‘England appears to be doing everything right at the moment’, says Merv Hughes

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“I am just dumbfounded with England being in town and preparing for an Ashes that starts in about a month’s time and Australia has got a team playing in India, playing in subcontinent conditions preparing for the Ashes”

Former Australia pace bowler Merv Hughes has announced that he is “dumbfounded” by the national team’s choice to play a limited overs series against India prior to the Ashes.

Hughes continued to lash out at the national team, stating that while they were playing a seven-match ODI series in the subcontinent, England were already preparing for their first warm-up game against Western Australia in Perth.

“I think they are really well placed,” Hughes told Fairfax Radio. “I mean, they could be in India doing seven one-day games preparing for the Ashes like the Australians are — what a great preparation that is.

“I am just dumbfounded with England being in town and preparing for an Ashes that starts in about a month’s time and Australia has got a team playing in India, playing in subcontinent conditions preparing for the Ashes.

“So who’s going to be better prepared come the first Test match? England appears to be doing everything right at the moment.”

Hughes added that he believes the best chance Australia will have of regaining the Ashes will be “in England in two years’ time”.

“I think we’re going to struggle because England have a well-settled side,” Hughes said. “They’ve got an experienced side.

“They’ve got world-class players and, when we’re still trying to find a formula for Australia to win, I think we’re going to have to win all the tosses and play very good cricket.”

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