Ashes 2010, Third Test: Musings on Australian Preparations

Linus FernandesAnalyst IIDecember 14, 2010

Shane Warne: A Hurley-Burly life!
Shane Warne: A Hurley-Burly life!Lucas Dawson/Getty Images

Ricky Ponting feels that the Perth pitch will allow him the luxury of playing four fast bowlers. Horses for courses is the theory in play.

It may well be a ploy that could backfire.

The last time India played Australia at Australia, it was at Perth that the Indians pulled one back to make it 2-1, under the inspiring leadership of Anil Kumble. The Englishmen’s cause, however, is not helped by Stuart Broad’s injury and consequent absence.

The No. 1 Test bowler this year has a hold on the Australians, asserts former England coach Duncan Fletcher. Graeme Swann will have a hand to play at the WACA.

Phillip Hughes believes that the only way to disconcert the Poms is to take them on and go on the offensive. He intends to take a leaf from Virender Sehwag’s book and put the English attack to the sword.

Good luck to him.

He does have two Test centuries against the South Africans and his batting average in seven Tests is 51.25.

Steven Smith comes in for Marcus North. Can his leg-spin and batting heroics make a difference? He is the joker in the pack.

In the light of Australia’s dismal show in the first two Tests, it comes as no surprise that the man hogging the headlines is Shane Warne.

From his tempestuous love life to his off-the-cuff, seemingly bizarre cricketing advice, the former Test cricketer is everywhere. With Warney playing the role of Pied Piper, can Hamlin (read Perth) stem the English influx?

Phillip Hughes and Steven Smith
Phillip Hughes and Steven SmithHamish Blair/Getty Images

Quote of the day:
If it turns out that there is a God, I don’t think that he’s evil. But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he’s an underachiever. – Woody Allen