England must beat history to make history

December 15, 2010 at 10:07 am Leave a comment

England are on the verge of achieving something special down under in Australia, but they shouldn’t underestimate the wounded Aussies and the fearsome Waca pitch.

Last week’s innings victory over the hosts in Adelaide has raised hopes of a first series win down under since 1987 and they know victory at the Waca will ensure the urn remains in English hands. The apparent air of disarray emanating from the Australian camp has only fuelled those beliefs.

However, England need to rewrite the history books if they are to win on Australia’s west coast. They have only won once there in 11 visits and have lost the last five – including that crushing 204 run defeat in 2006.

They also have doubts over their bowling attack for the first time. Stuart Broad misses out with a stomach muscle injury so Chris Tremlett is expected to come in. Tremlett though hasn’t played a Test since 2007 and between him and other frontline bowler Steven Finn can only muster up 13 Test appearances between them and the Ashes betting tips suggest they could struggle.

That will put pressure on Jimmy Anderson to lead the attack, but his preparation has been disrupted by a mad dash home to be present for the birth of his second child.

With the rest of the squad’s wives and girlfriends landing in Perth it is hoped Andy Flower’s men haven’t taken their eye off the ball because despite Australia’s apparent weaknesses, they will be determined to bounce back at the Waca. The Ashes betting certainly indicates it will be a close game.

Australia will bolster their batting line-up with the addition of Phil Hughes and Steven Smith though the main focus will be on Michael Beer, who is set to become the tenth spinner called up since Shane Warne retired in 2007.

But with the Perth pitch notorious for being quick and bouncy Beer make take a support role, with Mitchell Johnson, the one remaining match-winner in the Aussie side, recalled.

Despite his woes against England he has a great record at the Waca – he has taken at least five wickets in all three of his Test including eight for 61 against South Africa in 2008-09.
Should England lose focus then Johnson could be the man to lead the wounded Australian side’s fight back.


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