With the 2017-18 Ashes series just weeks away, the war of words are in full swing. After Mitchell Johnson, David Warner; it’s former English opener Ian Bell who’s weighed in on the battle, saying that the Aussies are ‘nervous’ before the Ashes. Bell tried to make his point by pointing out that Australia don’t yet have their bowlers, wicket keeper and the no. 6 position nailed on, which might hamper their team harmony and hand the English an advantage before renewing the age old rivalry. He also emphasized that Australia will be under more pre4ssure than England as the home crowd will expect more from them, adding to the already high pressure of delivering.
Bell said, “The Australians will be nervous, even though they like to give off the impression of being fearless. That’s a massive front. There will be more (pressure) on Australia losing at home than England losing away. Australia don’t know who their keeper should be, they don’t know what their bowling line-up is. Despite all the talk, the fact is that people like Pat Cummins have never played five games in a row in their lives. They have four world-class players — David Warner, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood — what about the rest? There’s a lot of question marks.”
Bell finally concluded by saying, “There is nothing to lose for this young England side. When we won in 2010-11 we went under the radar a little bit and I sense this team has the same kind of feel. Not a lot of people are giving them a chance and that means they can go about their business quietly.”