Australia’s emphatic victory at the WACA Ground has them placed as favourites to reclaim the Ashes urn, Fox Sports cricket expert Mark Waugh says.
The 267-run win for Ricky Ponting‘s men in the third Ashes Test was made more remarkable by the fact the home side went into the match as massive underdogs.
“I think Australia will be slight favourites,” Waugh said.
“But there is still not much between these two teams.”
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Ricky Ponting leaves the field after being caught by Paul Collingwood in the slips.
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh believes current skipper Ricky Ponting will quit international cricket if he loses the captaincy.
Ponting, who made 12 on Thursday as Australia scored 268 all out in Perth, is under increasing pressure following his side’s poor start to the Ashes.
Waugh told the BBC’s Test Match Special it would be “very hard” for Ponting to continue if he was no longer captain.
“I don’t know what would motivate him in that situation,” added Waugh.
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“Mate, you’ve just dropped the World Cup” was the observation of Steve Waugh to Herschelle Gibbs at Headingley in 1999. It was a critical error by Gibbs, the catalyst for South Africa’s elimination and Australia’s subsequent triumph in that World Cup as Waugh went on to win that crucial game.
At Perth at 10.51am on Thursday a fate-tempting English version of that observation came to mind, “Colly, old chap, you’ve just caught the Ashes.” Paul Collingwood’s victim – with a bit of help from Jimmy Anderson, who had propelled the ball – was, of course, Ricky Ponting.
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Australia’s Test team is in panic mode.
Cricket has shown time and again that chopping and changing a side doesn’t work.
It reeks of uncertainty, with members of the team putting their own selection worries ahead of the group cause.
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For years in Ashes battles it was England who implemented the panicked changes as Australia cashed in.
But the roles have now well and truly reversed, and Australia is suffering the same demise that England experienced for much of the past 20 years.
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Steve Waugh occupied the No 6 position with much distinction. Image via Wikipedia
England have bested Australia in almost all aspects of the game in the first two Ashes Tests, but one area where the home team will feel particularly let down is the No.6 position in the batting line-up. Luminaries such as Steve Waugh, Allan Border and even the current captain, Ricky Ponting, have occupied that position with much distinction, but the current incumbent, Marcus North, isn’t a jot on those names.
On the other hand, England’s Ian Bell has fitted into that position superbly: his 76 at the Gabba was the highest score of England’s first innings and helped them achieve a semblance of respectability, while in Adelaide he took full advantage of an already demoralised Australian attack, helping himself to anunbeaten 68. So while Australia’s No.6 has mustered 49 runs in three innings in the series so far, England’s has scored 144 and been dismissed once.
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