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Ashes 2013: Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor confident of Australia victory

Steve Waugh: Believes Australia's bowlers will trouble 'inconsistent' England

Mark Taylor (R): Would like to see more youth in the batting line-up

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Former captains Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor both believe that Australia's unfancied Test squad can spring a surprise and reclaim the Ashes urn this summer.

The tourists named their 16-man touring party for the trip to England on Wednesday, with veteran duo Chris Rogers and Brad Haddin, both 35, earning recalls.

England have won back-to-back Ashes series and are strongly fancied to make it three in a row when the five-match series concludes at the Oval at the end of August.

But 168-Test Australia legend Waugh believes carrying the underdog tag could work in Australia's favour, while also describing England's recent performances as 'inconsistent'.


"We've got the bowlers to take 20 wickets," Waugh told reporters.

"We can beat any team in the world and we proved that, almost, last year when we nearly beat South Africa, who are the No 1 team.

Waugh: We can win the series

"So we're not that far away. It's a matter of the top six getting some consistency, getting some confidence.

"England have themselves been very inconsistent over the past 12, 18 months."

Former batsman Taylor, who captained Australia to three Ashes victories, said he had no problems with adding experience to the squad, although admitted his concern with the lack of young batsmen.

Of the seven main batsmen in the squad, including all-rounder Shane Watson, four are aged 30 or older, and only Phil Hughes is under 25.

"I'm not against the fact they've put Chris Rogers back in the side, even at the age of 35," Taylor said.

"It's obviously not an eye for the future - it's an eye for right now.

"But I think the biggest worry from my point of view is that there's not a lot of young batsmen coming around at the moment."

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