Arthur warns England of Australia's firepower

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Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 13:37 [IST]
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'Aussies have firepower in their attack'

London, Jun 20: Australia coach Mickey Arthur is quite confident of his team's good show against England and has warned the opponents as the Australian team is keen on adopting the aggressive approach for the upcoming ODI series against England.

This will be the only bilateral tournament wherein Australia will be playing England in England before the Ashes that is due to be played in 2013, as the opponents start as favourites having been the World's best Test team.

"We are world number ones and we aim to come out and play a really good, exciting and sustainable brand of cricket," said Arthur, coach of the Australian team.

"We have an exciting team. We have some real firepower in our attack. The aim for us is to stay number one while we keep evolving as a side. That's a challenge in itself," he said.

Talking about the opposition, Arthur said, it was difficult to beat England at home as they have a good track record playing in England.

"England are playing really well. I watched them the other day and they played some good cricket. They are tough in their own conditions."

He further added saying that, the tour would help youngsters to get accustomed to the conditions as it would come in handy while playing the same opponents next year during Ashes 2013.

"This is purely about winning a one-day series, but it does allow us to give the likes of Pat Cummins and James Pattinson opportunities in conditions they will be facing for three and a half months next year," said Arthur.

Though the focus was only on playing the ODI series which is scheduled to start on June 29, Arthur stressed on the fact that Australia are thinking beyond the ODI series, and looked at this tour as preparation for Ashes as well.

"We're now blessed with a really good array of fast bowlers. We can pick any one of eight without weakening our side," said Arthur. "I believe the Ashes next year will evolve around which team has the fittest attack and can keep that attack on the park for five Test matches."


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