They say that pigs never fly, but it seemed equally unlikely that Shane Warne, the great retired Australian bowler, would ever have anything nice to say about England, let alone tipping them to beat the Aussies this Autumn in the Ashes Series in Australia.
So important for English cricket is retaining the Ashes this Autumn and Winter that this season’s cricket seems to be mainly about preparing for this event both physically and psychologically. At the moment England is ahead on the psychological front at their 3-2 victory in the Nat West One Day International series has demonstrated that they are now ahead of Australia in all three versions of the sport (the other two being Test Match and Twenty20 cricket).
Shane Warne said that the two sides are currently very close and added that the Australian captain Ricky Pontin’s future might be called into question. He believed that although the Australian side is good, it is not outstanding and much of this is due to the loss of a number of key players such as Adam Gilchrists Matthew Haydens, Glenn McGraths and of course himself.
The most important change in England, he said, was that they had lost their reticence and had some really good players. He thinks that this will be the best chance England has ever had to retain the Ashes. The England side has lost its fear. If Australia is to best England, then it will be necessary for Australia to play their very best cricket.
Australia confidence is currently taking yet another hammering by Pakistan and Andrew Strauss has vowed to give Bangladesh no quarter in the coming matcher. Mind games are being played.
Currently Warne is otherwise engaged – he is playing poker in the WSOP that is happening in Las Vegas.
England are 3/1 to win the Ashes Series with bet365