There's surely no stopping the Aussies now. After a hesitant start, they have got their act together and Ricky Ponting's men should be prohibitive favourites to retain the Ashes. The manner in which they comprehensively thrashed England at Headingley bodes ill for the hosts.
Without KP and Freddie, England are a considerably weakened side and even if the iconic all rounder plays at the Oval, one cannot see the Aussies faltering. Once they regroup it is almost Mission Impossible for the opponents and England's hopes of regaining the Ashes is no longer a credible alternative, particularly, since even a draw will suffice for the Aussies to keep the urn till the next contest.
What a defeat, by an innings and plenty and inside three days does for a side is not too difficult to imagine. The confidence levels are all but shattered and it is clear that Andrew Strauss and his men are a battered lot. One just cannot see them recover in time for the final Test which commences on August 20.Read More »from Ponting holds all the aces