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Ian Bell explains why he considers Australia favourites for the Ashes

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Ex-England cricketer Ian Bell, who played over a hundred Test matches for England, has been commenting on England's chances in the upcoming Ashes series, which gets underway in Brisbane in November.

Bell, who still plays for Warwickshire CCC, retired from international cricket in 2015.

Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins, who forms part of a formidable Aussie pace attack, has been speaking publicly about how his side expects to use their home advantage to the full in the upcoming test, and replicate England's 5-0 thrashing from the last time they travelled down under.

However, Ian Bell thinks differently and has been commenting on Twitter about the Australian media over-hyping their team. He tweeted:

"Just reading a bit of Ashes press from Down Under & it sounds like some people are getting a little bit carried away with this Aus team."

"I have a lot of respect for Aus cricket but in my mind, the only reason I'd put Aus as slight favourites right now is they're the home team"

"The Aussies have as many question marks in there team as England do, and man for man - even without Stokesy - I'd say England line up better."

Clearly, Bell believes that England have a good chance of upsetting the odds winning the famous little urn on Australian soil.

The Australians came to England in the last Ashes series as favourites, but struggled and England, who had only recently appointed Trevor Bayliss as coach, ended up winning the series 3-2. 

The Australians will know they must avoid overconfidence if they want to reclaim the urn on home soil.

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Bell finished his Twitter musing with a final warning to England:

"BUT, England will have to be at the top of their game to beat Australia in their back yard, believe me! It should be really exciting."

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Cricket
The Ashes
Kevin Pietersen
Ian Bell
Australia cricket
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