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“I’m certainly expecting it to be a lot closer”
Former England batsman Graeme Hick, who was recently appointed as the high performance coach at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane, has issued a stern warning to England, stating that Australia will give them “more of a challenge” in the upcoming Ashes series after being thrashed 3-0 in August.
Hick saw England in action yesterday as he has been put in charge of coaching the Australia A squad, who were absolutely battered by England captain Alastair Cook, who smashed 154, and Michael Carberry, who hammered 153.
Cook and Carberry could not add any runs onto their unbeaten 318-run partnership after the second day of the four-day warm-up game was abandoned due to heavy rain.
“I think Australia will certainly be a different team, even if it’s the same personnel,” Hick said. “I think they’ll definitely have more of a go and certainly give England more of a challenge.
“I’m certainly expecting it to be a lot closer.”
Hick also admitted that he was inspired by Carberry’s Test comeback after all the hardships the 33-year-old has had to endure throughout his cricketing career.
“He had an opportunity, and he certainly took it,” Hick added. “I thought he left the ball very well, and was certainly very disciplined, got himself in well and capitalised on it.”