's team celebrate with David Warner (C) celebrate after Warner took the catch to dismiss England's Matt Prior during the fourth day's play of the first Ashes cricket test match in Brisbane
Shane Warne expects a whitewash win by Australia over England in the on-going Ashes series.
In his article on the Telegraph, Warne suggested that England would not be able to win in the Perth test. That is why the Adelaide test starting this week is going to be the decider for England. If England fails to win this test, Australia may do a whitewash on England, he suggested.
Warne calls the second test of any series to be 'pivotal' more often than not. He recalled his last Ashes series in 2006-07 when the Adelaide test set the tone for Australia to do a whitewash with a 5-0 win over England. On the other hand, England could pull back in the Edgbaston test in 2005, which was also the second test of the series.
Warne claimed that England must win the Adelaide test as it won't be possible for England to beat them in Perth. Australia has a splendid record in Perth. That is why Australia should not worry much even if they lose in Adelaide as they are sure to win in the next. England's chance to prove a point in the on-going Ashes series may be over by this week, Warne suggested.
No one knows the Ashes better than Shane Warne who holds the record of taking the most number of wickets in the iconic series between Australia and England. Warne took 195 wickets, playing 36 test matches. His bowling average is 23.25, while the strike rate in 55.1.
The Ashes is more than just a game of cricket for Australia and England who believe it to be their pride. No test match series comes even close to the popularity of the Ashes. In terms of records, Australia has always been ahead of England.
Nevertheless, not much was expected from the present Australian cricket team as theirs is a comparatively less experienced one with a number of young cricketers who are relatively new to international cricket. Even England assumed that the present Australian team was not 'good enough,' Warne wrote. The emphatic defeat in the first test should turn out to be a rude awakening for England, he said.
To contact the editor, e-mail: