Ricky Ponting upbeat about Australia's chances in the Ashes

Ponting believes Australia have the pacers to exploit English conditions and outplay the hosts in their backyard.

updated: May 30, 2013 11:52 IST
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London: Ricky Ponting has said England despite their best efforts could not avoid talking about the upcoming Ashes series with Australia.

The mantra from everyone within the England camp, from captain Alastair Cook down, has been that the side, who completed a 2-0 Test series whitewash of New Zealand in Leeds on Tuesday and face the Black Caps in the first of three one-dayers at Lord's on Friday, are concentrating on the "here and now".

Prior to the Ashes, England and Australia will both be involved in next month's Champions Trophy one-day tournament.

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