Image courtesy of: The Telegraph
Strauss wants England to take full advantage of Australia’s troubles
Former England captain Andrew Strauss has become the latest cricketer to join the ‘England are going to win the Ashes’ bandwagon after he himself noted that Australia are struggling to pick themselves up after the numerous amount of controversies the side have been involved in over the past six months.
Strauss, who led England to victory in the Ashes in 2009 and 2010-11, noted that the ‘homework-gate’ scandal and David Warner’s Rocky-style punch on Joe Root had given England the upper hand.
The termination of coach Mickey Arthur was pretty much the icing on the cake as Australia seem disoriented and vulnerable.
“England are in very good shape,” Strauss said. “The Aussies have been in turmoil over the last few weeks, sacking their coach and David Warner whacking an England player.
“England have gone about their business very quietly and have never had a better chance to win an Ashes series. The guys will be excited and I’m starting to get nervous.”
Strauss also believes that the England selectors made the right call by dropping veteran Nick Compton and allowing Root to open alongside his successor Alastair Cook.
“He’s dealt with everything that’s come his way, including that punch (by Warner),” Strauss said. “He looks very composed, looks entirely capable of making that job his own and I’m looking forward to watching him and Alastair Cook.”