Ricky Ponting is already warning England against ashes whitewash
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has warned England that after just one test they are at risk of ashes.
Ponting believes the tourists had a real chance at the top of the series at the series opener in Brisbane, with an all-out nine-goal loss spelling bad news for their prospects in the next four games.
The 46-year-old, who followed events at the Gabba as an expert for host broadcaster Channel 7, knows exactly what an Ashes 5-0 win feels like after winning a captain in 2006/07.
"Conditions are only getting better for Australia. Conditions (in Brisbane) were very English."
"There was more pace and bounce, but as for their bowling, they probably won't get as much exercise anywhere else throughout the series. If they don't win in Adelaide it could be shades of '06" / 07. "
Ponting also gave the formidable Western Australia sailor Jhye Richardson as a capable substitute for Josh Hazlewood in the event that he is excluded with sore ribs.
He'd be vying for the selection against Michael Neser, who pushed his case forward with a five-wicket haul for Australia A against the England Lions this week, and Ponting believes he has the skills to perform.
"Richardson was obviously very close to playing this Test instead of Starc. He's in great shape," said Ponting.
"If the ball didn't swing and hem, I'd have it in front of Neser for an all-round bowling package in Adelaide - but I still think Richardson gets the nod."