Aussie Legend Predicts Shock Win For Australia
It would be strange if an Ashes series started without someone making a bold prediction. All those years that Glenn Mcgrath rattled the cage of the English with whitewash predictions. His predictions weren’t that bad, lets be honest the English cricket team haven’t always been able to compete with the Australians.
With the latest test series looming, Richie Benaud has shared his thoughts on how he feels the series will go. The 83-year old will not be at the first test in Brisbane, he is still recovering from a car accident he was in just last week. He plans to be at the famous Boxing day test in Melbourne along with other British expatriates down under, where he will be working for Channel Nine. He has never been one to keep his views to himself, so fans and listeners will be in for a treat once he gets behind the microphone again.
Battle of the bowlers
So what is it that Benaud has predicted? Well, he has predicted that the Australians will shock England and win the series. “Things always go in cycles and those cycles last longer if your players aren’t good enough. But there are some good cricketers in the Australian team and some fast-improving young players” said Benaud.
Australia do have a good captain, Clarke has been in both winning and losing sides. He was part of the very successful Aussie team, and he is now captain of a team that is trying to find its feet after some of the best players in cricket history have retired.
They do have home advantage, and the conditions and the fans will definitely favour the home side. And if past Ashes series are to go by, then it will be won by the team who bowls better. We all remember Steve Harmison’s shocking first ball in the first Ashes test at the Gabba in the 2006-2007 series. Those sat in the UK watching the test escaped the banter from the Aussies, but that wasn’t the case for those British expatriates down under.
In Mitchell Johnson the home side do have a bowler capable of bowling quick and with a lot of hostility. He will be backed up by three other pacers, but no world class spinner. So it can be expected that the series will be a battle between the bowlers, and it will be the bowlers that will dictate who will win. However, England’s batting line-up does look the stronger. If the likes of Pieterson, Cook, Bell and Trott put together a good run of form, they have the power to bat the Aussies out of the series. Especially when the pitches get slower and the ball gets older. So if you are one of the many British expatriates down under, this may be the year to enjoy the Aussies feel the full force of the English.