Smith cannot see Australia winning in England
South Africa captain Graeme Smith has tipped England to experience Ashes glory once again this year, stating that playing at home for the first leg of the back-to-back series will give the side the upper hand.
Smith is in an excellent position to judge the performance of both nations after having beaten England in August last year and Australia just last month, making South Africa the first team to accomplish this feat since the West Indies in 1992-1993.
Despite defeating Australia by 309 runs in the final Test at Perth and winning the series 1-0 to retain the number one Test team ranking, Smith admitted that Australia were an extremely tough side that would fight till the end.
Smith also noted that he was impressed by Michael Clarke’s captaincy and the way he lead by example throughout the three-test series.
However, Smith believes that England will emerge victorious in this year’s back-to-back Ashes series since they were able to defeat Australia in front of their home crowd in 2010-2011.
“The challenge for Australia is going to be winning in England,” Smith said. “They do play well in their own conditions and they know how to win there. Being able to adapt and play well in England is going to be Australia’s challenge.
“They certainly have the players but from a mindset point of view that is going to be the challenge. Being a home series for England, they will be favourites.”