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Steve Smith Feels Australia Are Too Good For England

Steve Smith Feels Australia Are Too Good For England
Steve Smith (left) collides with Tim Bresnan (right) during the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne in 2013.
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Australian batting sensation Steven Smith believes that England will not be much of a challenge in the upcoming Ashes series if his side plays to their potential.

Smith who has been in tremendous form over the past one year seemed excited about his second Ashes tour.

“It's going to be nice to go in their backyard,” said Smith.

“If we continue to play the way we have been playing over the last 12-18 months, I don't think that they'll come close to us to be honest.”

Although Australia whitewashed England 5-0 at home during their previous encounter, they are yet to win an Ashes series away from home since 2001.

But Smith’s confidence stems from Australia’s wonderful form over the last 18 months having recorded series wins over England, South Africa and India.

“I can't wait to get over there and play another Ashes against England in their conditions after beating them so convincingly in Australia.”

Senior all-rounder Shane Watson echoed Smith’s views on Australia’s chances of an Ashes victory terming the balance of their side as the biggest positive.

With Australia having lost just the two Tests since November 2013, the 33-year-old believes his side are in peak form heading into the Ashes tour.

"We've got a very strong squad that's going over to England," said Watson.

"We've got good depth and the best part is everyone is in nearly career-best form right now which is most important as well.”

Watson is aware of Australia’s inability to win a series in England during their past three attempts and feels that this will spur the team to raise their game.

Having been part of two series defeats in England himself, Watson seems charged up for what may be his final Ashes tour.

"There is a huge hunger within the group because we know that we haven't won in England for the last three series.

“I've been involved in two of those.

"There's a big burning desire to be involved in an Ashes winning campaign in England as well.”

Despite the tour being three months away, Watson insisted that the preparations had already started back home.

“We're as well prepared as we can be within our group.

“I'm incredibly excited about what's on the horizon with the Ashes and everyone else is as well."

Australia are scheduled to play a two-match Test series in West Indies in June before heading to England for the Ashes series which begins on 8th July in Cardiff.

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