Merv Hughes today warned England that Australia are gunning for Ashes revenge.
The Aussie legend believes they can win the Urn this winter – for the first time since 2007 – when England head Down Under next month.
The first Test starts at the Gabba on November 21 after England’s 3-0 series win this summer, their third straight Ashes victory. But Hughes, who took 212 Test wickets for Australia, reckons it will be completely different in the return series.
“They can win and there’s no doubt they are going to be better, they’re a young side and an emerging side and they have found their top three,” said the former national selector.
“I thought they were on the right track to finding the formula, but then they threw it all up in the air for the last Test match.
“To drop Usman Khawaja, one of their best batters, to strengthen the bowling raised a few eyebrows. Steve Smith was very good throughout and David Warner after his early indiscretion – how much effect that had will never be known – did well.
“When he came back in and batted at the top, Australia looked like a better team.
“They can certainly threaten England.”
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