Don't dismiss Aussies
Australia's one-day plight will have no bearing on their Ashes ambition, according to Vic Marks of the Observer.
Last Updated: 08/07/12 12:52pm
Australia's current one-day plight will have no bearing on their Ashes ambition, according to Vic Marks of the Observer.
Michael Clarke's side trail England 3-0 in the NatWest Series with only Tuesday's fifth and final one-day international at Old Trafford to come.
But although England have won this battle - and hold the urn after back-to-back Test series wins in 2009 and 2010/11 - Marks believes Australia will be a very different proposition when they arrive in England for next summer's Ashes war.
"I think there is a danger of getting over-excited about our success against Australia in a one-day series, 12 months before the Ashes!" Marks told Cricket Writers on TV.
"For Australia this is a kind of reconnaissance expedition; for the likes of David Warner, James Pattinson and Pat Cummins it's their first time in proper cricket in England and it's not going very well.
"But I don't like this 'Ashes done and dusted' feeling that's creeping up.
"The Australians have got some good men in charge; they've got good selectors - John Inverarity, Rod Marsh. They know the game. They know, probably, that they haven't got the resources that they used to have but it will be a different Australia that pitches up in 12 months' time.
"They'll be far more driven because the Ashes is everything to them - not having them really hurts.
"England will start favourites but to suggest that England are thrashing them in a few one-day games now, that the Ashes are completely under our control is obviously not a good idea."
However Ali Martin of The Sun is adamant that Australia will come off second best in next summer's Ashes because their batsmen have shown few signs of being able to combat England's battery of seamers on this tour.
"To be honest, I'd go the other way from Vic - I'm supremely confident about England's chances," he insisted.
"I think what we are seeing at the moment is symptomatic of a generation of Australian cricketers that cannot play swing and seam bowling very well. I think they look pretty bamboozled by it.
"I was quite astounded at the start of the series to see someone like David Warner who, as we know, has limited first-class experience and has very much come into the Australian side on the back of his Twenty20 stuff is really talking big.
"He was saying 'I'm going to do this, I'm going to do that, I'm going to switch-hit Graeme Swann for six'. There was a lot of big talk but actually I'd say that in terms of application against the moving ball they've pretty much failed the test.
"The one area that I'd say in terms of a reconnaissance mission is that we have this Australia A tour in which they're playing a mini Test series against the Lions. That could be more valuable to them, I think, if we are going to talk about Ashes prospects.
"There could be lessons there for their youngsters to learn going into that Test series next summer but it feels too soon for an Australian Ashes victory, next summer."