I'll bite.wollery wrote:(As an aside we just thrashed the crap out of New Zealand )
Roll on 2005! What chance you reclaiming the Ashes ... ?
Come on, talk it up a bit at least. We want a bit of competition this time round.
Then why the hell are you playing us?
Australia are no longer all conquering, having only drawn at home to India on their last series.
England’s vulnerability to the bowling of Warne will be tamed by him plying over here for Hants.
England are buoyant having their first whitewash for years.
England’s best bowler is better than Australia’s (Harmison 880 points, Warne 777)
England have finally realised that you can prepare pitched to suit your own team after years of preparing them to suit the opposition.
18 of the 23 man Australian squad will be over 30 by the time the ashes comes round while only 3 of England’s contracted players will be over 30.
England will have been at home all summer warming up against Bangladesh (good for confidence building)
Australia will be jet lagged and home sick having spent the early part of the year in Zealand followed closely by the tour of England.
This all points to a fantastic series for England defying recent Ashes series and I see us winning a draw in one test and only narrowly losing the other 4.