England Should Fear Rising Australians

February 10, 2010 at 12:42 pm 1 comment


There is no doubt that Australia are a much stronger side than they were during the last Ashes series. They have regrouped following their loss to England with wins over the West Indies and Pakistan. They seem to be a far more confident side.

Against England they were unsure about themselves. There were question marks over Michael Hussey, Marcus North and Nathan Hauritz. So much so that Australia didn’t play a spinner in the decisive final Test at The Oval when the pitch was crying out for one.

You would think that Australia would have a lot more confidence in Hauritz now although the truth of the matter is that he hasn’t been tested. He has received many of his wickets courtesy of players throwing their wickets away.

The attack in at The Oval was Mitchell Johnson, Stuart Clark, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus. Since then Hilfenhaus has been sidelined with injury and Clark is out of favour with the selectors. In their place has come Doug Bollinger and Clint McKay.

Shane Watson came on board as gamble to replace Phillip Hughes and has done exceptionally well with both bat and ball. He has had a great Australian summer and is a far more complete player than the one who took part in the Ashes.

So England should expect a far tougher Australia next time they meet. The question is, what kind of England can Australia expect? No-one is quite sure and even cricket betting isn’t sure what to make of it. You will be hard-pressed to find a bookmaker who has England as favorites.

England did well to draw 1-1 in South Africa which has become more impressive given the way the South Africans have been playing in India. The fact of the matter was that South Africa won the series on points. They missed out on winning two matches by the margin of one wicket. Given their domination in three of the four tests, the statistics reveal them to be the much stronger side.

England will be pleased by the form of Ian Bell and Alastair Cook in South Africa. What would worry them was the dismal form of Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Andrew Strauss. The trio did poorly in South Africa and England will need them to fire in Australia if they are to have any hope of retaining the Ashes. Similarly without the services of Andrew Flintoff this time round the bowlers need to fire. Still should be a great series.

Darren Albert writes for this blog. He also writes about live betting and how it is affected during a match.

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