Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Ashes preview

This is the best Ashes preview article I've read so far, and it's by an Australian. The fact that he quotes Mr T is just the icing on the cake.

If England can come away from Brisbane with a draw, and the signs are that the weather may help them out considerably there, I think it could be a very tight series. I keep hearing about how good Australia's pace attack is, but the back-up looks fairly thin, and they will need it at some stage. I'm a bit baffled as to why they've gone into the series with no support at all for their four front-line bowlers, especially given that one of them, Cummins, has a terrible fitness record.

What England are going to need is for someone other than their big four - Anderson, Broad, Root and Cook - to have a huge series. I fancy Chris Woakes to surprise a few Aussies, and I think James Vince, if he could get one big score under his belt, could also go on to do big things.