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Mike Hussey thinks England have experience to cope with troubled Ashes preparation

Mike Hussey: Weather worries shouldn't affect experienced England side

Mike Hussey feels England have enough experience to be able to overcome the weather problems that have affected their warm-up clash with Australia A in Hobart.

England have been frustrated by two days of rain in Tasmania, being given no chance of adding to the 318-0 they piled up on the opening day of their clash with Australia's second string team.

Although Hussey feels it is not the ideal situation, with only one more warm-up clash to come before the first Test in Brisbane, he doesn't feel there will be any panic in the England camp.

Hussey said: "It wouldn't make them happy, they would want to be getting out there and getting used to these Australian condition, getting their routines going and feeling comfortable at the crease.

England's preparations hampered

"I guess it just makes the next match up in Sydney more important. If there was more rain up there and they didn't get a hit, they might be a little more nervous coming into the first Test.


"But they are all very experienced cricketers. They know their game so well, know how to prepare well, they've played here before and had success here. I don't think they will panic at all."

Getting some playing time in for Kevin Pietersen has been one of England's priorities, but Hussey feels a lack of preparation would not stop him being a potential match-winner.

He added: "KP's such a naturally talented player, and also very experienced, so I am sure he could just pick up a bat and go out and make runs in the first Test. He's that good."

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