Australia – Ashes: Coach confident in bowlers

Mickey Arthur

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Australia coach Mickey Arthur believes his side have the best bowling attack and certain will cause more than a few problems for England during Ashes.

England will head into this summer’s Ashes series as the firm favourites to retain the urn due to the class and dominance they have shown in the longest form of the game.

Arthur is certain that there are a number of areas of weakness in the England side which he has pinpointed for his bowlers to go out and attack, claiming that there are ‘cracks’ in their rivals team.

The South African has six bowlers in his 16-man squad with Peter Siddle the most experienced bowler with 150 wickets in 41 Tests, while the uncapped James Faulkner is by far the least experienced.

The 45-year-old pointed to the performance of England during last year’s Test series against South Africa, which England lost 2-0 at home, believing it illustrated a lack of resilience and grit throughout the side.

Arthur said: “They are a very good cricket side but I would like to see how they handle pressure for a sustained period of time.

“I honestly believe we can win the Ashes – we have the best all-round bowling attack in world cricket.

“If we play for each other and the badge, it will be extremely powerful. If our batsmen get enough runs, we have a really good chance in this Ashes series because I’m confident we will get 20 wickets.”


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