Inverarity: Don't write off Aussies
Australia's chairman of selectors John Inverarity has told England now is not the time to dismiss his side's chances of regaining the Ashes, despite the controversy currently engulfing the tourists.
Title-holders Australia’s early exit from the Champions Trophy which included a defeat by arch-rivals England, was compounded when David Warner was suspended until next month’s first Test for a bar-room attack on home batsman Joe Root and fined Aus USD 11,500 (7,000 pounds, USD 11,000).
Meanwhile captain Michael Clarke, now Australia’s best batsman, hasn’t played a competitive match since March due to a recurrence of a back injury he suffered in India and was absent again as the team's Champions Trophy exit was confirmed by Monday’s 20-run loss to Sri Lanka at The Oval.
Inverarity insisted the Ashes squad contained the “best players available” and that history showed Australia teams written off before a tour of England had a habit of making critics eat their words.
“In 1968, it was said that we had one of the weakest squads, that was 1-1. And another time I remember the English press said it was most certainly the weakest team to come to England was in 1989 and Australia won the series 4-0,” Inverarity told BBC Radio’s Test Match Special.