EVEN slightly sour-graped former England coach Duncan Fletcher has been bigging up England’s chances, saying their biggest danger isn’t – surprisingly – the fearsome bowling of Nathan Hauritz, it’s complacency.
Fletcher believes England have never had better preparation for an Ashes series, claiming that in 2002-03, Darren Gough, Steve Harmison and Andrew Flintoff were all struggling. And in 2006-07, we had injuries to Michael Vaughan, Ashley Giles and Marcus Trescothick.
“Not this time,” said Fletcher. “The team has had a chance to settle down and play well in their two warm-up matches. Compare that with Australia’s build-up. On the two Ashes tours I managed, the Australian pundits used to accuse us of using injuries as excuses. Now all the noise about fitness is coming from their side.”
Good stuff Fletch. Just keep kicking that Aussie corpse.