Ricky Ponting
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Ricky Ponting Predicts The Winner of Ashes 2021: Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting – who has been a part of several Ashes games – made a prediction on The Ashes 2021 winners with less than 24 hours to go for the start.

Ricky Ponting Predicts The Winner of Ashes 2021

The Ashes 2021 will kickstart from December 8, 2021, with the opening match on Brisbane. The last test match of the Ashes will be played between January 14-18, 2022. Optus Stadium, Perth

Speaking about the winner of Ashes 2021, Ricky Ponting says:

“I think Australia will win because I think England will struggle to take 20 wickets in five Test matches just with the stuff we were talking about their bowlers and even not having a real quality spinner for these conditions in their lineup either. There are potentially some scars from last summer still that I think the Aussies have got to get over, and put behind them. And if they take England lightly or take anything for granted then I think it potentially can be a little bit closer than what everyone’s sort of saying. But I totally expect Australia to win.”

Asked about his prediction for the five-match Ashes series, Ricky Ponting said 3-1 in favor of Australia. He that England’s “best chance” to win a game is the pink-ball Test in Adelaide.

“3-1 Australia. Where are England winning? Their best chance is to win is in Adelaide I think.”

The pink ball offers more swing to fast bowlers under lights and will suit the styles of the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

England’s best bowling performance in the 2017 Ashes came in the pink-ball Test when they bowled Australia out for 138 in the third innings. But the English batters failed to capitalize as the Aussies ended up winning the contest.

England’s most exciting pace talent, Jofra Archer, will miss the series due to injury and is perhaps the biggest blow to Joe Root and co.’s chances. The visiting lineup has only two genuine spinners in the shape of Jack Leach and Dom Bess.

Leach has a decent record and is likely to start at the Gabba, but it remains to be seen if he can hold his own in Australian conditions. Bess has had prodigious success at the first-class level, but is yet to find his feet in international cricket.

The Ashes 2021 Schedule

DateMatchVenue
8-12 December 20211st Test Australia v England Gabba,  Brisbane
16-20 December 20212nd Test Australia v England (D/N) Adelaide Oval,  Adelaide
26-30 December 20213rd Test Australia v England MCG,  Melbourne
5-9 January 20224th Test, Australia v EnglandSCG, Sydney
14-18 January 20225th Test, Australia v EnglandOptus Stadium, Perth

The Ashes 2021 Squad

Australia Squad

Pat Cummins (C), Steve Smith (VC), Alex Carry (WK), Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Cameron Green, Jhye Richardson, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson.

England Squad

Joe Root (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Jonny Bairstow (WK), Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Daniel Lawrence, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Craig Overton, Chris Woakes, Rory Burns, Ollie Pope, James Anderson, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood