Mark Cosgrove predicts close Ashes series - Cricket World TV

Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke at the toss for the first Ashes Test in Cardiff
Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke at the toss for the first Ashes Test in Cardiff
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Australia and Leicestershire batsman Mark Cosgrove told us earlier in the season that he predicted that this summer's Ashes series is likely to be closer than many expect.

Speaking to us at the launch of the NatWest T20 Blast campaign at Edgbaston, he predicted that the series would be close, despite the fact that at the time, Australia were playing better cricket than England.

"Australia are playing fantastic cricket at the moment but Ashes series are always going to be close so it'll be a lot closer than people think," he said.

Batsman Cosgrove, who played three One-Day Internationals for Australia, also predicted that Australia's pace attack coud hold the key to the series.

Plenty of people will be looking forward to seeing how England's batsmen deal with the pace following their abject display in Australia last time around.

"The pace attack's one of the best in the world, with (Mitchell) Johnson, (Mitchell) Starc and Ryan Harris there, the pace attack is going to be fantastic over here."

He was talking to us before Ryan Harris' injury-enforced retirement but Australia still have Josh Hazlewood, Peter Siddle and Pat Cummins to call upon.

"If they get the ball to swing, it'll be deadly (for England)," Cosgrove added.

England won the toss in Cardiff and chose to bat first, meaning Australia's quicks get an early opportunity to see if they can indeed swing the ball and cause England some problems.

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