No pressure from Ashes whitewash claim: Bollinger

Updated: 20 August 2010 12:20 IST

Doug Bollinger says skipper Ricky Ponting's claim that Australia could sweep this year's Ashes series 5-0 has not heaped extra pressure on the team.

No pressure from Ashes whitewash claim: Bollinger

Syd:

Paceman Doug Bollinger says skipper Ricky Ponting's claim that Australia could sweep this year's Ashes series 5-0 has not heaped extra pressure on the team to beat England, reports said Friday.

Ponting's belief that routing England was "absolutely possible" riled the England team with batsman Jonathan Trott replying: "If I said that I would probably find it puts pressure on me and the team."

But Bollinger, who is vying with Mitchell Johnson, Ben Hilfenhaus and Ryan Harris to lead Australia's new-ball attack in the November-January Ashes series, said Ponting's assertion would not hinder the Australians.

"I don't think so, I think that is exciting," Bollinger told The Sydney Morning Herald.

"That is the benchmark we can set ourselves and if we can achieve that it would be brilliant.

"Winning 5-0, especially at home, you wouldn't see me for a couple of weeks, that would be awesome."

Although England have defeated Australia in Test, one-day and Twenty20 matches in the past year, Bollinger added to the pre-Ashes mind games.

"They are confident because they have been winning every game. What team wouldn't be confident?" he said.

"But I'm not worried. We have just as good players -- if not better players than they do."

Meanwhile, senior batsman Simon Katich said he was unconcerned that half of Australia's likely top order batting line-up against England will be aged 35.

Ponting will be just a month shy of 36 when the first Test against England begins at Brisbane's Gabba in late November while Mike Hussey turned 35 in May.

Katich, who celebrates his 35th birthday on Saturday, dismissed age as a factor as Australia attempt to retrieve the Ashes they lost in England last year.

"There's a fair bit being made of that and you can't hide from the fact that there are going to be three of us over 35 in the top four or five," Katich told The Australian.

"From my point of view I know I'm older but at the same time I'm as hungry as I've ever been, I'm enjoying playing cricket again and my attitude has been the same for the last two or three years.

Having lost the Ashes, the coming series is likely to have a big bearing on the future of the 35-year-old Australian batting trio.

"I'm confident with us playing in Australia we know our conditions well and we're looking forward to playing at home. Hopefully that will hold us in good stead, but anything can happen," Katich said.



Topics : Cricket England Australia
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