I personally think about it this way. Asif and Amir were pretty darn good in Australia and James, Broad and Finn make an equally, if not better combination of bowling, so it is possible that Australian batsmen might struggle.
The key question to ask is, who is the better team?
I believe it's England.
Are we better by enough to counter Australian conditions? Given how untested the bowlers are in Australia, it's hard for me to say. But I am confident in them. The batsmen are more of a concern than the attack for me, but I just have a feeling that Pietersen will have his best ever series.
It's on, like Donkey Kong.
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Well actually, I could have played cricket for England, as my father was born there. I mean I'd never have been good enough to play for Australia, but given England's predilection for giving a test cap to anyone from overseas who knows which end of a bat to hold, I should have done it.
Would've run Atherton out, Hussain too - a lot.
Looking back, that was a pretty crappy post.
Still believe England will get hammered though.
IMO we're just a sharp selection or two away from being considerably better than England. Right now, though, not so sure.
1st test - comfortably won
2nd - Drew- Windies had the upper hand
3rd- won a close match
5th- was gifted
so 3 close games out of 6 against the low ranked sides. Doesn't sound too promising
I doubt there'll be more than a test in it either way. My natural pessimism means I'm leaning towards yer crims, but I do cling to it like a security blanket (a pessimist is never disappointed, etc) so it probably colours my opinion.
Interestingly this is the first Ashes series since forever we seem to have a more settled XI than Oz. Barring injury or a miraculous run in the warm ups from Tremmers I'd say our team for the Gabba is inked in.
In Perth - the scoreline definitely flatters the Windies, as it was extremely obvious long once Nash and Deonarine had left what the result would be. They just scored a few more runs than we'd have liked in getting there.