Opener David Warner is predicting that Australia will beat England 4-0 in the upcoming Ashes series as the old rivals prepare to do battle at the T20 World Cup
Glenn McGrath was infamous for predicting a five-nil whitewash ahead of each Ashes series but Warner has stopped short of emulating the legendary Australian bowler, suggesting that only poor weather will see England avoid a five-nil drubbing.
Speaking to Australian radio station SEN, Warner said: “Look, I’m almost a trademark for headlines, aren’t I?
“It’s going to be a challenge. Glenn loved a 5-0. I’ll say 4-0. There has to be some give with weather around, surely.”
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Before the Ashes can get underway, England and Australia will face off in a blockbuster clash at the T20 World Cup.
And Warner enjoyed a timely return to form ahead of that game, smashing 65 in Australia’s win over Sri Lanka.
The 35-year-old has been struggling for form recently and, having failed to score more than 14 in a single innings since April, his position in the side had come under scrutiny.
However, he fired back in emphatic fashion against Sri Lanka and Australia’s vice-captain PAt Cummins believes Warner is ready to star against England.
“Davy is a huge player for us,” Cummins said. “For the last decade he has been huge for Australian cricket.
“I think opening the batting, that’s where you can really set up the innings and you saw yesterday, the way him and Finchy took the game on.
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“It makes those kind of 150 targets either tough to get or you feel like you’re well ahead of the run rate straightaway, so he was fantastic.
“He’s also another player that is a big game player who likes taking on the big teams. I’m sure tomorrow you’ll see him puffing his chest out.
“And he’s someone that our whole team absolutely loves playing alongside. We all go with him and back him up so it was fantastic to see him back in the runs, he is such a good player.”