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A winter of England's discontent?

Mark Butcher, George Dobell and David Hopps join Jon-Harris Bass to discuss who'll make the tour party for Australia, and the latest decision for DRS.

September 19, 2013

Posted by 5wombats on (September 22, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

Australians here are talking up their chances - imagining that home advantage will give them the edge. But they did all this last time in 2010/11 and look what happened. Australians are good at talking up their chances - but it's up to us as to whether we believe them. I don't believe them, we shouldn't believe them. England's group of players is just better than Australia's. Period. Don't believe me? This group of Australian players is not as good as the 2010/11 Aussies - the core of that team went to England in 2009 and only lost because Ponting messed up his team selection at the Oval. The current Aussies have no Katich, Hussey, Ponting - people who could save Aussie with the bat - the current Aus batting looks worse than 2010/11, and that was bad enough. England meanwhile have a team full of players proven in Australia and in India. The England bowling is good - better and less injury prone than Aus bowling. I predict that England will win in Australia. I'm confident.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (September 20, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

Ben Stokes at No.6 in the England Test team is a really good idea. He is Definitely a better batting talent than Bairstow.

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