The Ashes 2010-11 October 22, 2010

Bowlers will win Ashes for Australia - Lillee

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Dennis Lillee has tipped Australia to regain the Ashes because they have a stronger bowling attack. Lillee, who took 167 wickets in 29 Tests against England, believes the hosts' current line-up is superior.

"In the end it's got to be [about] your attack - you've got to bowl sides out twice," Lillee told Sky Sports Radio. "If I look at both attacks I think Australia - even without Warne and McGrath - have a better attack than England.

"[Their] spinning attack - they may use spin twins - may be better than ours because Nathan Hauritz is still evolving, but overall our attack is better and that's where games are won."

England lifted the Ashes at home in 2005 and 2009 but were beaten 5-0 in Australia in 2006-07, with McGrath, Warne and Langer retiring at the end of the series. "It's going to be much closer than the other ones [in Australia]," Lillee said. "But we should probably win it 2-1 or 3-2."

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  • legb4 on October 28, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    You have to love the English comments about how good Swann is wasnt Monty Panesar on the verge of being the greatest spin bowler in history this time 4 years ago.

  • Vaughanforever on October 23, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    Johnson is mentally vulnerable, we all know that. But its very close in terms of the attacks and there are a lot of unknowns. England have the one clear area of superiority in the spin department where Australia are clearly very poor and England have the best spionner in the world.

    In the pace attacks I could quite easily make a case for both sides and each bowler being the best. A lot depends on who turns up on the day. Anderson and Daisy both have histories of going down the drain. Broad can be a God on his day but has some poor ones too. The rest are basically unproven.

    The fact its in Australia has to help Australia, the fact Aus have the worst batting will obviously help England.

    Take your pick.

  • RohanMarkJay on October 23, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    The fact is most people in England won't care about this particular ashes series. Given that the fact that the football season will be in full swing when the ashes starts, I can't see people staying up late in middle of winter to watch it, unless and only if England plays well and challenge australia strongly like the England team did way back in 1987. Otherwise nobody in England will care. The future of Liverpool football club however I suspect will be grabbing the attention of most sports fans in England rather than the Ashes. I personally will love to see a good ashes contest downunder.

  • steelo_esq on October 23, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Gee your not too one eyed at all are u sir freddie flintoff. Its going to be a close series and i think lillee has nailed it perfectly. also has anyone noticed the calibre of teams england has played the last 12 months.... bangladesh twice and pakistan..... hmmmm no wonder their bowlers are doing so well...

  • on October 23, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Gee! A fair bit of ill-informed dribble going on here! I would have to agree with Lillee to a point ... I think Australia has the better attack due to it being in Australia. I must stress that it is only just better, and a lot depends on Johnson. People are quick to bag him due to his poor performance in 09, but he is a different bowler at home. Finn & Broad could be a real handful out here if they get their lengths right, Swann is clearly a better spinner than Hauritz ... no contest there. But remember 05? Giles bowled in a containment role to get through the overs and rest Jones, Fred, Harmy & Hoggy. He did his job and any wicket was a bonus. That is Hauritz's role. Also many people bring up 09 & the 08/09 SA series and Aussie bowlers supposed poor performance. At that stage Johnson, Hilfy, Siddle & Hauritz had about 20 tests between them. They are more experienced & better bowlers now. I don't know who will win. Should be a great series.

  • mattyboy95 on October 23, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    @ Trickstar, Due to my bad grammer, it may have came across that i think NZ conditions are flat. I didn't mean this. Sorry

  • Timmuh on October 22, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    The difference will be the conditions. Without the Duke ball and the heavy atmosphere of England, the ball won't swing anywhere near as much. Whether any of the English bowlers can adapt to the necessity in Australia of hitting the pitch and relying on bounce and tiny amounts of seam, and how the batsmen adapt to the bounce, will be the decisive factor. If the English can get the Kookaburra to move, it will be a rout in England's favour. Our batting is currently at its lowest point since the mid-1980s and can not handle a ball that moves. There are some skilled players there, but all sadly out of form (when Watson is your best batsman, you aren't a good Test team).

    The teams are fairly much even overall, except when the ball moves about. Of the Australian attack, only Hilfenhaus can move the ball, of the Australian batsmen none can handle a ball that swings. The best chance for England to win is for Ponting to overuse that so-called strike bowler, Johnson, and bleed runs quickly.

  • on October 22, 2010, 22:58 GMT

    Moreover, anyone who watched the Pakistan series against England and thought that Pakistan could have won or drawn had they fielded well needs a visit to Specsavers. Pakistan's batting was woeful, they fielded like a village team and allegedly are not sure if the white line of the popping crease should be where you bowl behind or in front depending on how much you want depositing in the bank. Agreed, Pakistan's bowling attack is probably as good, if not better, than anyone's in world cricket (or was depending on bans), but when you keep getting rolled for under 100, then you cannot win Test matches.

  • phoenixsteve on October 22, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    If the great DK Lillie were playing then I'd definately agree! What a truly class act he was.... Being an ex bowler I suppose it's natura for him l to reckon the bowlers are the key? However as much as I admire and respect Mr Lillie I have to disagree. The side that wins the Ashes will be the side who can score around 500 runs in the first Innings consistently. Could this be England? Maybe.... but only if the likes of KP, Cooke and Morgan perform. How things have changed..... Australia is no longer a place for prisoners! I would have to pick the Aussie sides batting as being the more likely to succeeed.... but who really knows? It's going to be a wonderful match up and may the best side win. COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • on October 22, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    Despite being a proud Englishman, I'm not one to knock an Australian legend of the game such as Dennis Lillee, but I think he's called this wrong. Maybe not in predicting the result of an Aussie win, however I think the difference in the sides is the batting. Both batting line ups are liable to collapses especially in the second innings of games, but I think the Australian batting in home conditions is far more reliable than ours. As for the bowling, I think we have the edge since Swann is far better than either Hauritz or North. Furthermore, I believe there's not much to choose from Anderson (if fit), Broad and Finn, and Bollinger, Hilfenhaus and Johnson. If we play well, I think we can win, but realistically I reckon we'll lose a close series. I'm sure like most cricket fans, I'm really looking forward to set of intriguing games.

  • legb4 on October 28, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    You have to love the English comments about how good Swann is wasnt Monty Panesar on the verge of being the greatest spin bowler in history this time 4 years ago.

  • Vaughanforever on October 23, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    Johnson is mentally vulnerable, we all know that. But its very close in terms of the attacks and there are a lot of unknowns. England have the one clear area of superiority in the spin department where Australia are clearly very poor and England have the best spionner in the world.

    In the pace attacks I could quite easily make a case for both sides and each bowler being the best. A lot depends on who turns up on the day. Anderson and Daisy both have histories of going down the drain. Broad can be a God on his day but has some poor ones too. The rest are basically unproven.

    The fact its in Australia has to help Australia, the fact Aus have the worst batting will obviously help England.

    Take your pick.

  • RohanMarkJay on October 23, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    The fact is most people in England won't care about this particular ashes series. Given that the fact that the football season will be in full swing when the ashes starts, I can't see people staying up late in middle of winter to watch it, unless and only if England plays well and challenge australia strongly like the England team did way back in 1987. Otherwise nobody in England will care. The future of Liverpool football club however I suspect will be grabbing the attention of most sports fans in England rather than the Ashes. I personally will love to see a good ashes contest downunder.

  • steelo_esq on October 23, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Gee your not too one eyed at all are u sir freddie flintoff. Its going to be a close series and i think lillee has nailed it perfectly. also has anyone noticed the calibre of teams england has played the last 12 months.... bangladesh twice and pakistan..... hmmmm no wonder their bowlers are doing so well...

  • on October 23, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Gee! A fair bit of ill-informed dribble going on here! I would have to agree with Lillee to a point ... I think Australia has the better attack due to it being in Australia. I must stress that it is only just better, and a lot depends on Johnson. People are quick to bag him due to his poor performance in 09, but he is a different bowler at home. Finn & Broad could be a real handful out here if they get their lengths right, Swann is clearly a better spinner than Hauritz ... no contest there. But remember 05? Giles bowled in a containment role to get through the overs and rest Jones, Fred, Harmy & Hoggy. He did his job and any wicket was a bonus. That is Hauritz's role. Also many people bring up 09 & the 08/09 SA series and Aussie bowlers supposed poor performance. At that stage Johnson, Hilfy, Siddle & Hauritz had about 20 tests between them. They are more experienced & better bowlers now. I don't know who will win. Should be a great series.

  • mattyboy95 on October 23, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    @ Trickstar, Due to my bad grammer, it may have came across that i think NZ conditions are flat. I didn't mean this. Sorry

  • Timmuh on October 22, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    The difference will be the conditions. Without the Duke ball and the heavy atmosphere of England, the ball won't swing anywhere near as much. Whether any of the English bowlers can adapt to the necessity in Australia of hitting the pitch and relying on bounce and tiny amounts of seam, and how the batsmen adapt to the bounce, will be the decisive factor. If the English can get the Kookaburra to move, it will be a rout in England's favour. Our batting is currently at its lowest point since the mid-1980s and can not handle a ball that moves. There are some skilled players there, but all sadly out of form (when Watson is your best batsman, you aren't a good Test team).

    The teams are fairly much even overall, except when the ball moves about. Of the Australian attack, only Hilfenhaus can move the ball, of the Australian batsmen none can handle a ball that swings. The best chance for England to win is for Ponting to overuse that so-called strike bowler, Johnson, and bleed runs quickly.

  • on October 22, 2010, 22:58 GMT

    Moreover, anyone who watched the Pakistan series against England and thought that Pakistan could have won or drawn had they fielded well needs a visit to Specsavers. Pakistan's batting was woeful, they fielded like a village team and allegedly are not sure if the white line of the popping crease should be where you bowl behind or in front depending on how much you want depositing in the bank. Agreed, Pakistan's bowling attack is probably as good, if not better, than anyone's in world cricket (or was depending on bans), but when you keep getting rolled for under 100, then you cannot win Test matches.

  • phoenixsteve on October 22, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    If the great DK Lillie were playing then I'd definately agree! What a truly class act he was.... Being an ex bowler I suppose it's natura for him l to reckon the bowlers are the key? However as much as I admire and respect Mr Lillie I have to disagree. The side that wins the Ashes will be the side who can score around 500 runs in the first Innings consistently. Could this be England? Maybe.... but only if the likes of KP, Cooke and Morgan perform. How things have changed..... Australia is no longer a place for prisoners! I would have to pick the Aussie sides batting as being the more likely to succeeed.... but who really knows? It's going to be a wonderful match up and may the best side win. COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • on October 22, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    Despite being a proud Englishman, I'm not one to knock an Australian legend of the game such as Dennis Lillee, but I think he's called this wrong. Maybe not in predicting the result of an Aussie win, however I think the difference in the sides is the batting. Both batting line ups are liable to collapses especially in the second innings of games, but I think the Australian batting in home conditions is far more reliable than ours. As for the bowling, I think we have the edge since Swann is far better than either Hauritz or North. Furthermore, I believe there's not much to choose from Anderson (if fit), Broad and Finn, and Bollinger, Hilfenhaus and Johnson. If we play well, I think we can win, but realistically I reckon we'll lose a close series. I'm sure like most cricket fans, I'm really looking forward to set of intriguing games.

  • scott_menck on October 22, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    @The_Sherminator, Mate everything I said was true stastically were the hardest team for England to beat away. To your comment " usual bombastic rubbish the Aussie spout before an ashes series" Australia has every right to boast itself up at HOME, we have only lost a series at home 2 or 3 times in the last 23 years. England is decent but no were near decent enough to actually win it out in OZ. Home ground advantage our conditions takes us over the line. If australia was in the form of say like a West Indies and a Pakastain obvioiusly I would be tipping England but were not we are still a very decent side who will be near impossible to beat at home.

  • on October 22, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    It will be an interesting Ashes..... Australian team trying to get things back on track after - Retirement of key players - Injured blowing - Batting a bit Fragile .... England have done fairly well in the recent past. But can they be consistent. How will they play under pressure. Not bad for a gripping set up. But Lillee is just trying to push & poke. It doesnt matter how good an attack is on paper. What matters is how they perform on field. And it does not look like OZ will find it easy to get back the Ashes.

  • on October 22, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    I would be really really surprised if Eng wins the Ashes...I watched them play against pak and they never looked like a team capable of beating Aus in Aus...Had Pak fielded better ,they would have probably drawn the series...with the average batting that we have....What happened to Eng after 2005 Ashes victory when they came down to pak...Same is going to happen this time around as well...Aus to win the series 3-1

  • AJ_Tiger86 on October 22, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    England will destroy Australia 5-0 in the Ashes. England are currently the best team in the world in all three formats of the game.

  • on October 22, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    Mr. Lillee thinks Eng will win 1 or 2, this is a big boost for Eng (Eng won 2 tests in Australia 25 yrs ago). England high on intent & talent will severly test Australia.

  • 2.14istherunrate on October 22, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    Is this with Watson as the main strike bowler? Laugh a minute stuff from DK. Hauritz should run through us nicely after India!!! Has Johnson discovered which wicket to bowl on Yet?

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on October 22, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Cook 27, Strauss 25, Bell 33, Collingwood 48, Pietersen 54 - Averages in Australia for the English batting line-up. Barring Pietersen and to an extent Collingwood these are not exactly earth-shattering. I don't see how the top three are expected to dominate the Aussie bowling line-up. Also, at Mohali Australia had a very good batting line-up at 124/8 and in the second test they took the last 5 wickets for 9 runs. Not many teams do that to India in Indian conditions. The Aussie bowling might not be too brilliant but considering home conditions, bouncy wickets and those averages in Australia the English batting is hardly looking like one that will take the bowling to the cleaners.

  • on October 22, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    I feel Australians are more worried than ever of losing to an English side in Australia. When Dennis Lillie is trying to be bullish and predicting a 2-1 or 3-2 win, it just shoulds how much he is worried . What it tells me is , all Australia wants this summer is a win and they believe it can only be a narrow one.

  • gujratwalla on October 22, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Here we go for the pre-series Aussies propoganda aimed at confusing the opponets!If one of the English fast bowlers could gain a yard or so pace and make the ball lift so see the Aussies running for cover!John Snow put the fear of God into them way back in 70-71 and in 2005 Flintoff and co. chased them like on a fox hunt!England have the best and most inventive spin bowler in the world and i am sure their batsmen can handle the Aussies bowlers who are just above average.Overlook the bragging England concentrate on your 'homework' for the series ahead!India aren't a better team than you, the Aussie bowling was so useless and ordinary!

  • on October 22, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    If anything wins them the Ashes it will be a few awesome knocks from their batsmen - the bowlers will struggle. It takes a fool to underestimate Ponting, Clarke, Hussey and that very annoying wagging tail... and as always a star will be born. This is however a very different England side, these models have spines and guts.

  • on October 22, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    England are Australia are separated by only 2 points. I dunno wat makes Eng supporters think that they will win against Aus in their backyard. Eng has been goin thru some successful series of late but lets face it.. those wins are against.. Bangladesh, Pakistan and West Indies. They havent done anythin to prove that they can beat Aussies comprehensively "downunder". It is goin to be a close series and Australia will come on top for sure.

  • on October 22, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    Australians are going through a time when their older players have retired and newers players are starting to find their feet in international cricket. Even then they are performing quite well. England on the other hand are in the midst of their best times in cricket and will definetely give aussies a run for their money.

  • Trickstar on October 22, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    @mattyboy95 If you think NZ are flat tracks and rubbish bowling conditions I'd give up watching cricket now, if anything they are the nearest to English condition any where in the world.Some of these comments are hilarious,like the guy who said Australian bowling will depend on how John Anderson bowls,ha ha ha,you couldn't make this stuff up.

  • Trickstar on October 22, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    You got to love people mentioning Andersons' figures from the lat Ashes in Oz,he came as a last minute replacement after not bowling,because of a stress fracture of the back, the entire English summer,he hadn't bowled a competitive bowl before that first test in over 6 months. So it's totally unfair to bring up how he bowled in 2006 and more of a stupid selection along with the rest of the blunders Fletcher and co made in OZ the last time..

  • Tova on October 22, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    All of you wanna be experts make me laugh! Dennis Lillee has more knowledge of fast bowling and the strengths and weaknesses of a particular bowler than any person on the planet! I think that I would be listening to him rather than part time bloggers! England's fast bowlers have some potential, but to quote the great rugby league coach Jack Gibson, "potential never won you anything!" England's bowlers will struggle to take 20 wickets in Australia... I know that our bowlers can take wickets in oz because they have!

  • CaughtAndBowled on October 22, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    I think it is pointless to talk about England bowlers performance based on the last Ashes in Australia. Let us take something played very recently. Against Pakistan. Australia struggled against Pakistan and could not win the series. Against the same opposition, England won comfortably. More over, going by Australian performance against India, I guess Australian players are not in great frame of mind. As a neutral, I would say it is pretty close to call at the same time I think Swann will win it for England.

  • Nibsy on October 22, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    England have not got the batters to post big scores in Australia. That is the reason why they will be thrashed downunder. The reason why India have had success in Australia is because Tendulkar, Laxman, Dravid and Sehwag can play on fast tracks whereas English players as a collective unit have not got a clue. If you do not agree with this statement then see how many live test matches England have won in Australia since 1986/87? I think the answer is none. Johnson, Siddle, Hilfenhaus and Bollinger have too much for the English. Hauritz won't even come into it.

  • the_sherminator on October 22, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    Well done Scott Menck - nice to see you are playing up to the Australian stereotype (intellectually challenged). Best stick to wearing flip flops, a vest and one of those stupid lifeguards hats. You are of course mistaking having the 3 bowlers with the most wickets for winning a series. Thats why they play the games. Player for player I would take Englands attack - of the three bowlers you mention only Johnson is sure to play and I reckon England would want that - his bowling style is best categorised as cannon-fodder. What Lillee actually says is "we should win it 2-1 or 3-2". That doesn't sound very confident to me compared to the usual bombastic rubbish the Aussie spout before an ashes series

  • Something_Witty on October 22, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    Jeez, some of these comments are so poorly informed that they don't even deserve to be published. What exactly have bowlers like Finn, Broad and Anderson ever done to indicate they can be dangerous bowlers in Australia? Is it Anderson's bowling average of 82.60 there? Or maybe Stuart Broad's fearsome overall average of 34.30? (Recently deflated by many games against Bangladesh and a ravaged Pakistan batting lineup). Or is it the boy wonder; Steven Finn, with the superb, Mcgrath-like average of 23.21. Oh wait, that's only in his first 8 games.. and oops... who are they all against? Yep, you guessed it, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Sheesh, at least Swann has taken wickets against decent opposition.

  • on October 22, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    I think Scott has forgotten the lost home series against South Africa where bowling on home soil meant nothing. No I think England have got the best chance of winning in Australia than they had for many years. Australia got severely thrashed in India in both forms of the game and they have some serious work to do before the Ashes. I by no means it is going to be easy for England but I do seriously think they have a very very good chance of winning the series. It was good however to see a glimpse of what Australia's new youngsters have to offer in India.

  • thestunner316_15 on October 22, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    @scott_menck : lmao... particularly the comment about the barmy army and the economy... but i still think it will be too tight to call... 1st test will be the key

  • on October 22, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    @ evenflow. Brett Lee has retired from Test cricket mate.

  • veenviz on October 22, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    oz are far behind their hay-days but i've lil doubt in mind tht still oz gonna win...freddy n kp together bought some adrenaline to the team which english team has lacked all the time

  • on October 22, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    Why are the Englishmen so overconfident? You guys have an abysmal record down under, your team is well 'OK', nothing fancy. Worse than what came in 06-07. Lillee speak the truth. Yes, Aussies lost to India 2-0 in India, but India are a better team than England. Sure it IS your best chance in a while, but still, don't underestimate, because we've already FedEx'd your ashes back home :)

  • Aussasinator on October 22, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    Aussie bowling is actually the weak link. They are living in denial. Sorry state of affairs for aone time champ country. They will now slip to 6th position, after losing to all major test playing nations. England has the better batting line up too.

  • takenaback on October 22, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    If Dennis Lillee says 2 - 1 or 3 - 2 he is really saying that it's going to be a close series that could go either way, this is just his parochial view leaning Australia's way. This particular Australian team has a habit of folding when batting. They were used to many middle or late order fightbacks at their strongest and that only occurs occasionally now. I don't really want to say it but I think England will just win because they have a quality wicket taking spinner that adds variety. Should be a really good series though and most certainly not one-sided. It's time for some of these young players to stand up and be counted.

  • WilliamFranklin on October 22, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    North is a better spin bowler than Hauritz. What more is there to say. And Lillee should be ashamed of that mo.

  • Stark62 on October 22, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    I agree with Lillee!

    eng bowling attack is good at their own backyard but outside of eng they are like club bowlers except in sa because they have similar pitches.

    aus bowlers may have toiled against ind's batting line up but then again ind have the best batting line up.

    But aus batting must be a concern because they lost to a popgun bowling attack. LOL

  • on October 22, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    But then again, Lillee has never been known to back England to win unless there were 500 to 1 outsiders

  • mattyboy95 on October 22, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    All you English fans who are saying that english bowlers are in the top three wicket takers for this year or whatever, are you forgeting that in the past year, England has played in England and South Africa. Both favours the bowlers, especially England where there opponents have been Bangladesh (one of the strongest batting lineups) and Pakistan. Australia has played on Indian and NZ flat tracks, with only 2 matches in English bowler-friendly conditions. And In India, Hilfenhaus bowled superbly, he had supreme control of the ball and bowled much better than the other bowlers, his figures didn't show how good he was.

    2-1 to Aus

  • on October 22, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Now that Rudi has retired, Aussie will make sure Billy is in to do the games. Is there UDRS in this series?

  • on October 22, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    sorry sir i dont agree wid u i thnk england hav much more balance attack than aussie n they hav sppinner who can win match single handedly,anderson is in pick of his carreer, n definately broad can amaze wid his swing n accuracy,n abt aussie bowler they hav lack of experience n capablities if aus hav 2 regain ashes than they hav 2 do it wid bat...............

  • faakir on October 22, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    think Mr lillee is just getting up from a long sleep....England do have a superior bowling attack...Have a look at australian attack over the last 2 yrs....they struggle to get tailenders out... against South africa 2 yrs ago, against england last yrs ashes.... most recently against India in Mohali.....once a batsman is settled aussie attack struggles to dislodge him even if its Ishant Sharma....Agreed Ashes will be a very close affair this year ... going in the favour of England....3/2 or 2/1.....

  • KP_84 on October 22, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    Can't argue with Lillee there. Australia has a pace attack capable to taking 20 wickets when the ball doesn't swing (which is usually doesn't in Australia) and England does not. However, Lillee doesn't consider that England can afford to draw the series. Brisbane is the only venue where Australia is still dominant. Touring sides are competitive against them everywhere else; even Perth no longer holds any great fears for opposing sides. If England plays sensibly (unlike in Adelaide in 2006) they should manage 1-all easily enough, in my view.

  • bkraks21 on October 22, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Typical Aussie overconfidence. Their commentators are too biased as well. Even if some aussie fielder drops a dolly they would ahve a reason for it :). Scoreline is going to be 3-2 in Englands favor.

  • evenflow_1990 on October 22, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    interesting how he concedes they may lose a few haha. i think this could be fairly tight. but if brett lee gets fit, i think the english batsmen will have a few problems.

  • scott_menck on October 22, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    Totally agree with Lillee, For all you hopeful english fans out there that think we cant take wickets check the ashes 2009 which we ofcourse lost the top 3 wicket takers for that series were all australian fast bowlers hilfenhaus took 22 johnson took 20 and siddle got 19. Thats right Australia has better fast bowlers and thats right there bowling on home soil. This series is going to be over before it begins. Here is another stat australia has not lost at the Gabba in 21 years. The best test bowler with any stats for england at the gabba is going James Anderson his figures there in the past 1-194. England can win at home but away in Australia just a total laugh!! The best part is the barmy army comes out here and fuels our economy in the hope that england might turn up and learn how to play on foreign soil!!

  • on October 22, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    Well done dennis spot on old chap (:

  • Truemans_Ghost on October 22, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    Must be a slow news day. Lillee is a legend (and looking very well, it must be said) but this was hardly a piece of insightful analysis.

  • rraja on October 22, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    Yeah sure australia will win at home turf....as long as umpires are with them....lol

  • Cricketer2010 on October 22, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    these comments look more biased, Australia has lost last two matches against India ....and England's bowling line up is surely better than India......its going to be very tough.....if England would be able to put some handsome scores on board then it will be Australia who would be struggling

  • on October 22, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    I don't have his confidence, Australia has struggled to bowl out the tail of sides for some time now, of course at the Rose bowl in the first Ashes test last year and again in India only a few weeks ago. Johnson's going to need to be on his a-game, and Hilfy will need to be swinging it like mad.

  • on October 22, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    Agreed. People in England keep saying that this is the weakest Australian team in 2 decades, well the current English team strikes me as weaker than the one which toured in 2006-07. No Flintoff, no Sidebottom and a relatively inexperienced bowling attack mean that England will find it tough to win the upcoming series

  • jonesy2 on October 22, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    true words from the legend. but i think it will be 4-0

  • jtstriker9 on October 22, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    What a load of rubbish!! There is no doubt that the Oz batsmen are better then what England have to offer, but the bowlers for England definitely hold a bigger threat than Johnson, Bollinger, Hilfenhaus and Hauritz. Look at what happened to them in India. They couldnt bowl out tailenders and an injured batsman in the first game, when they had been skittled the day before on a tired wicket. Keep dreaming Dennis!!

  • pafc on October 22, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    What is this plonker on about? England have the second, fourth and eleventh ranked test bowlers in the world. This is much better than that which the Australian bowling attack can boast. Are Australian's that unaware of how poor their team currently is, or do the majority of them still hang on to the false belief that they are number number one.

  • on October 22, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    its right australia 's ashes hopes heavily relay on how the going to beat the english men in australian condition.i dont think this the issue.their batting is the problem.but eng is the favourities for ashes 2010-11

  • MinusZero on October 22, 2010, 3:14 GMT

    Based on what? 3 of the top 7 wicket takers this year are from England, including the top two. Best placed Australian is 9th for the year. Go England :) Kick them while they are down!

  • CVasu on October 22, 2010, 1:45 GMT

    hopefully aussie will play ashes with right spirit ..........they got to believe themselves and on the other hand england is not a team now, where u can easily get them out ......

  • Something_Witty on October 22, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    England's fast bowlers will struggle to take wickets in Australia. Enough said. Swann is a great bowler and will take wickets, but finger spinners have always had limited impact in Australia, and I can't see that changing. The result won't be 3-2, I can't see the pitches at Adelaide Oval and the WACA producing results (shame on the curators), but we should win comfortably in both Brisbane and at the MCG.

  • youfoundme on October 21, 2010, 23:38 GMT

    I don't agree, if you look at last years results you'll find that Australia, with practically the same bowling stocks, found it hard to bowl them (England) out of the game. Even in the Test matches against India, Australia really struggled to gain the upper hand. And as for Hauritz "evolving", that couldn't be any further from the truth. Just face it Australia, he isn't a Warne and he will never be close to it. I commend you for having a positive attitude though, even if it is coming across a bit arrogant.

  • SnowSnake on October 21, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    Australian bowling is good, but not very good. A lot would depend on if John Anderson plays or not. I will keep my fingers crossed on Ponting's batting. While he did well on Indian pitches, I still have some concerns on Ponting's batting skills on bouncy tracks. For last one year, he has been struggling. Off cutters and pull shots are his typical problems with bouncy tracks.

  • silly_mid_on on October 21, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    Bowling to an English batsman is like bowling to Ray Charles.

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  • silly_mid_on on October 21, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    Bowling to an English batsman is like bowling to Ray Charles.

  • SnowSnake on October 21, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    Australian bowling is good, but not very good. A lot would depend on if John Anderson plays or not. I will keep my fingers crossed on Ponting's batting. While he did well on Indian pitches, I still have some concerns on Ponting's batting skills on bouncy tracks. For last one year, he has been struggling. Off cutters and pull shots are his typical problems with bouncy tracks.

  • youfoundme on October 21, 2010, 23:38 GMT

    I don't agree, if you look at last years results you'll find that Australia, with practically the same bowling stocks, found it hard to bowl them (England) out of the game. Even in the Test matches against India, Australia really struggled to gain the upper hand. And as for Hauritz "evolving", that couldn't be any further from the truth. Just face it Australia, he isn't a Warne and he will never be close to it. I commend you for having a positive attitude though, even if it is coming across a bit arrogant.

  • Something_Witty on October 22, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    England's fast bowlers will struggle to take wickets in Australia. Enough said. Swann is a great bowler and will take wickets, but finger spinners have always had limited impact in Australia, and I can't see that changing. The result won't be 3-2, I can't see the pitches at Adelaide Oval and the WACA producing results (shame on the curators), but we should win comfortably in both Brisbane and at the MCG.

  • CVasu on October 22, 2010, 1:45 GMT

    hopefully aussie will play ashes with right spirit ..........they got to believe themselves and on the other hand england is not a team now, where u can easily get them out ......

  • MinusZero on October 22, 2010, 3:14 GMT

    Based on what? 3 of the top 7 wicket takers this year are from England, including the top two. Best placed Australian is 9th for the year. Go England :) Kick them while they are down!

  • on October 22, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    its right australia 's ashes hopes heavily relay on how the going to beat the english men in australian condition.i dont think this the issue.their batting is the problem.but eng is the favourities for ashes 2010-11

  • pafc on October 22, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    What is this plonker on about? England have the second, fourth and eleventh ranked test bowlers in the world. This is much better than that which the Australian bowling attack can boast. Are Australian's that unaware of how poor their team currently is, or do the majority of them still hang on to the false belief that they are number number one.

  • jtstriker9 on October 22, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    What a load of rubbish!! There is no doubt that the Oz batsmen are better then what England have to offer, but the bowlers for England definitely hold a bigger threat than Johnson, Bollinger, Hilfenhaus and Hauritz. Look at what happened to them in India. They couldnt bowl out tailenders and an injured batsman in the first game, when they had been skittled the day before on a tired wicket. Keep dreaming Dennis!!

  • jonesy2 on October 22, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    true words from the legend. but i think it will be 4-0