Leg-spin bowling legend Shane Warne says England are not the favourites ahead of the forthcoming Ashes and will "struggle to take 20 wickets".
Ashes winner John Emburey believes Graeme Swann is England’s best off-spinner in 35 years and can bowl the current holders to victory in Australia.
One time captain Mark Butcher says England's players must get mentally ready for the pressure of an Ashes series and their good form in warm-up matches is "irrelevant".
England’s second string bowling attack sent a timely reminder to the selectors ahead of the opening Test, bowling Australia A out for 230 at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart.
England women’s captain Charlotte Edwards is the most capped female player in world cricket after winning her 142nd cap against Sri Lanka.
Xavier Doherty, Callum Ferguson and Usman Khawaja are the surprise names in the 17-man Australian squad for the opening Ashes Test in Brisbane on November 25.
England’s first-choice bowling attack will fly to Brisbane ahead of the rest of the squad on Wednesday - missing the final warm-up fixture with Australia A in Hobart.
Cricket pundit Simon Hughes has backed England's players to withstand the intensity of an Ashes series Down Under saying they have grown in stature in the absence of talismanic all-rounder Andrew Flintoff.
Hampshire wicket-keeper Nic Pothas says former team-mate Kevin Pietersen is a "borderline genius" and can be the difference between the sides during the forthcoming Ashes Series.
Allan Lamb believes England are taking the right approach by sticking with their preferred starting XI ahead of the first Ashes Test on November 25.
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