Deccan Herald – Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting says England’s only hope of winning a Test in the upcoming Ashes series is the day/night match in Adelaide and has predicted a 4-0 victory for the hosts.

Summary

  • Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting says England’s only hope of winning a Test in the upcoming Ashes series is the day/night match in Adelaide and has predicted a 4-0 victory for the hosts.
  • Ponting savaged England’s batting order and said the absence of all-rounder Ben Stokes, along with injuries to their fast bowling stocks, would play into Australia’s hands.
  • His comments come after fierce criticism of the Australia batting line-up from former England greats Ian Botham and Graeme Swann.
  • Ponting said England fast bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad were on a “steady decline” but maintaining a “reasonably high” level of performance, while Australia boasted a flourishing bowling line-up.
  • England won the last Ashes 3-2 on home soil but were humiliated 5-0 the last time they came to Australia for the series in 2013/14.


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