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Shane Warne backs Australia to win Ashes 2015

Former Australian leg spinner Shane Warne predicts that the tourists will bounce back in the remaining two tests and will win the Ashes series.

Australia suffered a huge defeat in the third Test at Edgbaston as the hosts are leading the five test match series by 2-1.

The Three Lions sealed an emphatic eight-wicket win on day three of the third Test after their 405-run defeat at Lord’s in second test.

England fast bowler James Anderson, who was the star performer with the ball – will be a big miss for the Hosts.

“The really worrying aspect for the England team is the loss through injury of Anderson,” the 45-year-old told The Sunday Times.

“Broad is in a good rhythm at present and Finn is obviously back to his best now but Jimmy, with his ability to move the ball both ways, to left and right-handers, as well as the mystery of his ‘wobble ball’, offers a different challenge altogether.”

“Australia are down, that’s for sure, but they will take a huge lift from Anderson’s absence at Trent Bridge this week, especially since it is a ground where he has such a tremendous record.”

“It’s a bit like Australia losing Glenn McGrath from the second and fourth Tests of the 2005 Ashes. The absence of Pigeon must have given the England batsmen a huge psychological lift before a ball was even bowled,” the leg spinner added.

“Question marks still remain about Adam Lyth and Bairstow, who was recalled for the Edgbaston Test. And while I think that he is now looking more convincing with the gloves, Jos Buttler looks like he is unsure of himself with the bat now that Australia have come up with a strategy of bowling wide of the off stump to him.”

“It’s for these last reasons that I am sticking with my prediction that the Ashes urn will be going back to Australia. Let’s just say that it could well finish 2-2 to someone,” Warne concluded.

The fourth Test will start this Thursday at Trent Bridge.

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