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Waugh believes Australia have the ability to upset England during the Ashes
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh believes all the hype surrounding England to demolish the Australians in this year’s back-to-back Ashes series is nothing more than false advertising as he feels that the English are nowhere near as dominant as they think they are.
After Australia’s dismal tour of India, where they were whitewashed 4-0, ex-England all-rounder Sir Ian Botham branded Michael Clarke’s side as “the worst Australian team I can remember”.
However, Waugh disagrees with Botham’s views, stating that Australia’s young and energetic bowling attack could pose a lot of problems for the England batsmen.
Waugh also noted that if all the Australian batsmen play their part during the Ashes, then Australia could potentially pull off an astounding victory and bring the coveted urn back home.
“I think England aren’t as good as they think they are,” Waugh said. “I honestly think we can win the Ashes. We’ve got the bowlers to take 20 wickets. If that’s the case you can win any Test match. It just needs a couple of batsmen to find a bit of form.
“Shane Watson, I think, has the potential to be a really great Test batsman, if he can step up to the mark along with Michael Clarke and some of the younger guys. I like the look of Phil Hughes, he’s got something deep within him that makes him a long-term Test player; we’ve got Dave Warner.
“There’s enough talent there, we just need some confidence in that line-up and if we follow on from the damage the bowlers are going to do, I think we can win the Ashes.”
With the nightmarish Test series against India still lingering in the back Australia’s mind, Waugh called on the public to have “patience” with the team.
“I think we’re just going to have to have patience with the current team,” he said. “It reminds me a lot of 1985-86 when I first came into the Australian side. It took us a couple of years to know how to win … 13 Test matches before I played in a winning Test side; 26 Tests before I scored a century. So, we’ve got to have patience in the side, believe in who we’ve got. We have to pick and stick for a while.”
On a more lighter note, Waugh also suggested that women cricketers should be allowed to participate in the Big Bash League (BBL).
“I think it’s about time where we could have one female player per Big Bash side,” Waugh said. “Going forward, I can’t see why the girls can’t have representation in the Big Bash. It’s a bit out there, that thought, but I think it might be time.”