Hughes sceptical about England matching Aussies

Published: Sunday, April 24, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Melbourne:Former Australian paceman Merv Hughes has said that the English cricketers may stand up to the pressure exerted on them by the Aussies occasionally but at large would crumble in the upcoming Ashes series.

Hughes was quoted as saying in an Australian daily The Age that the Michael Vaughan's men have no doubt improved as a side over the last few seasons but was sceptical whether they can match the world champion in the one of the most covered Test series, beggining at the historic Lord's on July 21.

"The thing about England players is they love playing when there's no pressure on them. That hasn't changed over the years, I don't think. They have plenty of ability with no grunt, or they have plenty of grunt with no ability, The Age quoted.

"The important thing about the Australians is they love applying pressure to the opposition and just watching them crack wide open. They have a lot of ability with tons of grunt to go with it and that's the big difference."

Hughes was effusive in praise of the Kangaroos who according to him always stood up when their backs are against the wall.

"The thing I admire about this Australian team is that when their backs are against the wall, to a man, they stand up. There are no passengers. When England are against the wall, they've only got three or four players who are capable of standing up, but it's a very heavy anchor for them to drag along," Hughes said.

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