Battle for Ashes begins tomorrow
Battle For Ashes Bbegins Tomorrow. Australia hope their impregnable record at the Gabba will help them seize early momentum as they bid to stop...
Sydney: Australia hope their impregnable record at the Gabba will help them seize early momentum as they bid to stop England completing their best Ashes run in 123 years from Thursday.
Michael Clarke’s team went down 3-0 just three months ago in England, leaving them in danger of losing four Ashes series in a row, a fate they have not suffered since 1890.
However, Australia now appear more settled and they will also take heart from their performances at Brisbane`s Gabba ground, where they are unbeaten in a quarter of a century.
Australia has not lost on the famously fast, bouncy pitch since 1988, against a Viv Richards-led West Indies, and England’s last win there was under Mike Gatting in 1986.
While history favours the hosts, a Brisbane victory by Alastair Cook`s England would deal psychological damage to a team trying to rebuild after a long slump.
However Australia, strengthening under coach Darren Lehmann, believe they may now be ready to end England’s run of wins in 2007, 2010-2011 and earlier this year.
England’s 3-1 victory in 2010-2011 was their first in Australia for 24 years, pointing to a much tighter contest than the July-August Tests.
24 Jan 2020 9:36 PM GMT