Ashes conditions in Australia’s favour: Ponting

August 17th, 2010 - 12:31 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney, Aug 17(ANI): Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has praised the England team for its crushing wins against Pakistan in the ongoing Test series, but predicted that the effect of playing the Ashes in different conditions would be significant.

“I think you have to be [impressed]. They’ve played some good cricket for quite a while now. A lot of their middle-of-the-road sort of players, experience-wise, have really stepped up in [Jimmy] Anderson and [Stuart] Broad,” The Age quoted Ponting, as saying.

“They certainly have bowled well and, by the sounds of things, they’ve had great conditions to bowl in as well.”

“We’ll have a different set of conditions and a different ball when they come out here and I’m sure our guys will acquit themselves really well,” he added.

When asked whether Australia could repeat its 5-0 drubbing of England in the last home Ashes series, Ponting said: “It’s absolutely possible - there’s no reason why not.”

The 35-year-old further admitted that his team had made some mistakes in the last Ashes series in England, which probably cost them the series.

“We know now that we’re a more experienced and, probably, a better team now than we were then. You put that together [with] playing in our own conditions and we hope to win this series and win it well,” Ponting added.

The first of the five Ashes Tests will be held at The Gabba in Brisbane from November 25 to 29.

It will be followed by Tests in Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

Two Twenty20 clashes and a seven-match one-day series have also been scheduled between Australia and England. (ANI)

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