The Ashes: Australia have proved they are no pushovers, says Shane Warne

England look like a 2-man bowling army - Jimmy Anderson and Graeme Swann, says Shane Warne in his assessment of the first Ashes Test.

updated: July 16, 2013 14:45 IST
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England came into the first Ashes Test at Nottingham as firm favourites to retain the urn. However, with a close 14-run win over Australia at Trent Bridge on Sunday, the hosts may not be as formidable in the 5-match contest as they were previously projected to be. One of the cricket pundits who flaunts this view is Australian legend Shane Warne.

The famed former leg-spinner feels Australia gained more out of the first Test as England nearly got out of jail in the narrow win on the weekend. "Before the series started, Australia would have felt worried about playing England. But less so now. After the first Test, the Australian players will now believe they can win this series. Australia did not play as well as they can in Nottingham, but very nearly won the match. Before a ball was bowled, some were arrogantly predicting that England would win the two Ashes series 10-0. Perhaps they are feeling a little concerned now," wrote Warne in his column in The Telegraph (Hyperlink).

Warne lists out few of the problems that the hosts are facing and says Australia have enough wherewithal to win the series. "The first Test has given us perspective. Although England remain the favorites, as I said before the series started, I believe Australia could win 2-1. The first Test exposed a lot of England's problems. It exposed some Australian issues too, but I think they gained more out of the match."

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