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".
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.
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.
Andrew Strauss praised the efforts of his bowlers after making an unbeaten 120 to guide England to victory against Western Australia in Perth.
Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke believes Australia will go from strength to strength this winter after their first win since July against Sri Lanka in Brisbane.
Former England Chief Selector David Graveney says England must keep the low on confidence Australia side on the ropes during the forthcoming Ashes series.
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