Cricket: Aussie 'backlash' talk doesn't bother new MCC chief Gatting
LONDON (AFP) - Former England cricket captain Mike Gatting has laughed off suggestions that Alastair Cook's men could face an Australia "backlash" when they defend the Ashes Down Under.
Despite losing the recent Ashes series in England by a convincing 3-0 margin, the Australia camp have been in bullish mood ahead of the return campaign which starts with the first Test in Brisbane in November.
But Gatting, who led England to Ashes glory in Australia in 1986-87, told BBC Sport on Monday: "What are they (Australia) going to backlash us (England) with?
"Have they found another Shane Warne or a Glenn McGrath?" added the former batsman, famously dismissed by leg-spin great Warne's "ball of the century" at Old Trafford in 1993.