I can see England doing well against Australia: Hashim Amla
The South African Test captain also stressed the importance of James Anderson's form during the series.
South African Test captain Hashim Amla believes that England will do well against Australia in the upcoming Ashes since they will be playing at their home under seamer friendly conditions. Amla, who is playing county cricket for Derbyshire, spoke to London Evening Standard about England’s chances.
“I can see England doing well against Australia. With a lot more bowler-friendly conditions in England, hopefully, it will be a good series. At the top of cricket it is (South Africa) and Australia but England at home are quite a good team.”
But he also stressed that they need to be on top on all disciplines to keep challenging Australia and also stressed the importance of having an in-form James Anderson.
“To win they will have to bat well and do well in all the disciplines. Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad are still very good bowlers and both have troubled me at different times. The conditions in England certainly suit him and his style of swinging the ball. A wonderful swing bowler, in the last few years, he has certainly been one of the top seam bowlers in the world along with Dale Steyn, Mitchell Johnson, Vernon Philander.”
When asked to compare the current Australian Test side to the past great teams, he was quick to point out that it was too early for such comparisons.
“They are a good team. It’s a bit early to tell if they are as good. Then, they had Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath, the two outstanding bowlers of their generation. Johnson is a different type of bowler to McGrath. McGrath bowled more in the good areas (while) Johnson is a bit more attacking,” he concluded.