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Sunday, July 03, 2005

Cricket: Ashes 2005 will be exciting

Missed last evening's tied ODI Natwest final between Australia and England. ESPN is still off.

England is improving and the Aussies are nowhere near the all-conquering side they have been for the last few years.

So will Vaughan's England win the Ashes again after Gatting's 86-87 team?
Pieterson, Harmison, Gough, Trescothick, Strauss, Simon and Geriant Jones.
It seems England is Australia and Australia is becoming England.

Last night I was following the score on Rediff. I thought 40 to get in 6 overs and the Aussies had the match in their pocket. But England managed to level. The Aussies are slipping in batting and bowling and England is going to come hard at them in the tests.

Shane Warne has always troubled the Englishmen and if they find a way to counter-attack and stop him from taking regular wickets then they have a strong chance of winning the Ashes.

It won't be an upset if England wins the Ashes. Although I still support Australia because English batsmen have never played Warne well and if he has the upper hand in the first test then the trend will continue.

Australia has Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne, players who can change a test match in a session. England's top-order should watch Laxman's and Dravid's 2001 Kolkata innings vs. Warne. That will give them an idea of playing Warne. Attack Shane Warne.

It will be an exciting, interesting, and record-breaking series.