Glenn McGrath:

“I think I was saying 3-0 or 4-0 about 12 months ago, thinking there might be a bit of rain around. But with the weather as it is at the moment, I have to say 5-0.”

Jeff Thomson:

“England will lose the five-Test series 3-0 and the margin will be worse for them if it doesn’t rain. If you put the players from Australia and England up against each other it is embarrassing. There is no contest between them on an individual or team basis.”

Terry Alderman:

“If Australia get away to a good start then England have got no chance. They have got to be competitive in that first Test at Lord’s or else it’s goodnight.”

Matthew Hoggard:

“They’re getting on a little bit – we’ve got back-to-back Test matches so it’ll be interesting to see if they can put in the consistent performances for 25 days. It’ll be interesting to see if they have the firepower to bowl us out twice.”

The Daily Telegraph, Sydney:

“What’s worse than a whingeing Englishman? Gloating Pommies. One day we’ll lose the Ashes and it will be as horrific as waking up after a night on the drink in a room full of images of Camilla Parker Bowles.”

You have no idea.

[Thanks to The Motley Fool]