucky’ line either. No they weren’t consistent but they stood up when it mattered every single time.Posted 4 years agotheotherjonvSubscriber
England were lucky in the summer and the score didn’t reflect the play. Cook and Trott will have to score a lot more runs and the choice of the fourth bowler will be critical.
Conversely. Trott, Cook and Pietersen will all expect to score good runs, they are all quality players and won’t continue to fail time and again. We made 400 in the first dig only once in the smmer, talent and experience tells me that won’t be the case this time.
Can’t wait…..Posted 4 years agoransosSubscriber
We weren’t lucky, we played a lot of average cricket and raised our game at key times. Australia on the other hand folded when it mattered.
Precisley. Good sides find a way to win when they’re not playing well. As noted above, only Bell really fired in the summer: if Cook, Trott and Pietersen get going, Aus are in for a tough time.Posted 4 years agotheotherjonvSubscriber
Not saying it’s automatic, I’m saying they will have analysed and corrected the faults that caused them to fail.
Cook has changed his technique slightly and will naturally play better on bouncier pitches where his back foot game comes to the fore. Trott just needs to calm down a bit. Pietersen is, well, Pietersen, and is one who you’d say is ‘due’ – which goes against what i said but when you’re as good as him, the phrase about exceptions and rules comes to mind.Posted 4 years agoScamperMember
The Aussies really should spend a bit more time looking after their own garden. Lets be frank about this – their batting unit is pretty poor and as Sir Geoffrey would no doubt say, `my gran would love to bowl to that lot!’ 😀
For all this talk about them finishing the last series well, it was England who yet again stood up when it mattered with that run chase on the last day after Clarke thought it would be a great idea to provoke England.Posted 4 years agodannyhMember
No team in which Steve Smith can get a game in a test is going to trouble the current England set up.
Oh how the Aussies must be wishing the likes of Matthew Elliot, Jamie Cox, Stuart Law, Andy Bichel, Greg Blewett, Stuart MacGill, Darren Lehmann and many others hadn’t played in an era when they couldn’t get a game!Posted 4 years agoandrewhMember
I’ve just got back from Oz and was surprised how little mention the ashes got over there.Posted 4 years ago
Listening to the news the sports bit was a brief mention that the England team had arrived in Perth, a snippet about a Moto GP race at Phillip Island, some AFL stuff I didn’t undersatnd, and then hour upon hour of disussions about a racehorse which is pregnant. I knew the Aussies love the horse racing but though cricket would get more of a mention than that.
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