Allan Border tips 2-1 Ashes win for Australia

Published: Thursday, June 8, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Former Australia captain Allan Border tipped a 2-1 Ashes series win for his nation but warned the Australians would underrate England "at our own peril".

Border said Australia's home ground advantage would prove crucial in the campaign to regain the Ashes trophy that England claimed for the first time in 16 years last September.

"Overall, England are a good cricket team, but I just think at home we have got the players, as long as they all stay fit, to get those Ashes back," Border told Australian Associated Press.

"If England have some injury problems I think we will win and win well, but if they get their full complement here I'll give them a Test match and I think we will get two, so 2-1 will do me."

Border, the second highest runscorer in Test match history, nominated all-rounder Andrew Flintoff as England's main threat but said quick Steve Harmison and captain-batsman Michael Vaughan could also cause damage if they recovered from injury.

"To me they still have the basis of a very good cricket team once they get all their players fit," he said.

"If they keep Flintoff fit and they get Harmison back and Vaughan back after his knee (injury) they'll be very competitive -- we underrate them at our peril," he said.

The first of five Ashes Tests begins on November 23 in Brisbane.

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