Former England skipper Nasser Hussain and legendary Aussie batsman Ricky Ponting agree that bowlers from both sides will have bragging rights during the course of The Ashes - starting with the first Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Wednesday.
Discussing their views as part of Daily Mail's coverage of the series, both veterans agreed that pace and spin can combine to challenge batsmen. "They (Australia) will have to play at their absolute best but, unusually, our bowling's our strength going in. I'm expecting big things from our bowlers," said Ponting who retired last year. "A lot of it will come down to tosses and conditions." (Also read: Haddin wants to end the Ashes hurt)
Hussain also lent credibility to the Aussie challenge. "Australia are not the side they used to be but I'm not convinced they're as bad as everyone's making out," he said, adding though that James Anderson may well be used as a lethal weapon against the touring party. "When the ball moves around, Jimmy Anderson can be unplayable. The other problem for Australia is if it starts flat, it will eventually turn, and they haven't played spin well."