Is anyone else less interested in this series than what they were 6 months ago? I’m really starting to think this series will be nothing special for me. This series is made for a Hayden runfest, Ponting trying to be Australia’s greatest ever captain, Langer comeback, more Watson game time and more general Aussie player love fests on the field when they take wickets. Excuse me while I spew.
Australia have the potential to have the series won on Day 3 of the Perth Test. It seems only the Aussie players old age and arrogance is standing in the road of Australia failing.
Am devastated that Jones and Vaughn will not be touring, I don’t know if they can be replaced, and the England squad does not look threatening at all, especially since there are injury clouds over many players.
The redeeming hope for me, is the fact that England performed outstandingly well against Pakistan in their most recent test series. Harmison dominated.
They still have enough quality players to give a contest. Monty is a better spinner than Giles, so that's one area in which they will be better-off than last time. They still have Hoggard, Harmison, Strauss, Flintoff, Trescothick. It doesn't have the sheer class of the Australian team, but it's still a strong-enough team. And they are well-coached, in terms of their technical/tactical coaches.