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Ashes: CA chief James Sutherland defends Australia's Ashes preparations

James Sutherland: Defended decision to tour India

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has insisted that Australia are better prepared than England ahead of the Ashes series.

CA had come under fire for scheduling a seven-match one-day international series in India which ended just three weeks before the opening Ashes Test in Brisbane.

But Sutherland has defended the decision to play in India, as only George Bailey, Brad Haddin and Shane Watson from the final one-day clash in Bangalore were named in the squad to face England at the Gabba.

In contrast, England will start the defence of the Ashes having played only three warm-up matches in Australia, the second of which had two full days washed out by relentless rain in Tasmania.

"There weren't actually a lot of players who are playing in the test team in Brisbane who were actually in India," Sutherland said.

"At the same time there were a lot of players who were back here playing RYOBI Cup who have been able to play in the first couple of rounds of Sheffield Shield cricket and had a really good preparation.

"We've had a lot more cricket than England have over the last couple of months, so don't tell me we haven't had a good preparation because England have hardly played."

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