As-trant: McGrath believes Aussies can clean sheet

Henry

The first installment in the Ashes Series between England and Australia is sent off at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Friday, but as is customary, the volleys of war of words have long since been fired.

Australia’s victory in the final of the World Test Championship has given its supporters additional ammunition and according to Glenn McGrath, Pat Cummins’ team can make his voice quite thick.

“Although England’s fearless approach impresses me, Australia’s bowling attack is more than up to the task,” said the former fast bowler.

McGrath, who took 157 wickets in just 30 Tests against England in his playing days, believes that every Test can be a nail-biting affair.

“However, I am expected to say that Australia will clinch the series 5-0. And I don’t want to disappoint anyone.”

Many Australian cricket fans agree with McGrath – a bowling attack of Cummins, Scott Boland, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon could be the perfect counter to the aggressive game of the Englishmen.

“Under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum’s able supervision, England’s ultra-positive approach has worked – as evidenced by the 11 wins in the 13 Tests they have played. But against Australia, things can fall apart badly,” says former fast bowler Jason Gillespie.

In contrast, Michael Vaughan believes that the Bleekbene is, as it were, the heaviest child on the seesaw of this cricket playground.

“The history books will tell you that Australia last won in England in 2001. In 2019, with a similar team, they could only play in a draw against an average England team. Under Stokes, the home team is now significantly better and there are a few surprises waiting for the Aussies,” said the former captain.

Terms:

16 to 20 June: First Test at Edgbaston

June 28 to July 2: Second Test at Lord’s

6 to 10 July: Third Test at Headingley

19 to 23 July: Fourth Test at Old Trafford

27 to 31 July: Fifth Test at the Oval