Aussies 'have no aura'

England captain Andrew Strauss has made some daft remarks in the run-up to today’s Ashes test, claiming that Australia have lost their aura. Even if he weren’t England captain this would be a phenomenally dumb thing to say before a test against the Aussies, flying a red rag in front of a bull. Nevertheless, he couldn’t help himself.

‘I don't think this Australia side has an aura about them,’ he said. ‘That's not disrespectful to the current players (it isn’t? - Ed) but I think the aura came with the likes of Warne, McGrath, Hayden, Gilchrist. Even when we had good days against them in 2006-07, we were thinking, what is going to happen now? Is Gilchrist going to blast a hundred or Warne take five wickets from nowhere?

‘An aura only comes with a consistent level of performance over a long period of time. Australia had that but I don't feel that's where they are now, and that's encouraging. It doesn't mean you're more likely to beat them but it does feel like you are playing against any other Test team.’ If we lose The Ashes it’s all your fault, Strauss.

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