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Fans predict Aussie defeat in the Ashes

Melbourne: The Aussie fans seem to have lost all faith in their national cricket team as a nationwide online survey has thrown up a verdict that Australia would not win the Ashes this time around.

While a lot of fans still hoped that Australia would regain the Ashes, 56 per cent believe that England will defeat Australia on home soil for the first time since 1986-87.

In a poll conducted by the Sunday Herald Sun online, more than 6000 fans took part, with questions ranging from the make-up of the team for the first Test at the Gabba, starting on November 25, to whether there is too much cricket being played.

The people blamed the selectors for the Aussie team sliding to No. 5 position in the world Test rankings.

The poll also showed that they believe that coach Tim Nielsen is a failure and should be replaced by Shane Warne. Besides, an overwhelming 74 per cent said that Michael Clarke should not become the next Test captain.

And while Michael Hussey remained a line-ball selection, Marcus North, who only last week was projected as a future captain, did not get the fans' support.

In fact, the people's verdict said that he did not even deserve to be in the team, with 69 per cent of them saying that he should be dropped.

Meanwhile, 85 per cent voted against Nathan Hauritz as the spin bowling answer for Australia and instead chose young gun Steve Smith as the preferred option. — PTI

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