English tougher than Aussies: Thorpe

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London, Nov 10 (UNI) Former England batsman Graham Thorpe today asserted that the Indians will find the English a much tougher opponent than Australia in in the upcoming two-Test series.

India thrashed Australia by 172 runs in the fourth and final Test at Nagpur today to win the series 2-0 and reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after a gap of five years. They had earlier won the Mohali Test by a historic margin of 320 runs which underlined their dominance over the world champions.

Thorpe felt that the Aussies were handicapped by a lack of bowling options, particularly in the spin department and the stronger English attack will prove to be a much stronger challenge.

''I really believe England will give India a greater contest because they have a stronger bowling attack,'' Thorpe told Sky Sports. ''Whether they pick two spinners or just Monty Panesar they will be stronger.'' However, the former middle-order batsman further added that Jason Kreja, who grabbed 12 wickets in his debut Test, would not not be a part of the next Ashes series because they will like to have an all-rounder in place of the off-spinner.

''The off-spinner Jason Krejza (man of the match in Nagpur) has had a great debut by picking up 12 wickets but I don't even expect to see him in the Ashes next year and I would think Australia will go in with an extra seamer and use Michael Clarke and Andrew Symonds (as the spinners),'' he said.

''We will have a better idea of where Australia are after the two series home and away against South Africa before the Ashes (that start in July),'' he added.


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