Balanced England can win Ashes - Faf du Plessis

Faf du Plessis believes England can win the Ashes
Faf du Plessis believes England can win the Ashes

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis believes England have the right balance to beat Australia in the Ashes series to be played later this year.

England have convincingly defeated the Proteas 3-1 in the four-match series that saw them climb to the third position in the International Cricket Council Test rankings overtaking Australia, who now move to fourth.

Even though, Joe Root's men lost the second Test at Trent Bridge by 340 runs, they claimed wins of 211 runs, 239 runs and 177 runs at Lord's, The Oval and Old Trafford respectively to retain the Basil D'Oliveira Trophy.

England will tour down under for a five-match series between 23rd November and 8th January 2018 to be played in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney and du Plessis backs the bowling attack led by James Anderson to counter the aggressive nature of Australian batsmen.

"If you have assistance and skill, which England's bowlers have, you can target Australia's batting line-up," du Plessis told the BBC.

"They are relentless and our batting line-up wasn't strong enough for them.

"Australia have fiery and quick batsmen so England will need to get through them. (But) I think England could be Ashes winners. They have a balanced team."

Earlier, du Plessis led South Africa to 2-1 series victory in Australia and the 33-year-old believes England can repeat the feat against Steven Smith's men if the conditions are conducive to swing bowling.

"I think it's dependent on the conditions," du Plessis said.

"I've always felt Australia as a team play really well on flat wickets, bouncy flat wickets, (but) if the conditions allow a bit of seam and swing and spin, then I think England will be favourites."

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