Arthur warns Clarke, Watson to `fire` or risk seeing Oz lose Ashes 2-1
Sydney: Sacked Australian coach Mickey Arthur has warned Australia that unless captain Michael Clarke and all-rounder Shane Watson show a `fiery form` then England will win this summer`s Ashes series 2-1.
Although England is the favourite to win a fourth straight Ashes series, but the team has a number of concerns heading into the five-Test bout, including Tim Bresnan`s back issues and the poor form of Chris Tremlett, Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin in the three-day tour match against the WACA Chairman`s XI.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Arthur, who was sensationally sacked on the eve of the last Ashes series, said he feels that England can still have Australia`s measure and retain the urn unless Clarke, Watson and another batsman show a good fightback.
Urging Australia to select ODI captain George Bailey for his Test debut ahead of Shaun Marsh, Ed Cowan, Phillip Hughes and Usman Khawaja, Arthur also advised the team to probe England skipper Alastair Cook`s opening partner Joe Root and their yet-undecided No.6 in the batting order.
Stating that he has doubts about Root`s technique standing up on the bouncier, quicker wickets of Australia, Arthur further said that Australia can take advantage of the fact that either Jonny Bairstow or newcomer Gary Ballance may bat at No.6 even though neither of them has a proven track record yet.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Sheena was Indrani’s daughter from her previous marriage, not sister
- How justified is the violence in Gujarat over quota row?-Part 2
- Gujarat quota stir: Exclusive interview with Hardik Patel
- Gujarat quota stir: PM Modi appeals for peace
- Sheena Bora murder mystery: Eight questions which need to be answered
- I know why Indrani Mukherjea murdered my sister Sheena: Mikhail Bora
- Sheena Bora murder case: All that we know about Indrani Mukherjea
- Pregnant teen buried alive, wakes up in coffin
- Sheena Bora murder case: Indrani Mukherjea's former husband, Sanjeev Khanna, arrested by Mumbai Police
- 3rd Test: India vs Sri Lanka 2015 - Preview