I’m unperturbed by England’s pre-Ashes form, says Steve Waugh

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“They can use the runs up in those games that’s fine as long as they don’t get them in the Test”

Legendary Australia captain Steve Waugh has announced that he is unperturbed by England’s pre-Ashes form after their opening pair of captain Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry registered an unbeaten 318-run partnership against Australia A on the opening day of their four-day warm-up match.

Cook finished the day on 154 off 272 balls, which included 19 boundaries, while Carberry remained undefeated on 153 off 288 deliveries, which included 22 boundaries and two sixes.

“They can use the runs up in those games that’s fine as long as they don’t get them in the Test,” Waugh said. “It’s not concerning you expect that from England. The last time Alastair Cook toured Australia he got 600 or 700 runs so he obviously likes the quicker paced wickets.

“Look there are ominous signs for Australia. I don’t think the Australia attack they (England) face is a great attack but scoring runs is how they will get their confidence.”

Waugh also feels that England should have no problems with the selection of their top order batsmen, especially after the spectacular impact Carberry has had in both warm-up games.

“I don’t see England having a problem at the top of the order those guys (Alistair Cook and Jonathan Trott) are class players and they will ultimately come good,” he said. “Occasionally they will have an off series they both had that in England I will be very surprised if they both have an off series in Australia.

The former Australian captain also believes that this could be the start of something special for Carberry.

“And Carberry – that’s a great start for him,” Waugh said. “I have heard good things about him.

“He obviously had the chance to open the batting last year but Joe Root took the chance at the top of the order. He’s been around a while he has played some Test matches – he is obviously a quality player I’m sure he can do the job.”

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