Sydney, Nov 14 (CNMSPORTS) Ahead of the gruelling five-Test Ashes rubber against England starting on November 23 in Brisbane, mind games from both sides have begun with former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting predicting a sweep for the hosts.
Ponting, who led Australia in 77 Tests and four Ashes campaigns, however favoured the tourists to win the historic day-night fixture in Adelaide, as the conditions will favour the swing duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad in the second game.
"My prediction is that I think it will be four-nil Australia, and I think the best chance that England have got will be in Adelaide where a night game, pink ball, the night time conditions will suit Anderson and Broad down to the ground," Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
"But if they don't win that one, I can't see them winning one."
Ponting also hit back at English greats Sir Ian Botham and Graeme Swann's comments on the home side's poor batting line-up, saying England should "be looking in their own backyards" rather than casting aspersions on Australia's personnel.