Test question can?t stump wicketkeeper
FORMER Test wicketkeeper Ian Healy is adamant the Australian team must overcome a fearsome English bowling attack to retain the Ashes.
Healy, who joined the touring Wanderers Cricket Club's 32run win over the Capricorn Coast in Yeppoon yesterday, rates England's current crop of bowlers as Australia's biggest challenge to date.
"Australia is facing the best bowling attack they've ever faced,'' Healy said.
"They've got great plans (for the Australian batsmen) and they're sticking to them.''
Healy is confident Australia can bounce back to form in all aspects of play when the fourth Test starts at Trent Bridge next Thursday.
Healy said he expected fellow Queenslander Michael Kasprowicz to line up alongside fast bowling spearheads Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee and champion leg-spinner Shane Warne, with the out-of-form Jason Gillispie to be dropped.
At 41, Healy can still perform a middle-order rescue mission on the cricket field.
Healy, batting at No.5, was run-out for 43 runs after helping steer Wanderers to 8/224 from their 50 overs yesterday.
In reply, the home side was bundled out for 192 in the final over, with Wanderers leg-spinner Dennis Lillee, living up to his famous fast-bowling namesake, claiming 3/17 (4 overs).
Coast captain Justin Stower top-scored with 63.
The Wanderers' tour heads to Mackay tomorrow before it visits Clermont next Thursday.