John­son: Aussies can tip Ashes bal­ance

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

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.”

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