The Ashes 2010-11 November 10, 2010

Ponting says England will struggle with Gabba pitch

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Ricky Ponting has warned England they will find it "hard to come to grips" with the Gabba pitch despite their extensive preparation for the Ashes. The tourists will have had three warm-up matches by the time they reach Brisbane for the first Test on November 25, but Ponting does not believe it will help them deal with the pace and bounce of the surface.

"With just a normal Brisbane wicket, visiting teams find it hard to come to terms with just how different it is up there," Ponting said in the Australian. England played in Perth over the weekend and start a match in Adelaide on Thursday, before their final warm-up in Hobart next week.

The tourists' first look at the Gabba will come on the opening day of the series. "Our record there is unbelievably good and we want to make sure we continue that on," Ponting said.

"There's been a lot made of England's preparation, the fact that they're here early and they're playing lots of games, but they don't play a match at the Gabba before the first Test. They'll definitely still find it hard to come to grips with what they're confronted with in Brisbane day one."

The pitch has caused lots of problems for batsmen this season with extra bounce and seam following an unusually wet spring. Queensland were dismissed by New South Wales for 75 and 96 in a Sheffield Shield game two weeks ago and Sri Lanka were knocked over for 115 in an ODI on Sunday.

Australia's last loss at the ground came against West Indies in 1988-89. "In my mind it's been the best cricket wicket in Australia for as long as I've been playing the game," Ponting said. "There's always something in it for everyone. The fast bowlers always get something out of it, it spins late in the game, and it's a great place to bat once you get in."

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  • RohanMarkJay on November 16, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    Yeah I second Phoenixsteve, Come on England! I think England can win this time, I think come the end of the summer, there is a good chance the wonderful game of Cricket's inventors will retain the urn, and aussies will once again be crying into their vegemite jars. Still I am not stupid enough to right off aussies on home soil. Especially if they have appalling saudi arabian desert type conditions with a hard sun baked pitch and 40+ degree temperatures. That said weather forecasters are predicting English like weather conditions meaning much over cast and rain at least till January known as a la nina event. Looks like for once the cricketing gods are favouring England. That is why England's cricketers have a good chance of retaining the Ashes in Australia like Mike Gatting's team did all those years ago in 1987. Good luck England!

  • phoenixsteve on November 13, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    @marcio IF Collingwood indeed said that ..... then he's an idiot! He probably won't even be in the side in 10years time! I'm a Colly fan - who is a stark contrast to many test circiketers who consistently 'punch under their weight' but I can't imagine him saying this? Sure, England would LIKE to dominate test cricket for 10, 20, 30 years or more..... but just beating the Aussies one ashes series at a time is enough for this England fan! My humble apologies to all the great test sides in world cricket IF Colly did say that! England are a good side at the moment and hopefully will beat a vulnerable Australia? Great? Not yet..... Come on England!

  • Marcio on November 11, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    I note Collingwood today said England was out to dominate test cricket for ten years, the way Australia did in recent years (Broad said the same). I wonder why there is no story on that? Now, who is the more delusional and arrogant? Ponting, who says Australia will do well on the Gabba, just like they have almost every game for the last 23 years (Including annihilating SL by 30 overs there a few days ago), or Collingwood, with a team that won both the ashes and the recent one day series, both by ONE WICKET in the games that ultimately decided the series, and at home. Oh, and they are ranked #3 or 4 in tests. But hey, please our northern friends! Spare Collingwood the roasting that will surely come for making a comment a thousand times more outrageous than the relatively mundane comment Ponting made. For some, no word is too neutral to let pass a tirade of hissing, belching, bitterness. What is the national fruit of the relevant nation? The lemon?

  • buckwright on November 11, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    I wish Aus would stop all this navel-gazing. The quicker they announce the team the better. As for the first test- I think Bollinger could do well, especially against England's top order. The top three will do well to stay around in the first 15 overs of their innings. If England don't want to lose the first test they need to bat patiently (not sure KP can do this though :-S)

  • Mitcher on November 11, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    If he wasn't busy being an international cricketer with better things to do I'd almost think Ponting said some of these things for nothing else than to see the hysterical response from shrieking Indian fans. Entertains me anyway. Methinks its not so much the English fans posting this puffed chest bravado as, even if they have a bit of confidence, they know how tough it is to win in Australia so wisely are keeping their powder dry for now. Difference being, Indians don't know what it takes to win in Australia, NEVER done it.

  • andysviews on November 11, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    masterblaster can't remember Gabba day one last time around! England wins toss and bowls. Harmison bowls to 2nd slip and game is over in 1st session!

  • on November 11, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    masterblaster1971. by the looks of it you don't know much about the gabba pitch either. the gabba test pitch is always a bat first pitch. just ask nassur husain

  • on November 11, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    mind games again from ponting,but there is a much stronger english batting line up with some quality fast bowlers in thier side , compare to england aussies hav inexperienced bowling attack, it woul be a test of nerves down under

  • Rooboy on November 11, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    lol can only laugh at the apoplectic indignation that emanates from the anti-Australian brigade every time an Australian cricketer opens his mouth. I'm sure if Punter said 'Hi my name is Ricky', even this would be construed as 'mind games'. Seriously guys, get over it. The fact that the poms are struggling against an average first class side on the featherbed Adelaide Oval, not to mention recent results from the GABBA, indicates that everything Ricky says is true. But hey, don't ever let facts get in the way of an anti-Aussie rant!

  • RohanMarkJay on November 11, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    Australian Captain Ricky Ponting telling his opposite number they have weopons of mass destruction. But like his twin looking brother former US president George W Bush, they probably don't exist. Thanks for the info Australian Capt George W Ponting I mean Ricky Ponting.

  • RohanMarkJay on November 16, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    Yeah I second Phoenixsteve, Come on England! I think England can win this time, I think come the end of the summer, there is a good chance the wonderful game of Cricket's inventors will retain the urn, and aussies will once again be crying into their vegemite jars. Still I am not stupid enough to right off aussies on home soil. Especially if they have appalling saudi arabian desert type conditions with a hard sun baked pitch and 40+ degree temperatures. That said weather forecasters are predicting English like weather conditions meaning much over cast and rain at least till January known as a la nina event. Looks like for once the cricketing gods are favouring England. That is why England's cricketers have a good chance of retaining the Ashes in Australia like Mike Gatting's team did all those years ago in 1987. Good luck England!

  • phoenixsteve on November 13, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    @marcio IF Collingwood indeed said that ..... then he's an idiot! He probably won't even be in the side in 10years time! I'm a Colly fan - who is a stark contrast to many test circiketers who consistently 'punch under their weight' but I can't imagine him saying this? Sure, England would LIKE to dominate test cricket for 10, 20, 30 years or more..... but just beating the Aussies one ashes series at a time is enough for this England fan! My humble apologies to all the great test sides in world cricket IF Colly did say that! England are a good side at the moment and hopefully will beat a vulnerable Australia? Great? Not yet..... Come on England!

  • Marcio on November 11, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    I note Collingwood today said England was out to dominate test cricket for ten years, the way Australia did in recent years (Broad said the same). I wonder why there is no story on that? Now, who is the more delusional and arrogant? Ponting, who says Australia will do well on the Gabba, just like they have almost every game for the last 23 years (Including annihilating SL by 30 overs there a few days ago), or Collingwood, with a team that won both the ashes and the recent one day series, both by ONE WICKET in the games that ultimately decided the series, and at home. Oh, and they are ranked #3 or 4 in tests. But hey, please our northern friends! Spare Collingwood the roasting that will surely come for making a comment a thousand times more outrageous than the relatively mundane comment Ponting made. For some, no word is too neutral to let pass a tirade of hissing, belching, bitterness. What is the national fruit of the relevant nation? The lemon?

  • buckwright on November 11, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    I wish Aus would stop all this navel-gazing. The quicker they announce the team the better. As for the first test- I think Bollinger could do well, especially against England's top order. The top three will do well to stay around in the first 15 overs of their innings. If England don't want to lose the first test they need to bat patiently (not sure KP can do this though :-S)

  • Mitcher on November 11, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    If he wasn't busy being an international cricketer with better things to do I'd almost think Ponting said some of these things for nothing else than to see the hysterical response from shrieking Indian fans. Entertains me anyway. Methinks its not so much the English fans posting this puffed chest bravado as, even if they have a bit of confidence, they know how tough it is to win in Australia so wisely are keeping their powder dry for now. Difference being, Indians don't know what it takes to win in Australia, NEVER done it.

  • andysviews on November 11, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    masterblaster can't remember Gabba day one last time around! England wins toss and bowls. Harmison bowls to 2nd slip and game is over in 1st session!

  • on November 11, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    masterblaster1971. by the looks of it you don't know much about the gabba pitch either. the gabba test pitch is always a bat first pitch. just ask nassur husain

  • on November 11, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    mind games again from ponting,but there is a much stronger english batting line up with some quality fast bowlers in thier side , compare to england aussies hav inexperienced bowling attack, it woul be a test of nerves down under

  • Rooboy on November 11, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    lol can only laugh at the apoplectic indignation that emanates from the anti-Australian brigade every time an Australian cricketer opens his mouth. I'm sure if Punter said 'Hi my name is Ricky', even this would be construed as 'mind games'. Seriously guys, get over it. The fact that the poms are struggling against an average first class side on the featherbed Adelaide Oval, not to mention recent results from the GABBA, indicates that everything Ricky says is true. But hey, don't ever let facts get in the way of an anti-Aussie rant!

  • RohanMarkJay on November 11, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    Australian Captain Ricky Ponting telling his opposite number they have weopons of mass destruction. But like his twin looking brother former US president George W Bush, they probably don't exist. Thanks for the info Australian Capt George W Ponting I mean Ricky Ponting.

  • jk.jeetukakwani on November 11, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    this is d best chance for a english team to beat australia in australia by far.australia by no means is d leader in world cricket like they used to be.they simply lost their ability to win from any situation n on d other hand england has a very gud settle unit. i m sure english will not come in pressure from pontings stupid pre ashes verbal comments.ponting might be 1 of d greatest batsman of this era but not a gentleman at all.he doesnt respect his opponents and absolute arrogant.we indians always love to see his face expression when he is lusing a match.he thinks only aussies has a right to rule world cricket but like rise has a fall his team is coming down rapidly.i m keen follower of australian domestic cricket but dont see any extra ordinary talent is coming up.aussies have 2 struggle more in future.all d best to english team

  • on November 11, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    Ponting's mouth is a lot bigger than his bat in recent times. He may be about to break the Australian record of no losses at this ground since 1988-89. On the other hand, I am for any team that's trying to beat the c*ap out of England.

  • scott_menck on November 11, 2010, 2:08 GMT

    The only english Bowler who has an average for bowling at the Gabba is J Anderson who averages 96. Australia yet to lose a Game here in 23 years. England always has a chance but a realistic attitude going in for them has to be a Draw.

  • elephasMaximus on November 11, 2010, 1:57 GMT

    Absolutely enjoying the build-up to what should be such a defining series for Australian Cricket! Er, not exactly the way Punter and Pup would like to think. The talks obviously will heat up a lot more in the next 14 days that are left until the first bowl gets delivered - punter and pup talking down the poms and dare not back up the team-mates speaks a lot more than anything else will. I smell fear! I smell nerves! I smell blood! I smell a brand new chapter, a brand new low for Australia, here's raising a toast to all of this.

  • Biggus on November 11, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    @ainkbrad-Incidentally, why do you always post in CAPITALS mate? Don't you know internet posting conventions mean that you are SHOUTING at us, and that's usually considered poor form. It's also more strain on the eyes to read. No offense intended, I'm just assuming you don't know. Cheers!

  • sawifan on November 11, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    @masterblaster1971, while i agree it is going to be the tightest Ashes in Oz for some time, i think you should know your recents stats a bit better. Ponting, three scores in the 70's in his last four test innings. Not the worst form i've ever seen. Ponting to ton-up in Brisbane! Here's hoping for a entertaining series, regardless of the result.

  • on November 11, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    Stick it up em Ponting!!!!!!

  • RJHB on November 11, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    All true but the Poms also have some good, tall fast bowlers themselves that would love pace and bounce. Love the mind games Punter, though you're not in the class of Warne or McGrath in that category. Might be best at the moment though to just be quiet until the deeds are again matching the words!

  • on November 11, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    hey Mr Ponting last time India played in perth you said Shaun Tait will be tearing fast and he will bowl at 160 +.

    What happened there was that he was clobbered like anything and he was in such a state of mind that he contemplated retirement.

    he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he yaarl bhajji se fast bowling kar lo WACA mein woh poori australian team ko 20 run pe out kar dega

  • Marcio on November 11, 2010, 0:17 GMT

    One has to wonder why there is so much hatred in the hearts of a certain cricket nation's supporters (it is not permissible to name them or the post never gets up, but those same posters are freely permitted to post their Australia bashing, seemingly without moderation). Australia just thrashed SL at the Gabba. That just might have something to do with Ponting's comment. Meanwhile Stuart Broad says England is aiming for extended world domination, are far more ridiculous claim, and nobody says a thing. Maybe its time the haters took a deep breath and asked themselves why all this hate is necessary anytime Ponting offers a positive assessment of his team's chances of winning. I for one will be rooting for him. I am sick and tired of reading the bitter and petty nonsense on any article about Ponting. Grow up.

  • on November 11, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    Nice one Ricky. Talk about heaping pressure on your team to win the first test while relieving any pressure on England. Lose the first game and Aus team will feel like they have no chance of winning the rest of the tests!

  • Biggus on November 10, 2010, 23:58 GMT

    @anikbrad-The reason that the GABBA wicket is usually considered a great wicket is that the advantages of the side bowling last (and therefore batting first in most cases) are balanced by the problems encountered by batting first. The Brisbane wicket has been unusually lively this season due to late season rain. The curator of the ground is widely considered to be the best down here and I would be surprised if he delivered a really dodgy wicket for the Test. It's usually considered ideal if the strip there is a little hairy for the first session but starts to flatten out a bit during the second. This all seems to suggest bowling first but that's usually an error as the pitch is usually pretty good to bat on by half way through the day but the top order of the side batting first will be challenged early. Hope this helps.

  • EasyE on November 10, 2010, 23:53 GMT

    Hey Punter, Have you noticed how your vice captain struggles on difficult pitches too?

  • on November 10, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    i am backing to win this series england don't have the fire power to worry the aussies, swann will be the man if he gets right as for anderson,board and finn this is not london,i remember how ordinary you look in the west indies

  • on November 10, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    Ricky always think out of the box....:p

  • knowledge_eater on November 10, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    @JigneshPatel_007 lol haha You are my hero.

  • knowledge_eater on November 10, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    I still haven't decided whom to support this time ! I had been supporting players individually, but this time I want to support whole team. Will decide soon! Tough decision this time !! haha

  • 123papafrita on November 10, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    "The pitch has caused lots of problems for batsmen this season with extra bounce and seam following an unusually wet spring. Queensland were dismissed by New South Wales for 75 and 96 in a Sheffield Shield game two weeks ago and Sri Lanka were knocked over for 115 in an ODI on Sunday."

    Very interesting piece of information, the english better watch out, the aussies have a god record there, they lost the first ashes test there last series in Australia by 300 or so runs... despite everyone being negative about Australia and that its not the same team from 4 years ago, I believe we can still do it. Ponting took a break from the last ODI agaist Sri Lanka and as we know, when Ponting takes breaks, it betters his mood and imprves and comes back fresh! GO AUSTRALIA!!!!!!

  • on November 10, 2010, 21:53 GMT

    I do not care who wins of who looses in Ashes. My subject is slightly different. I am going to talk about current talk in cricekt world and that is "Match Fixing". My argument is, do only bookies cause this to happen? I sincerely feel thatthey and players are not the only ones that do that. There are other factors which affect the results of the match, too. That is COERCION. Austrailia has always coerced the umpires to shift the balance of the game in the past and are still doing it currently. In my honest opinion that is open match fixing. Putting the umpires in your pocekt to win the game is nothing short of fixing the matches. Even the subject we are on right now can also be viewed in the same light. Ponting is trying to instill fear in opponents mind. That is not cricket. If you want to use strategy to win the game, why cant he use it in the field by good batting, bowling or fielding. Working on peoples mind including the umpires should be treated as Match Fixing.

  • on November 10, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    @AnikBrad, its just plain old hypocrisy when it comes to judging players or teams. For eg., you'll never hear anyone saying that Dennis Lillee was not a legend despite the fact that he got a grand total of 6 wickets outside of australia, england and new zealand. Similarly people are ready to accept Ponting as a legend despite him never doing anything when it mattered or when his team was under pressure.

    Now switch your focus to the sub continent. Why do you think there's such an outcry about India being no.1 or Murali being the greatest spinner of all time or the allegations on Sachin not 'winning' enough matches. Its just the hypocrisy man, hopefully things will change for the better. :)

  • masterblaster1971 on November 10, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    I just can't wait for England to win the toss and bowl first. Ricky, you will eat your words! You shouldn't set yourself up like that, now you will have to go out and make a ton and in your present form that might be a little difficult.

  • seek1 on November 10, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    Talking non sense before a test series is not new to Aussies. I think Ponting is having sleepless nights as they are on a losing streak from few months.......Don't worry Ponting, Australia's Golden era in cricket came to an end when Mc Grath and Warne retired 3 yrs ago....

  • on November 10, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    Not a snowball chance in hell poms will find it hard facing the likes of siddle and wayward johnson.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on November 10, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    I am again saying that Ricky will never stop mind games. If he changes then some miracles have happened. As long as the pitch is not to any of the extremes(flat or bouncy) it should be good enough to play on. Some readers are fighting about picthes and main point is what is the need for Ricky to give such mind game statements. My intention is not to discourage Aus team but his team already lost so many matches and when is he going to realise?

  • Jaggadaaku on November 10, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    @ ichymochek, You are right, I notice since the Punter became a captain, and the D/L Method activated in cricket, Australian always choose batting when they won the toss. That means the pitch is not playing any part in any score, but intention of playing. If you want to make runs, you will make it on the even dirt ground or on the beach. Another example- Virender Sehwag and Adam Gilchrist can play their own ODI style cricket in Tests on any ground, no-pitch creates any problem for them. Once Virender Sehwag made 319 runs in just 309 balls, where in the same match and same innings, Rahul Dravid made 100 runs in 293 balls. In Ahmedabad's pitch, Virender Sehwag made 173 runs in 186 balls, Rahul made only 17 from first 100 balls in same match and same innings. So, bottom line is pitch is not the issue, but intention of playing is the main issue. Or May be the pitch plays a very small role in cricket, which is not so important. Only these commentrators & stupid columnists created its fear.

  • Jaggadaaku on November 10, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    @ anikbrad & Ponting, You said Qunisland got out under 100 runs twice, but other team played comfortably and made runs without any problem. So, what does it mean? It doesn't mean the pitch is problematic. If both of the team got out under 100 runs in all innings, then you can say the pitch is no good. You know the whole world know this guy-Punter who always speak non-sense and bullshits before every series starts. He even speak too much non-sense earlier (Few Months) giving statement as 5-0 Win is possible in this Ashes series, which issue got controversial that time. Because he did not even played any match yet and dreaming to win all 5 test matches, he did not say he will try to win all matches. Today if they would play the Ashes with Zimbabwe or Bangladesh, I doubt, they would win all 5 games. Because we are talking about "Test" matches where 5 results (Win, Loose, Draw, Tie, Abbandoned) are possible, moreover; they have to all out opposition twice to win a single match.

  • phoenixsteve on November 10, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    @ANIKBRAD... you should be thankful that Cricinfo publishes the OPINIONS of so many what you call " Experts"! Some of them make good reading and it's nice to hear what others think! Fortunately.... most of us are free to express our opinions and we have past generations to thank for this! COME ON ENGLAND!

  • phoenixsteve on November 10, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    All this pre-Ashes banter is fun! Most of it anyhow - some is quite ignorant and offensive! (you know who you are!) It's healthy and natural for Mr Ponting to be trying to get England on ther back foot BEFORE a ball has been bowled! This time round though I don't think we are at all concerned and we'll let our team do the talking! England have a great chance but they have to play well against what is still a good Oz side. The 'Old enemy' will have a great sporting nation backing them - at least until they lose a test or two? It seems that many of the Sub-continent fans are dissing both teams out of hand! IMHO the test scene is very open at present Sri Lanka and India being worthy of higher ranking. As for Pakistan who knows? It's a gamble in all sorts of ways.... I just wish these test cricketing 'newboys' would keep their prejudices to themselves? Whether you support either Ashes team or not - PLEASE respect the contest and it's tradition! Good luck KP, Bell & Colly COME ON ENGLAND!

  • on November 10, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    truely...aussies' record on gabba track is awesome...Midge as spearhead with Dougy & Hilfy/Sid...demolish top order of english batting lineup...

  • balapdkt on November 10, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    This is absolute nonsense talk; don't talk about pitches talk about form of your team player. The pitch is going to assist Englishmen too. Typical diversion tactics by the OZ

  • reggie2rock on November 10, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Agreed that Aussies have an 'unbelievable' track record at the Gabba, but this England team, mind you, is a very strong one infact one of the strongest one in the last 5-7 years to have toured Australia. So, Punter and team, you have got a very different challenge this time - a pretty solid English batting line-up and a more-than-apt bowling attack, watch out your game this time!!!

  • deepmetal on November 10, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    @Anikbrad Because it is frustrating to play on pitches with low bounce. Even for a batsman it is a test of skill of patience to survive on a bouncy pitch. It is thrilling and exhilarating. Needless to say that it is a heaven for bowlers. On the contrary flat pitches with low bounce are demoralizing for both batsman and bowlers.. At least thats how I felt when I played competitive cricket. I had to play on the flat pitches of Gujarat just for the heck of finishing the game in hot conditions in April !! Never liked a bit.

  • avis1001 on November 10, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    Did punter say the similar thing before he toured India recently?

  • kumarcoolbuddy on November 10, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    Looks like Ricky trying to play mind game. Ricky ponting will never change.

  • Lovetesh on November 10, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    @anikbrad: Well Said. Totally Agree with you. It's same Ponting which threaten to lodge a complaint against Mumbai Pitch on 2003-04 tour when Aus shot out for 100 on fourth inning. And now he is praising a pitch where a team got out for below hundred in both innings. I guess if Aus got out for less than 100 Ponting will again be complaining about pitch rather than praising English bowlers or admitting his team is crap now.

  • Kannamma on November 10, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    Ricky save your words. There is no Mcgrath,Gillespie or Lee. Your present set of bowlers can not even match the the English Pacers. Your team is a dead duck.

  • anikbrad on November 10, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    BRISBANE -great pitch as it has bounce and QLD got out on 76 and 90 Both INNGS. when same teams comes to sri and india THEY AND ALL COMMENTATOR SAY PITCHES ARE SUBSTANDARD AND A DUST BOWL AND THEY SCORE AT LEAST 150 - 180 EVEN ON FOURTH INN AND ITS A BAD PITCH WITH LOW BOUNCE AND SPIN. I STILL DONT UNDERSTAND CRICKET AFTER 28 YEARS OF WATCHING AT LEAST 200 TEST AND AND ATLEAST 400 ODI WHY LOW SPIN BOWN AND DUST BOWLS WITH TEAM GETTING OUT ON 120 IS POOR PITCH AND THEY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED AND TEAMS GETTING OUT ON 70-80 ON FIRST INNG IS GREAT WICKET WITH GOOD BOUNCE AND GRASS LIKE DURBUN, DUNEDIN, CRISTCHURCH, BRISBANE OLD SABAINA PARK AND OLD PERTH. CAN ANY ONE TELL ME WHY AS THERE ARE MANY CRICKECTING EXPERTS IN CRICINFO ( I HOPE). ANY ANS ????

  • Dr.K.H.Iyer on November 10, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    Well, I am from India! For me Ashes is just another tournament; this time around! No Flintoff, Gilchrist , McGrath..........it is not that interesting! But What I can say is this! Graeme Swann is the key for England ! Unless Ponting performs, it will be an even fight! If Ponting is on fire, the English stand no chance b'coz the OZ are on home turf!

  • Herbet on November 10, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    So hang on, the pitch will be a bit green, damp and seem around. And this favours Australia? I'm lost.

  • on November 10, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Mate, Can you stop playing mind games and start playing some serious cricket. I dont think any of your predecessors have played this sort of mind games as you are doing. What England has done is preparation for regaining of ashes...better you folks do that than talk. You worry abt taking 20 wickets and they will worry abt keeping them. You dont have to cook for them..OK.

  • on November 10, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    i m not sure what point is Ricky trying to state. He should know that the Aussies are more susceptible to Swing. One more thing Ricky, the pitch will be the same for both teams, if the England batsmen fail, then I m sure the Aussies will fall as PINS.

  • on November 10, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    Sorry Punter old son, but your record was unbelieveably good at Lord's; until you played the current England team and you got beaten.

    Records are there to be broken and I believe this England team can do it! So, more importantly, do they.

  • 3rd_man on November 10, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    I think Ponting just try to play mind games here. he completely forget his own teams performances last few tours. I think England got very good pace bowling unit when compared to Australia and also more confident looking batting line up than Australians. I personally feel England got the edge over Aussie on this wicket. Specially Ponting will find difficult to bat on that wicket, cos recently his pull and hook shots not working for him. I think he also got a problem with his foot work. so its all bad news for Ponting.

  • on November 10, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    @Mattis, hating them coz they're good? Ppl hate them because of their arrogance. @auscantlosenoway, thats another one of the long list of excuses aussie fans come up with. Good going :)

    As far as the pitch being difficult for the englishmen, i hope there's some help for the aussies, atleast it'll make the matches a little interesting. Neither is a great team, but England has better balance in the bowling dept.

  • muski on November 10, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    Come on Poms- This is the right time to give the hapless Aussies a sound trashing so that they are dead and buried for quite some time.That will also mean adieu to a great player who was never endearing to cricket lovers all over the world.

  • phoenixsteve on November 10, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    Interesting talk from Punter! He's managing to put this under pressure Aussie side under even more pressure - which has to be good from an England perspective. Some of the reader comments are hilariously unrealsitic and I hope reader Damian Chandler is kinder to his guide dog...... It's going to be a great series and may the best team win! COME ON ENGLAND!

  • krik.lover on November 10, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    Punter is providing great tips to England. Sounds Great!!!!! "Gabba....Bouncy surface! hard to come to grips!" So, prepare accordingly.

  • on November 10, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    now aussies need the help of even pitches to win matches

  • on November 10, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    now aussies need pitches to win matches......

  • on November 10, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    What kind of a funny message is this!! Ponting you don't realize perhaps that there's no more pidge, warny, gilly or haydos to give you the cakewalks you have had in past. Nor is there the fiery binga in the team now. The only assets you have are notch, doug, huss, and watto to some extent. Man you got to save your face first, I'm afraid if this could be the long awaited loss-at-home in Ashes for aussies!!

  • aa61761 on November 10, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Both teams are mediocre, but England has Swann. 3-1 England.

  • ichymochek on November 10, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    Interesting because can anyone tell me the last time Ponting won the toss & bowled first? I can't remember him EVER not batting first, so here's hoping he wins the toss, predictably bats, & they are 5 or 6 down by lunch like they were against the Pakis last year (before the fix came in).. go the Poms.. Broad & Swann are the match-winners & Strauss has to do the business with the bat because we know Cook will get out for a pittance & Pietersen is as erratic as they come.. but the Aussie attack is the worst it's been for a long time. Nathan hauritz wouldn't get ME out.

  • safwan_Umair on November 10, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    sadly this time around, ponting doesnt have the bowling to back his words...... Johnson, siddle and hilfenhaus?? decent bowlers, but they arnt mcgrath and lee! what is he boasting about?

  • WilliamFranklin on November 10, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    Just the same old Aussie type comments, only this time there is the underlying concern that England may just be up to it this time.

  • Dan_Varma on November 10, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    I think the aussies are not going to bat, they will only bowl, that way England players will struggle with Gabba pitch.. ha ha ...nice one Ponting

  • on November 10, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    who are their 3 top line quicks. anderson who struggled to land it on the pitch last time in australia. finn looks like he will struggle with our conditions already. broad. he is just an over rated pie chucker

  • on November 10, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    its just a tricky statement, just to put xtra pressure on Strauss n co.

  • Aussasinator on November 10, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    The Gabba pitch will be most difficult for Ricky Ponting mainly to bat on, since it has pace and bounce, as he says !:)

  • BobFleming on November 10, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    How does this equate with Ponting's complaints about England "doctoring" the Oval wicket in 09?

  • on November 10, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Its over for ricky a££ways over for aus Eng is a good i think Eng white wash to aus 5-0

  • on November 10, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Its over for ricky a££ways over for aus Eng is a good i think Eng white wash to aus 5-0

  • on November 10, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    In the present scenario, McGrath's prediction is indeed too optimistic, but hoping that it would come true.

  • Anup82 on November 10, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    hmm seems things have started to spice up......apart from verbals, I hope the Ausies and the English show us some good contest between bat and ball and keep us interested till last day of last test!!!

  • Fifthman on November 10, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    @Mr Facebook 5-0...

    McGrath did predict a 5-0 for Australia before the 2005 Ashes and what happened? Yup, England regained the Ashes 2-1.

    I think you're referring to the 2006-7 Ashes, which was Pidge's and Warney's swansong. That won't happen again, or if it does it will be 5-0 to England.

  • Rameshn007 on November 10, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    Arrogance Personified ....and some ppl taking pride in that :)...what a different world ...

  • silly_mid_on on November 10, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    The first test will be over on the third day, but it could go either way.

  • diri on November 10, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    The aussies time of dominating is over!! Ever since South Africa beat them in 2008 they have steadly declined.....sad but true

  • gargi_vizag on November 10, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    i agree with Ponting....England wud have 2play their best cricket to avoid losing at Brisbane......my money on Aussies to win the opening test and the series

  • mecrazy on November 10, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    I find it very strange that Ponting would think England will struggle on a pitch with pace and bounce. While i think the opposite is true. England don't have the most potent pace pace attack, but they are fairly experienced. So on a pitch that assist the fast bowlers plus the experience from the England pace attack, it looks to me that England will have the edge in the bowling department. And because the extra pace and bounce is "unusual", because of the wet season, then the batting on both sides needs to adapt to it. So i don't see how that gives England a disadvantage, except that its Aus home ground. Even Mr Swann flourished on pitches with bounce, so if it starts turning than he can be quite a handful. We saw that in South Africa. I can see Ponting eating his words after the Gabba test.

  • Ifraz_Salih on November 10, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    I do agree with Ricky on his comments.. Cos we have seen in the past that most of the teams had struggled in Gabba ( for example more recently the Sri Lanka Team i.e all out for 115 ). I think the ACB has done it purposefully so that the confidence of the England Team can be affected from there onwards. Gabba has certainly played in favour of Australia in the past. Hence the England team need to be aware of the conditions before hand.

  • mickeyscan on November 10, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    .."Queensland were dismissed by New South Wales for 75 and 96 in a Sheffield Shield game two weeks ago .."

    Wow, were all those Queensland players English???

  • on November 10, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    Australians are always the first to start the so called mind games.. McGrath says they will win 5-0!!! and that too at a time when they lost against Pakistan and were whitewashed against India.. Ponting, its time for you to concentrate on your team and game now!!

  • Chapelau on November 10, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    sounds like our friend Punter is worried if he is resorting to fear uncertainty and doubt about a pitch that in any case sounds like it will suit England's bowlers very nicwely.

  • YorkshirePudding on November 10, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    It just seems as if ponting is trying to psyche out england, to be honest if its a nice green wicket that seams and bounces then Anderson, Finn and Broad should be licking thier lips at the prospect of playing there, especially considering how McKay played int he last ODI. Swann might not play too much of a part in the game but it remains to be seen how the pitch will change over the next 2 weeks.

  • Beertjie on November 10, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    I guess its the way Ponting "deals" with the media pressure that will play a part in the assessment of his leadership. I agree with @landl47 about his mindset - that's why he's upping the ante. Purely to deflect attention from his own critics. Heck, he can't appear to be taking this Ashes thing in Oz too seriously and yet that's exactly what's happening - hence the deflecting. I just hope all the batsmen can do their deflecting bit at the Gabba itself! Also, why suggest to England that they should pick the hit-the-deck Tremlett rather than Finn? Is that bravado or stupidity? In any case, as many have written, he should know when to speak, but being the gung-ho type so used to Aussie domination, this is what he comes up with. Absolutely pathetic! (Still here's to victory, somehow)

  • on November 10, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    One should remember that australia almost won at mohali Test Vs Ind and in melbourne ODI vs SL . It is not easy to score runs against Bollinger,Ryan Harris,Shaun Tait.I remember that they won 2-0 vs west indies and won 3-0 vs pakistan and won almost all one days and T20 s last summer on Australian soil.They even won the test series in Newzealand 3-0 this april and odi series in NZ.So still australia are my favorites to win.I would be surprised if england wins.

  • on November 10, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Mind games nowadays have lost their place. Cricketers nowadays are mentally tough and do not succumb to such tripe. Time will tell who will struggle, however, if anybody has anything to lose, it is definitely Ponting.

  • on November 10, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    is the wicket a member of the Australian team these days? Or if I remember rightly both teams have to play on it hmmmmmmmm

  • elephasMaximus on November 10, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    Haha! Ricky decides to bring the pitch into play to try and scare off the English - he sure doesn't have the 11 to make any impression, what a very talented, very bright kid!

  • bkraks21 on November 10, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Typical Aussie arrogance. Mr Pointing, your batsman would struggle too. They are not the greatest in the world.

  • cricket_ftw on November 10, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    sure english players willl struggle. And so do the australians ... In bouncy conditions broad and anderson are good too ... But its advantage aussies....

  • on November 10, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    Sure Ricky, didnt you say the same thing just before South Africa beat you there, in fact you lost both the test and odi series when we toured there

  • on November 10, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    It sad how all the Aussie-Haters are so jealous. Don't hate them just cause they are good. You're probably the same people that said McGrath was talking nonsense in 2005 by predicting 5-0, but it came true then. Who's to say Ponting's 5-0 prediction won't happen this time?

  • on November 10, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    This pitch will probably see KP battle against Mighty Mitch and i guess KP will not get past 20 runs.

  • Nadeem1976 on November 10, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    Stop ponting stop. Dont discuss whats pitch gona do. Discuss what you and your players are going to do. If you are going to do as usual business and maintaing 50 average then please dont even talk. If you really want to talk then talk on the pitch with bat and show us what Bradman did and what other legends of 1990 and 2000 did. Show something special, we dont care about Pitch facts. Give these facts to bookies and match fixers. We as cricket lovers wants some good cricket and australia is finding selection hard. All your main bowlers are injured and you are talking about pitch. Show some guts ponting and play some good cricket. Please.

  • sravi8888 on November 10, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    from being a formidable team of action, the oz's have made themselves into nothing but a team of false words!

  • Jaggadaaku on November 10, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    After getting 3 defeats of test matches in row, Ponting's mouth sewed, and did not speak any non-sense before the Australia-Srilanka series started. But there is saying in India "if you bury the dog's tail in the land for several years and after take it out, it would still be the same, and as bent before". Mr. Ponting has started his pre-series non-sense (Bullshit) again. Because the dogs tail === Pointing. Few months ago he said "5-0 Win can be possible in this coming Ashes series" (MAY BE IN YOUR LOVELY SLEEP AND DREAM) and now this bullshit about pitch warning. So, Mr. Dog's Tail, quit playing with your tougue, and show us the real cricket without any non-sense and bullshits in this Ashes series.

  • BulBul_Pak on November 10, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    Mitchell Starc would be the real surprise for english batsmen..

  • TATTUs on November 10, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    They will Ricky, but what about your batsmen? I think and want Australia to win this one.

  • Cricketer2010 on November 10, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    Dear Ponting, I am a big fan of u, but i think this is the time to perform rather than making such big claims after losing Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka, if England can manage to put put some decent total on board then definately it will be your side who will be on losing side, so be careful...........

  • on November 10, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    hmmm....mind games are started again...i dont knw about Rankings and ratings..but Australia must be on Top of ratings for playing mindgames before and during a series...But, i doubt that this will work now for them...

  • on November 10, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    Oh Ricky, you're sounding more & more like a desperate man.

  • on November 10, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    For future Ashes tours, can we please have a moratorium on pre-Ashes mental games more than a week before the matches? The rest of the world is sick of this Punch and Judy sniping at each other that too with still 2 weeks to go for the first ball to be bowled.

  • aussiescantlosenoway on November 10, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    I think Australia is deliberately trying to lose since last few months, so that England will under-estimate them during the Ashes.

    Ponting is a genius and we all know he plans things millions of years ahead of the time, won't be surprised to see English team all out under 100 in every innings of Ashes.

  • on November 10, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    ya its true what ponting is saying eng. r definately going 2 loose their match here in 4 days .so all folks wanting 2 make money bet on aussies and make merry.

  • on November 10, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    I believe this is yet another ongoing, continuous & nonsense piece of interview by an Australian player in order to pressurize England before the Gabba Test. Well I would say to England that take advantage of a good/long warm session and show Australia what are you made of.

  • Dan_Varma on November 10, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    These things can be said after the ashes Mr.Ponting. We have witnessed all you statements from last July and none of them were predicted correct. There have been many records broken recently all against Australia under you leadership. If you can at least win this series we can show our faces to the cricket world. More over this series is between the worlds 4 and 5 best teams. Best Wishes.

  • Amjad_Bukhari on November 10, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    be careful Punter, Aussies r not doing well at present nd i want to see an Aussies victory over England. If you do well in GABA, ur chances will be more surely. But Eng r also a setteled side at present and they may fire. attack english with four seamers and i suggest Mitchell, Hilfenhaus, Siddle and Bollinger. Hauritz is not effective option.

  • moinilyasneral on November 10, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Isn't it just typical of the waning Aussies to make their usual "predictions and observations" before an important series...I feel that if England are going to have problems at the Gabba, that is for them to find out first hand thru experiencing the pitch during the match...these "scare" tactics of Aus have recently failed badly, still the chink Ricky makes his comments..in any case, who made him the "nanny"or coach of Eng..he should also comment that Eng fast bowlers will probably bother him with his failing pull shot, but no, that would be very "non arrogant Aussie" of him.

    Cricinfo, please post my comments..at least 75% are rejected/ignored by you.

  • on November 10, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Yeah Yeah Ricky......................................................

  • Lovetesh on November 10, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    Ponting may be right this time. But English fast bowling attack is as good as Aussies this time plus they have a spinner in Swann while Aus has none. So its a warning to his team as well.

  • on November 10, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    Easier Said than done I guess.....But whtever Punter says, U need good fast bowlers to utilize the pace and bounce of the wicket, good spinners to find the right areas and right lengths and very good batsmen to adapt and sustain the test of time all of which the Aussies currently do not possess but England possess.. Good Luck mate !

  • on November 10, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    Oh I see, Ponting has claimed his bunnies.It is the entire English team. Looks from his comment that NSW should be playing England or maybe he was suggesting, England plays at the Gabba and then when Australia bats, they fly down to Sydney. I also forgot, Steve Finn and Broad are about 4 feet tall. What say, Punter? Oh yeah, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 115 in a dead rubber..hmmm

  • Nothing_Lost_For_Ever on November 10, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    Dear Punter, there is a saying india 'Work more talk less'. Please concentrate on the things head. Do not be so optimestic, you are not leading the sides of 3-4 years back.

  • mikey76 on November 10, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    Loving Pontings gamesmanship! They definitely are clutching at straws. Considering we have the pace attack to take advantage of the bounce in the Gabba pitch and Australia don't with their medium pacers Siddle & Hilfenhaus and the buffet bowling of Johnson. It also turns on the 4th and 5th day which suits Swann too, it's not like we don't have bouncy pitches in England either, Old Trafford has been the fastest wicket in the world for the last few years now. The Aussies are worried, for the first time in a generation they are the ones in dissaray and I'm loving it!

  • MinusZero on November 10, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Records are made to be broken.

  • on November 10, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    I just can't wait to see Arrogant English once again get humiliated defeat and becomes humble again.......25th November tooooooooooooo late

  • landl47 on November 10, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    Ricky needs to worry about the fact that Australia's batsmen and bowlers haven't been getting the job done. If he's hoping that England will fail, rather than that Australia will succeed, he's on the defensive right from the start. That's a bad mindset to be taking into a test match.

  • on November 10, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    Dear Brother Pointing, please try to improve your game and team spirit before warning any team. When your team itself in sad state after losing test matches and ranking still your are not ashamed of your position and ready to warn your opponent. It has been a long time since we have seen you scoring a test and ODI century. Please take some guidance from your former captain steven waugh to guide Australian team to win some series and picking a good team as well. So once again kindly don't give any such statements untill your team reaches to No.1 rank in Tests.

  • on November 10, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    Be carefull Mr. Ponting because if Gaba will have seam and bounce then your team was badly struggling at England against Pakistani fast bowlers. best of luck England.

  • on November 10, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    Bravado and intimidation? This is what the once mighty Aussies have to resort to on home soil? The English should take this as a good sign. Same pitch two teams, the toss will be important. Not like the Aussies have some kind of magic antidote to pace and bounce. It will boil down to which side's pace attack fires. My money is on Anderson and Broad (not to mention Swann). Generally, I like to see both Australia and England be soundly trashed, this time I hope the hosts get a few in the ribs. Would love to see Aus 5 or 6 down by lunch on day one!

  • on November 10, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    swanney is gonna crush aussies in gabba...

  • perl57 on November 10, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Very childish on Ricky's part to say this. Until now, they had McGrath and Warne to select an opposition player and keep them in stress. You just cannot use the sane tactic for a millennium. For example, whenever they came to India, they selected an important player and fell flat on their bottoms. Now Ricky is going a step further to say that England will struggle in Gabba. As though it is a WACA pitch. Grow Up!! Ricky. Will ya. Even if the Englishers come up with 300 score, that would be enough to get the Oz out for 100. Anderson, Stuart broad are more than handy and their spin department is very conventional. So Ricky....be ready to resign....

  • on November 10, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    he said india wud be beaten by australia 2-0 and look wat happened. he is just mighty scared!!! and who assured him that he wud win the toss and wud be able to put ENgalnd into bat.What is the reverse happens.i would like to see how AUssies cope up wid the swing and seam of anderson & co :)

  • Marcio on November 10, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    Unfortunately history doesn't mean much out in the middle. You either play well or you don't This Aussie team seems to have defied history quite a lot lately - unfortunately in all the wrong ways, like losing a series to SL for the first time on home soil, permitting a WR 140 run 10th wicket stand to lose a game they were winning easily, etc. If anything the wet in Brisbane will help England more than Aust. I'm sure Broad and Anderson will enjoy a seaming wicket in Brisbane more than straighter tracks in Adelaide, Perth etc. Having said all that, Aust. should win the series if they don't crunmble mentally. However this is exactly what they have been doing so much lately, which is very un-Australian. I should also point out that they have had an unusual no. of v. close losses, which in some degree has been rotten luck. Maybe things will turn around.

  • Nerk on November 10, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    I really wish Ponting wouldn't say stuff like this. It seems that everytime he tries to play a mind game it backfires big time. (Think South Africa in 2008.) Ponting just needs to keep his mouth shut and focus on scoring runs. Thats what he is best at.

  • gokart on November 10, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    As usual arrogant Ricky Ponting has started the mind games ahead of Ashes. Any how his team is going to be thrashed by in-form England. England can be underdogs like India when India beat Australia in Australia to level the test series and won the One day series. All the best England

  • sweepercover on November 10, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    Not sure about the England team, but I found you are struggling at your home ground down in Tassie. Why don't you just shut up and try to catch some form?

  • on November 10, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    i agree with him. it won't swing unless it's a green top and kevin mitchell junior won't be producing a green top

  • aps_amrit on November 10, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    typical aussie mind games.......... lol Even johnson said something related to short balls before indian series but he got wrecked.

    the truth is that no other players except sachin, laxmaz etc play with the true spirit of sportsmanship

  • soorajiyer on November 10, 2010, 3:01 GMT

    Now a days a little too much is being spoken. Can we please start the series.. Cant wait for it to start :) Go Ricky go!

  • on November 10, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    It is unfortunate Ponting has chosen to warn the visiting England about Gabba pitch.It may be out of the frustration of their recent black wash in India and the drubbing by Sri Lanka in the one day matches. It is true the dominance of Australia in the world cricket is fast coming down. England, as of date, is one of the best test teams. Instead of preparing to regain Ashes, Ponting issues threats. The world does not forget how they have faced Indians in India. England has very fair chance to retain the Ashes. It should play positive cricket, should play their natural game and should not take undue risks.

  • on November 10, 2010, 2:53 GMT

    Australia were just bounced out by SL and still Ponting has the guts to say that England will have a tough time on the gabba wicket. If I was ponting, I would have asked for a sub-continental kind of pitch to save the face(literally) of cricket Australia!

  • aussies_thebest on November 10, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    Yes Ponting is right, England will struggle at the GABBA. but i want to see AUSSIES bowl first and get the maximum out of the pitch on day 1. England will struggle at the GABBA because of the bounce. in my opinion AUSSIES must play 3 fast bowlers and one spinner as they have shane watson who can fill in the role of 4th fast bowler and he is very handy. In my opinion who ever wins the first test will win the series, and i am backing AUSSIES to win the first test and to win the series. GO AUSSIES.

  • elephasMaximus on November 10, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    Ricky, stats mean nothing! I thought you would have learnt this by now! To me the Australian Cricket team appears nervous as hell! Ricky drops off the last one day aganist SL to prepare for the up-coming series (this was planned three months ago, sure), Hussey blows hot and cold, Johnson gets another tatoo and continues to start his spell with a wide, Clarke has to claim to the world he is indeed 'well respected' in the team - and all the pre-match talk continues. Here's a toast to Ricky's pull shot gone awfully poor and here's to a new chapter in Australian Cricket!

  • Grogers on November 10, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    " The fast bowlers always get something out of it, it spins late in the game, and it's a great place to bat once you get in." Sounds like the sort of wicket to suit England more than the Aussies at present!

  • Iceborn999 on November 10, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    England will struggle if Australia have the right attack!!!!. Actually, it seems to me that England have come with an attack that will adore the Brisbane conditions. Tall-timbers with upright actions like Stuart Broad and the other poms will love bowling on the wicket. Hilfenhous and Johnson are not Gabba type bowlers. As much as people want to carry on about Johnson's pace, the guy is round armed and does not hit that length often enough. The Aussie attack looks more like it would be better suited to English or Kiwi conditions at the moment. Apart from Dougie.

    Oh God, please be fit Doug, how we need you !!!!.

  • Biggus on November 10, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    Well, the pitch for the 3rd ODI Vs SL was a bit interesting, so the side that bats first in Brisbane will likely be in for a torrid first session. The top order of the batting side will have their work cut out for them if the bowlers can contain their excitement and put the ball in the right areas. A 'must see' day for Ashes fans that may set the tone for much of the series. Productivity will drop nationwide as 'mystery' illnesses lay employees low. Sales of beer and munchies will increase and media jocks will finally have something to write about.

  • on November 10, 2010, 1:55 GMT

    Ricky Ponting is quite optimistic about the pitch that helps to overcome the confidence of team..We ll see who will be struggling

  • Ozcricketwriter on November 10, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    It is true that the Gabba is Australia's fortress, the single most unlosable ground in Australia. A good place to start in a tight series which we might lose, to get us off on a winning foot. Australia will be expected to win. If Australia go 1-0 up, then they are still a chance to lose 1-4. If Australia draw, it may as well be a loss. Let alone if they lose it. If Australia lose the 1st test, the series will be very hard for Australia to win from there. This is crucial. Australia has to win the 1st test. There is a lot of pressure. To win, they have to go in with an all pace attack and aim to skittle the English attack. A mixture of different types of bowlers. And strong batsmen who can handle everything that England throw at them. Anything less than a comprehensive victory for Australia will be shameful.

  • Vishnu27 on November 10, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    Fortress 'Gabba. Harmy to Freddy at 2nd slip. Such sweet memories...

  • on November 10, 2010, 1:40 GMT

    Australia lost to India on perth very recently... When India toured under Anil Kumble

  • on November 10, 2010, 1:39 GMT

    This is the best English team defending the Ashes. It is the not the bounce in the wicket that is going to matter but the courage to battle it out in the center that will decide the result of the series. I still feel Australia has got the team composition wrong for the Ashes. They are under tremendous pressure and its going to show in the games. England team should use this as a preparation for the World Cup as well. Identify the 16 and play the team that is best prepared rather than the pitches on which the matches are played.

  • grug76 on November 10, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    don't speak too soon mr ponting... the pace, bounce, movement... all these things will bother you and your fragile batting line-up just as much as the poms... i can see both sides getting skittled for under 100 in this one

  • SenthilKumaranV on November 10, 2010, 1:30 GMT

    Mind Game!!! Not always work Sir!!! Play with Bat/Ball instead of Mouth!!

  • Meety on November 10, 2010, 1:17 GMT

    True re: best pitch, although the SCG is a contender. Genuinely believe the pitches in the world are in Oz. At the very least the best variety, particularly when Bellreive & Darwin are included. I do wish Punter had kept his mouth shut, I would have preferred the Poms be ambushed then forewarned.

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  • Meety on November 10, 2010, 1:17 GMT

    True re: best pitch, although the SCG is a contender. Genuinely believe the pitches in the world are in Oz. At the very least the best variety, particularly when Bellreive & Darwin are included. I do wish Punter had kept his mouth shut, I would have preferred the Poms be ambushed then forewarned.

  • SenthilKumaranV on November 10, 2010, 1:30 GMT

    Mind Game!!! Not always work Sir!!! Play with Bat/Ball instead of Mouth!!

  • grug76 on November 10, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    don't speak too soon mr ponting... the pace, bounce, movement... all these things will bother you and your fragile batting line-up just as much as the poms... i can see both sides getting skittled for under 100 in this one

  • on November 10, 2010, 1:39 GMT

    This is the best English team defending the Ashes. It is the not the bounce in the wicket that is going to matter but the courage to battle it out in the center that will decide the result of the series. I still feel Australia has got the team composition wrong for the Ashes. They are under tremendous pressure and its going to show in the games. England team should use this as a preparation for the World Cup as well. Identify the 16 and play the team that is best prepared rather than the pitches on which the matches are played.

  • on November 10, 2010, 1:40 GMT

    Australia lost to India on perth very recently... When India toured under Anil Kumble

  • Vishnu27 on November 10, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    Fortress 'Gabba. Harmy to Freddy at 2nd slip. Such sweet memories...

  • Ozcricketwriter on November 10, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    It is true that the Gabba is Australia's fortress, the single most unlosable ground in Australia. A good place to start in a tight series which we might lose, to get us off on a winning foot. Australia will be expected to win. If Australia go 1-0 up, then they are still a chance to lose 1-4. If Australia draw, it may as well be a loss. Let alone if they lose it. If Australia lose the 1st test, the series will be very hard for Australia to win from there. This is crucial. Australia has to win the 1st test. There is a lot of pressure. To win, they have to go in with an all pace attack and aim to skittle the English attack. A mixture of different types of bowlers. And strong batsmen who can handle everything that England throw at them. Anything less than a comprehensive victory for Australia will be shameful.

  • on November 10, 2010, 1:55 GMT

    Ricky Ponting is quite optimistic about the pitch that helps to overcome the confidence of team..We ll see who will be struggling

  • Biggus on November 10, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    Well, the pitch for the 3rd ODI Vs SL was a bit interesting, so the side that bats first in Brisbane will likely be in for a torrid first session. The top order of the batting side will have their work cut out for them if the bowlers can contain their excitement and put the ball in the right areas. A 'must see' day for Ashes fans that may set the tone for much of the series. Productivity will drop nationwide as 'mystery' illnesses lay employees low. Sales of beer and munchies will increase and media jocks will finally have something to write about.

  • Iceborn999 on November 10, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    England will struggle if Australia have the right attack!!!!. Actually, it seems to me that England have come with an attack that will adore the Brisbane conditions. Tall-timbers with upright actions like Stuart Broad and the other poms will love bowling on the wicket. Hilfenhous and Johnson are not Gabba type bowlers. As much as people want to carry on about Johnson's pace, the guy is round armed and does not hit that length often enough. The Aussie attack looks more like it would be better suited to English or Kiwi conditions at the moment. Apart from Dougie.

    Oh God, please be fit Doug, how we need you !!!!.