Ponting puts pressure on England

August 27, 2010 at 11:36 am 1 comment


With the Ashes series edging ever closer, the mind games have begun in earnest. Australian captain Ricky Ponting has made it clear his side will be putting the pressure on England from the very first ball. England will begin the defence of the urn in Brisbane on November 25, hoping to avoid a repeat from the 2006/7 tour in which they were whitewashed 5-0.

Cricket betting pundits note how that series was the last for many of Australia’s golden generation with Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Damien Martyn and Justin Langer all retiring after the victorious final Test.

Ponting is convinced England won’t be able to replicate their recent good form in Australian conditions. England have won six Tests out of their last seven suffering their only loss in their latest match with Pakistan. While acknowledging England have come a long way under the leadership of coach Andy Flower and captain Andrew Strauss, Ponting has confidence in his side who have been unstoppable since losing the Ashes last summer 2-1.

It has been rumoured by those that regularly bet on cricket match outcomes that the upcoming Ashes series will be captain Ponting’s swansong. The 35 year old has skippered the side since 2004 but has come under some scrutiny since last summer’s Ashes defeat. The batsman is averaging 4o since last summer – no mean feat – it is down from his career average of nearly 55 however. If this does prove to be his final Test series then Ponting will go out as one of his country’s greatest ever captains as well as batsmen. The Tasmanian will be desperate to regain the urn before hi hangs his boots up for good.

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  • 1. Craig  |  August 27, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I like your take on the ashes series – a successful Ponting [ashes] swan song could be devasting for England.

    His 5 – 0 comments were taken out of context, but his recent words about England’s ‘vulnerable batsmen’ are tiring in my opinion – even if there is some truth there. Even if it is embellished by the media, the war of words that preludes any ashes series has lost its effect now that there is no McGrath, Warne etc.

    From a competitive stand point, I’m looking forward to seeing better from Mitchell Johnson’s bowling, who struggled when bowling in English conditions.

    Honours even for mine. But I think Eng will edge it 2 – 1 after losing the first test.

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