Ricky Ponting, the former captain of Australia, has projected the Ashes 2021-21 score-line before the first match in Brisbane. Ponting predicts a 3-0 victory for Australia against England in the next series, and he gives Australia the advantage going into the final Test in Adelaide.
“In my opinion, I believe Australia will win this match because England will have a difficult time taking 20 wickets with the current bowling lineup. In these situations, they don’t have a great spinner in their squad,” Ponting said.
Ricky Ponting predicts a scoreline of 3-1 to Australia
As for the Aussies, they’ll have to leave our summer behind them, too. As long as they don’t take anything for granted, he said, Australia and England might be closer than everyone thinks. A score of “3-1 to Australia” was his response when asked for a final score, and he gave England the Adelaide Test matchup instead.
“Australians will have to leave our summer behind them, as well — they’ll have to move on. There is a chance that Australia and England may be closer than everyone thinks if they don’t take each other for granted,” said Ponting.
The first match of the series is on December 8 at Brisbane’s Gabba, in which the hosts, who haven’t lost in over 30 years until India beat them at the start of the year, will be defending their fortress again. As recently as this year, the citadel was penetrated when a second-string Indian side won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Stuart Broad also stressed a confident and bright start for England in the Ashes
Veteran bowler Stuart Broad acknowledged that England needs to start the series positively. However, he added that Australia would not consider their defeat to India at the Gabba in the first Test while playing against them.
“We know that the opening two days at the Gabba is critical and may set the stage for our series. That defeat at the Gabba will be a factor in Australia’s decision-making. I doubt it, given how long ago that was,” he remarked.
Several unlikely candidates have emerged to lead the way regarding runs scored and wickets taken this summer. However, most of the cricket’s best pundits predict that Australia will win the series. It is widely expected that the new leadership tandem of Pat Cummins and Steve Smith would have a significant influence on Australia’s Ashes campaign on home turf. Aside from the added responsibility of being the team’s skipper after Tim Paine decided to take a sabbatical, Cummins is expected to take most wickets this season.
Australia Squad- Pat Cummins (C), Steve Smith (VC), Alex Carry (WK), Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Cameron Green, Jhye Richardson, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson.
England Squad: Joe Root (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Jonny Bairstow (WK), Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Daniel Lawrence, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Craig Overton, Chris Woakes, Rory Burns, Ollie Pope, James Anderson, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood