Aussie captain Steven Smith is of the opinion that the Aussie pace brigade will be able to replicate their performance from the 2013-14 Ashes which the Australians won by a 5-0 margin.
Spearheaded by Mitchell Johnson then, Australia dismantled the English batting line-up on a consistent basis with Johnson finishing with as many as 37 wickets in five Tests.
Former Captain Alistair Cook, current captain Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes was among the top six from the current squad who were part of the 2013-14 series. While Cook managed just 246 in the series, Root was dropped from the final match after failing in the all the four games.
Bairstow played just a couple of matches with the highest score of 21 while Stokes rose from the ranks and smashed a century at Perth after making his debut in Adelaide. He also bagged six wickets in the Sydney Test.
“Playing at home is always nice. I think a couple of them have got a few scars from what happened last time out here, and hopefully we’ll be able to exploit some of those,” Smith was quoted as saying by Fox Sports Back Page Live.
Meanwhile, England has taken a 2-1 lead in the ongoing four-match series against the Proteas and will look to seal the series in the final Test starting in a couple of days time. Aussie captain Steven Smith said that the English side has some very good players in their ranks and are currently playing a wonderful brand of cricket which might test the Aussies in the upcoming Ashes scheduled for later in the year.
“They’re a good side. They’re playing some good cricket at the moment, and they’ve got dangerous players,” Smith said.
Meanwhile, Ben Stokes has emerged as a trump card for the English side with his all-round abilities and his experience of playing in Australia will definitely come in handy for him and for the team.
Captain Joe Root following England’s resounding victory in the 3rd Test lauded his deputy and said he has advanced his game to a different level.
“He’s always been a great player but over the last year he’s really matured,” he said. “He’s found ways to be more consistent, affect the game. He thinks really well and he’s got a great cricket brain, which he doesn’t always get a lot of credit for.
“He’s a person you know you can turn under pressure to wrest a game back in your favour – this week is a fine example of what he’s capable of. He works extremely hard and you can see that now, so hopefully he’s still on an upward curve and has further to go and more to achieve in the game,” Root added.