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Ponting: If England don't win in Adelaide, there could be shades of '06-07


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Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting said that the conditions in Brisbane were very English like and after this, challenges are only going to increase for the visitors.

Australia defeated England by nine wickets in the first Test at the Gabba, Brisbane.

"The conditions are only going to get better for Australia. Those conditions (in Brisbane) were very English like. There was more pace and bounce but as far as their bowling is concerned, they're probably not going to get that much movement anywhere else for the entire series,” the former Test captain told cricket.com.au.

"We saw them bowl really well on the last tour in Adelaide under lights where everything just fell perfectly into place – Australia had to bat for a session, the lights were on, brand new ball, clear night,”

"We've also been to Adelaide at other times when the pink ball has done nothing, whether it's a new ball or not. If they don't win in Adelaide then there could be shades of '06-07," he added.

Ponting was surprised after both James Anderson and Stuart Broad didn’t play the opening Ashes Test at The Gabba in Brisbane.

“I’m still staggered to this point now. If Stuart Broad and James Anderson are not better bowlers in Australia than Chris Woakes, then I’m not here. One of those two had to play,” he added.

The second Test between the arch-rivals is set to get underway on Thursday, December 16 at the Adelaide Oval.

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