Ashes 2017/18: England will Retain the Urn – Andrew Flintoff
Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who was part of the England squad during the infamous 2005 Ashes against the Aussies has called the current England side as the best of all time.
He also said the visitors would win the Ashes hands down. He added this is the best England side “we’ve ever had” and that “it’s not the case of England winning-it’s by how many.” Speaking three weeks before the 16-member English side leaves for Australia, Flintoff said England’s chances of retaining the Ashes are all but assured.
“It’s probably the best England team we’ve ever had” Flintoff was quoted as saying by BBC. “We’ve got Jimmy Anderson, who is England’s best-ever bowler; Alastair Cook, England’s best-ever batter.
“And you throw in the likes of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, who (are) fantastic – it’s exciting times.It’s not a case of England winning; it’s by how many. I believe in that side. It’s the type of side you’d want to be involved in, from the coach and the captain down. I think England will have a good winter,” the former all-rounder who appeared in 79 Tests for the national team further added.
Flintoff’s comments came a week after his former teammate Kevin Pietersen labelled this England team as “horrendous”. Also, the English Press widely criticised the inclusion of Gary Balance and James Vince in the squad. While Alistair Cook and captain Joe Root are arguably two best top-order batsmen in the world, Australian speedster Josh Hazlewood stated they have holes elsewhere in the batting line-up.
“They’ve got a couple of experienced guys at the top with Root and Cook, but there’s obviously some gaps there which are well documented,” Hazlewood told Sky Sports Radio on Wednesday.
“The extra pressure falls on Bairstow and (allrounder Ben) Stokes if he ends up coming, and senior bowlers. There’s a few gaps there in the top-order that we can hopefully exploit and put that extra pressure on those experienced guys. Stokes adds some balance to the team but whether he comes out or not is out of our control.”
Meanwhile, all-rounder, Ben Stokes has created a controversy over his participation in the Ashes after he got arrested following the suspicion of causing bodily harm in the early hours of last Monday. A video which got posted by The Sun showed a person apparently Stokes who was punching and knocking a man to the ground.
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