England favorites to win Ashes: Symonds

Published: Wednesday, August 4, 2010, 15:34 [IST]
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Symonds tips England to win Ashes

Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds feels that England are a better team and more likely to lift the Ashes series against Ricky Ponting's side ahead of the series this winter.

Symonds, who turned into a freelance cricketer last year, feels Australia is no longer winning machine which it used to be in the past.

"If you look at form, England have to be favorites. That's what people say but that means nothing. Obviously, Australia had some injury problems with their bowlers, but come Ashes I think they will have their full quota of bowlers to select from. Personally, I will love to see Australia win," the 35-year-old England-born Australian said according to PTI report.

"But it will be an even contest. England will think they definitely can beat Australia. I think every team is realizing that Australia is a team that can be beaten. Australia is not the team it once was," added Symonds, who has been roped in by ESPN Star Sports as a commentator for this year's Champions League T20 to be held in South Africa from September 10.

Last time England toured Australia, the Aussies thrased thm 5-0 in the year 2006. England, however, made a strong comeback by winning the home series in 2008 and will be looking forward to retain the honour when the two arch-rivals meet in November.


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