They don't seem to have had the hunger normally associated with Australian cricket sides. From Australia's point of view, there have been a few injuries and too many statements in the papers leading up to the series.
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I've always said I'd never automatically say no to options.
England have played excellent cricket and have met head on the challenges both on and off the field. They have called Australia's bluff during the series, and certainly dominated the last couple of Tests. You have got to look at how England have played. They have played very good cricket. They have put a lot of pressure on (Australia).
Actions do speak louder than words and they need to perform on the pitch. I was never a big believer in making outrageous statements - just little subtle hints here and there. Saying it is going to be 5-0 (referring to Glen McGrath's statement) puts enormous pressure on the guys when things start to go a little bit wrong and feel they have to live up to those expectations.
There may have been something behind that dinner, but I just took it as a casual conversation.
All good things must come to an end.
It's hard really to say who has the upper hand at this stage.
There were bits and pieces, but nothing substantial.
They don't seem to have the hunger normally associated with Australian cricket sides.