Swann and Pietersen hold the key

November 10, 2010 at 9:42 am Leave a comment


On paper, England and Australia have pretty even teams and which way the upcoming Ashes series will go is still far from obvious and the world-class players on each side will have to step-up to the plate.

For the Aussies their best players are their two leaders, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke. On their day the two batsmen can destroy any bowling attack in world cricket and if they find their form against England then they have the ability to have a huge say in who wins the series. Anyone thinking about having a cricket bet should remember this.

However, Ponting’s side may struggle in the bowling department. Unlike previous Australian team this one doesn’t boast any of the world’s elite bowlers among their ranks. The current Aussie bowlers were never going to really replace the line-up of Shane Warne, Glen McGrath and Brett Lee who featured in the last Ashes series in Australia. That being said Australia are going to need someone who can take that wicket when all seems lost and currently it is hard to see who that could be.

England’s key men will most likely be Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Swann with one in the best form of his life and the other in some of his worst. With all the hype surrounding KP’s lack of form this year, the pressure will be heaped on the batsman to find the Pietersen of old when the series starts. If the KP of a few seasons ago turns up, then England will have a great chance of retaining the hard won urn and the Ashes odds reflect this.

It looks increasingly likely England will favour a four pronged bowling attack for much of this series, so Graeme Swann will be expected to bowl his fair share of overs. After dominating the spin world since returning to the international scene two years ago, the Aussies will be more than aware of the threat Swann will bring this series. The Australian batsmen will be out to attack the off-spinner in an attempt to nullify the threat and that could play straight into his hands.

If Swann can work his magic this series, his bowling could make all the difference.

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