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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Ashes 2009 My Preview

England and Australia are going to fight for the Ashes once again... Last time in 2007 Australia swept the series 5-0 against England... But 2007 Ashes was held in Australia... Cricket lovers wont forget the Ashes which England earned in 2005... England won the series 2-1.... England won the 2005 Ashes mainly due to their fast bowlers ability to reverse swing the old ball.... Simon Jones, Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison reverse swung the ball very well to earn the cup for the England... Particularly Flintoff was so good with both bat and ball... And Pieterson also joins the party with some wonderful batting... Now if we came back to 2009 Ashes both teams are now equally well equipped in terms of batting and bowling... But it is England who will miss the trump card if Flintoff dint make the playing Eleven... Australia has a good batting side in the paper.. But how they manage to get used to the conditions and the reverse swing will be the crucial point... Their bowling attack is led by Mitchell Johnson who is bowling well for the last one year... And they are short of a quality spinner. Nathan Hauritz is not a quality spinner.. He is more of a batter than bowler.... His batting is good than his bowling... England has a quality spinners in Monty and Swann.... Swann troubled Indian batsmen in India during the recent test matches... He will definitely trouble the Aussies with his variations and spin.... But England batting is completely out of sorts now... If Cook, Strauss and Pieterson fails the whole Englishmen will fall without a fight... But it is their bowling which is giving England a upper hand... To my predictions it will be hard fought series for both the teams and the series will be tied at 2-2 if England batsmen rise to the occasion or otherwise it will be a one sided game for Aussies an they will win 2-0 comfortably.....................

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