Ricky Ponting predicts Ashes Wander for Australia : Cricket

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    Ponting has called that a 4-0 victory for the hosts.

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    Ponting said Anderson and Broad were about a “steady decline”.

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    England were humiliated.

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting claims England’s only hope of winning a Test in the upcoming Ashes series is the day/night game in Adelaide and has called a 4-0 victory for the hosts.

Ponting savaged England’s batting order also stated the lack of all-rounder Ben Stokes, together with injuries to their fast bowling stocks, would play into Australia’s hands.

His remarks come from preceding England greats Ian Botham and Graeme Swann after ferocious criticism of this Australia batting line-up.

“I have been a little more external than ordinary about this one because I honestly feel that Australia will acquire really easily,” Ponting, who captained Australia in 77 Tests, informed Cricket Australia’s website.

“If you take a look through the current England team, they’re searching for an opener, they’re searching for a couple three, Stokes might not be there, a couple of the quicks have gone down.

“I think now England have got more openings and more cause for concern in not only in their own 11 but inside their entire group, than what Australia have.”

England seamer Jake Ball is most very likely to miss the tourists’ final warmup before the first Ashes Test, beginning on Nov. 23 in Brisbane, after suffering an ankle ligament strain in the tour match at Adelaide Oval.

Their speed bowling stocks took a hit earlier this week after Steven Finn was ruled out of their tour with a knee injury and substituted by Tom Curran.

Ponting stated England fast bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad were on a “steady decline” nevertheless keeping a “reasonably large” level of performance, while Australia boasted a thriving bowling line-up. The 42-year-old stated England’s only probability of winning a game was the second Test in Adelaide.

England won the last Ashes 3-2 on home soil but had been humiliated 5-0 the last time that they came to Australia to the show in 2013/14.