Will Swanton’s 10 Reasons Why Australia Will Win The Ashes
TOP PREDICTION of 2010: Will Swanton forecast: “10 reasons Poms WON’T win”.
Says Swanton in Australia’s Daily Telegraph November 19, 2010.
Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and Steve Finn are respectable quicks. But they lack the fear factor. Every truly great attack has someone pushing 150km/h, like Mitchell Johnson does for Australia.
Adam Johnson is chiefly remembered on the Tour for being the subject of the Barmy Army song:
He bowls to the left,
He bowls to the right,
That Mitchell Johnson is fucking shite
Reason 6 is -irony of ironies – “over analysis. Again Aussie’s speedster gets the plaudits:
They’ve faced bowling machines with footage of Australian speedsters running in at them – and still didn’t want to know about Mitchell Johnson.
He’s got more:
This is England we’re talking about. Losing is a tradition. Think soccer World Cups. Think Tim Henman at Wimbledon. Think every cricket tour of Australia since 1986-87. They always arrive talking themselves up, vowing they won’t wilt under the heat and pressure and scrutiny, then wilt under the heat and pressure and scrutiny. They’ve hired a self-described Yips Doctor – because they need one.
While Australia pins its hopes on minority sports, we move to number 10:
Five of their top six batsmen are the same lot who stumbled and bumbled through the 5-0 loss on England’s last trip to Australia. The scarring is deep and real. Jimmy Anderson’s memories of Australia are all nightmarish. He averaged 45.16. Broad and Finn are yet to play a Test series in Australia. Hard surfaces jarring bones and muscles, oppressive heat – they won’t know what or who has hit them.
Well, he is the media expert…