Former Australian spinner Shane Warne has predicted that his countrymen will make a comeback against England in the remaining two matches and will win the Ashes series.
Michael Clarke's side suffered a crushing defeat in the third Test at Edgbaston as the Three Lions are leading the series 2-1. England bounced back after their 405-run defeat at Lord's and sealed an emphatic eight-wicket win just before tea on day three of the third Test.
Steven Finn and James Anderson were the star performers for the hosts with the ball. However, the latter will miss the fourth Test after suffering a side strain in the second innings of the previous match.
The fourth Test will begin on 6 August at Trent Bridge. Anderson has an impressive record in Nottingham and he will be a big miss for England.
Warne believes his loss, coupled with a poor batting performance from England batsmen, especially by the likes of skipper Alastair Cook, Adam Lyth and Jonny Bairstow will help Australia to come from behind and seal the series in the next two matches.
"The really worrying aspect for the England team is the loss through injury of Anderson," Warne told The Sunday Times.
"Broad is in a good rhythm at present and Finn is obviously back to his best now but Jimmy, with his ability to move the ball both ways, to left and right-handers, as well as the mystery of his 'wobble ball', offers a different challenge altogether."
"Australia are down, that's for sure, but they will take a huge lift from Anderson's absence at Trent Bridge this week, especially since it is a ground where he has such a tremendous record."
"It's a bit like Australia losing Glenn McGrath from the second and fourth Tests of the 2005 Ashes. The absence of Pigeon must have given the England batsmen a huge psychological lift before a ball was even bowled," the leg spinner added.
"Question marks still remain about Adam Lyth and Bairstow, who was recalled for the Edgbaston Test. And while I think that he is now looking more convincing with the gloves, Jos Buttler looks like he is unsure of himself with the bat now that Australia have come up with a strategy of bowling wide of the off stump to him."
"It's for these last reasons that I am sticking with my prediction that the Ashes urn will be going back to Australia. Let's just say that it could well finish 2-2 to someone," Warne concluded.