Johnson: Aussies can tip Ashes balance
MITCHELL Johnson has declared Australia are a huge chance to reclaim the Ashes from an inconsistent England bearing the scars of their dismal recent Test history.
The Australian Test great also lit the spark ahead of the looming series by branding the recalled Gary Ballance as unfit to fill the No. 3 spot in England’s batting order.
England were rolled by South Africa for 133 in a shambolic second innings of the Second Test last week to lose by 340 runs.
It’s sparked widespread commentary about England’s perceived top- order fragility, lack of value for wickets and inability to adapt.
“It’s only one game, but it’s the way they got beaten,” the Townsville product said yesterday.
“They’ve got a few issues coming to Australia. Australia are a huge chance. They probably haven’t got that consistency at the moment. It’s getting close to an Ashes series so you want to try and lock that in, and it’s going to be hard for them now because they’ve just been beaten.”