London: England skipper Andrew Strauss believes England can gain a key advantage by beating Australia in the five-match one-day series starting on June 22, in order to set things right ahead of their title defense this winter.
The Ashes will commence in Brisbane on November 25, and England has already seized the early initiative over Australia with their crushing victory in last month"s World Cup T20 final in Barbados.
Last year, after there Ashes win, England lost 6-1 against Aussies in the ODI series but Strauss believes that it will be a different story this time around.
“Last summer"s one-day matches were hard for both teams because they followed so soon after the Ashes. This time, the sub-text to the series will be that the Ashes are coming up and so is the World Cup next year," The Sun quoted him, as saying.
“They will be five important games for both sides in their preparation towards those events. We see it as a chance to test ourselves against the best one-day side in the world. This is a great opportunity," he said.
“We"ve made significant improvements in the 50-over team over the last nine months. We will also have Paul Collingwood back, after he missed the Test series against Bangladesh," he added.
The squad just comprises of 13 players as England are in a triangular tournament against India A and New Zealand A at the same time.