Former England and Middlesex spinner Phil Tufnell believes this winter represents a great chance for England to win an Ashes series in Australia, as England have leapfrogged their Australian counter-parts.
Tufnell told Cricket World: “I cannot wait for the Ashes, I think we have got better and the Australians have gotten worse. I think it will be 2-1 or 2-0 to England and we will retain the Ashes.”
After troubled batsman Kevin Peitersen handed over the captaincy to Andrew Strauss in early 2009 the England side have gone from strength to strength. The England head coach, Andy Flower, has now settled in to his role and this combination have proved successful, especially in 2010. Out of 21 games in 2010 England have won 14 under the watchful eye of Strauss and Flower. Tufnell feels that this duo has gotten the players in to an ideal mindset for this winter.
“Australia is a tough place to go and play cricket, but I think the boys are prepared and guys, Strauss and Andy Flower have got them in a good frame of mind.”
Some observers would have been surprised that left arm spinner, Monty Panesar, has been picked in the Ashes squad following a good spell with Sussex this season. Panesar has taken 52 wickets this season at an average of 25.69, including two five-wicket hauls. However, Tufnell feels that the selectors have picked the right squad for the conditions in Australia.
“Why not take Monty? I think he has had a decent season and I think they will play two spinners perhaps at Sydney and Adelaide, they have picked the right squad.”
To view Tufnell's interview in its entirety, click here. Tufnell was talking to Cricket World during a 24-hour three-way conversation organised by Powwownow.
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