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“The Australians are only going to get better”
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has announced that “England are a team past their peak” after they lost the Ashes for the first time in five years.
Ponting also noted that England should consider drafting more younger players in their squad.
“England are a team past their peak, while the Australians are only going to get better,” Ponting told the Daily Mail. “We saw it in the first Ashes series, when Kevin Pietersen only really played one significant innings, and Alastair Cook and Matt Prior struggled with the bat. Those trends have continued out here.
“I do think it’s hard to be dominant for a long time – unless your team contains several all-time legends.
“England have been a good side for a while, and some of their players have excellent records. But at some point, that was going to come to a halt.
“England now have to take a look at their senior players and decide how many years they have left in them. If they think they can still get two years out of them, then they have to nurture them through that period.
“If not, they should cut them adrift and give the new guys a go. The question is, is there anyone coming through right now?”
When asked if Australia can go on to whitewash England 5-0, Ponting said: “There’s a lot of cricket still to play, but I know the guys will be hungry for 5-0. And it’s going to take a huge effort from the English to stop them.”