Former England captain Paul Collingwood has called into question whether or not this current Ashes series is a foregone conclusion.
Speaking to Sky Sports a day after England’s crushing 347-run win over Australia, Collingwood pondered over the fact that the visitors may have left themselves with too much to do.
With three must-win matches to come, England’s 14-run victory in the opening Test might prove to be crucial in their efforts to retain the Ashes.
And the all-rounder has highlighted Alastair Cook and co’s narrow win as a potential turning point in the series for Australia, Collingwood stated: “You just sense, did they miss their opportunity at Trent Bridge? If the score was 1-1 things might be a little different.”
A 10-day interval between Tests leaves the touring team with time to rest, and also to fit in a tour match against Sussex.
“It’s tough to turn it around but at least they’ve got a bit of time to re-charge the batteries. They’ve got an opportunity at Sussex to score some runs in the middle,” explains Collingwood, who knows how difficult a position 2-0 down can be.
The 2006-07 Ashes saw England whitewashed, and now Australia need to dramatically improving – especially in the batting department – if they are to avoid being on the wrong end of a similar series defeat.
Collingwood echoed another former England skipper, Michael Vaughan, when he stated: “It’s the batting line-up that’s under pressure. England have been in this situation before in Australia and at 2-0 it’s hard to bounce back.”
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