Thatscricket - News - England have no chance against Aussies: Tony

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2001, 22:40 [IST]
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London: England's cricket team is heading for a five-nil drubbing in the Ashes Test series against Australia this summer, according to former England captain Tony Greig.Greig, now a cricket commentator in Australia, told British radio station talk SPORT on Tuesday that the Australian side at full strength was too hot for England to handle."Five-nil is a distinct possibility," said the former Sussex all-rounder who led England in the mid-1970s before leaving the Test arena as the lynch pin of Australia media magnate Kerry Packer's 'rebel' World Series Cricket."I think there's a very good chance that if everyone is fit, England are going to have a dreadful time against this Australian side," the South-African born Greig added."I have to give England some credit for beating Pakistan away, I think it was a fantastic effort to win that Test match."But this Australian cricket team is a wonderful side. I've heard over the years on numerous occasions how England have turned the corner, how they've started doing things, but I have to be practical."Speaking from Sydney, Greig said: "I think England have come a little way this time round, but my view is that Australia are a fantastic side with everyone playing - now that could change."I want to see England win, I've just lost a bit of faith. I've lived in this part of the world for a while and I've been standing here copping it - as a former England captain I'm really on the front line when it comes to Australians dishing out flak."Believe me I want to see England win, but I've got to be practical about this. If Australia have their full side England will have a dreadful time."Their full side is being watered down already, though - the big news is that Brett Lee, who's probably the fastest bowler in the world, is having an operation on his elbow today, so things are starting to look a bit better for England."Copyright AFP 2000

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