Australia hero Ricky Ponting fires Ashes warning to England ahead of second Test

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes England are already in danger of an Ashes whitewash, with Joe Root’s side needing to bounce back in Adelaide to avoid a repeat of 2006-07 and 2013-14.

Ashes holders Australia took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series after thumping England by nine wickets in Brisbane.

England, who have won just two series Down Under since 1987, were bowled out for 147 on day one, with Pat Cummins marking his captaincy debut with five wickets and Mitchell Starc bowling Rory Burns with the first ball of the series.

In reply, Australia posted 425 as Travis Head scored the third fastest Ashes century and David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne both made fifties.

England attempted to fightback but half-centuries from Root and Dawid Malan were in vain as Australia cruised to a nine-wicket win to make the perfect start to their Ashes defence.

The two teams are now in South Australia for the second Test – which starts on Thursday morning – and Ponting feels conditions will ‘only get better’ for the hosts.

‘The conditions are only going to get better for Australia,’ he told cricket.com.au. ‘The 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.

‘If they don’t win in Adelaide then there could be shades of 2006-07.’

England’s 2005 Ashes heroes were thrashed 5-0 by Australia in 2006-07 and Sir Alastair Cook’s side lost by the same margin in 2013-14. In Root’s first Ashes tour as captain in 2017-18, England slipped to a 4-0 defeat.

The tourists will consider recalling fast-bowling greats James Anderson and Stuart Broad for the day-night Test in Adelaide after both missed the series opener.

Australia have confirmed Jhye Richardson will replace the injured Josh Hazlewood, while David Warner is expected to be fit despite injuring his ribs at the Gabba.

‘Richardson was obviously very close to playing this Test instead of Starc [in the first Test]. He’s in great form,’ added Ponting.

‘When the ball’s not swinging and seaming, I’d have him ahead of [Michael] Neser as far as an all-round bowling package is concerned.

‘Neser obviously thrives in swinging, seaming conditions that he gets at the Gabba – and might get at some stage in Adelaide – but I still think Richardson gets the nod.’

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