In-form England must wish that Ashes started tomorrow

May 19, 2009 at 10:06 am Leave a comment


By Thomas Rooney

As much as beating the West Indies at home in May isn’t exactly the biggest of achievements, England should be proud of their efforts this series.

Andrew Strauss’ men wrapped up a 2-0 series victory yesterday after bowling the tourists out for 176 in Durham. It meant that the second and final test was comfortably won by an innings and 83 runs to leave the England team in good spirits at the start of this very busy summer.

The pinnacle, as we all know, is the Ashes series against Australia which begins in July. Before this though, there is a One Day International series against the West Indies to be played as well as the ICC World Twenty20 tournament.

If we are being honest, these tournaments could just get in the way. As much as England will want to do well in them, they must have a feeling that if the Ashes were to start tomorrow – they would be in fairly decent shape.

As things stand, England have a united team with a settled bowling line-up and a more than capable batting line-up. I’m not saying they are up there with the 2005 Ashes team, but they are high on confidence and in good form. This is normally a winning formula.

The thing is though; there is still over 40 days until the first test against Australia and a lot can change before then. James Anderson – who has led England’s attack superbly – could suffer a dip in confidence, Kevin Pietersen could fail to recapture his form or Graeme Swann could break a finger.

That’s why the up and coming ODI series and Twenty20 World Cup could prove to be more of a nuisance than anything else. With regards to the Ashes betting , if England were to take on Australia tomorrow, I’d back them to win.

Momentum is very important in this game and I just hope that Strauss and co can maintain it over the next few weeks.

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