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English cricket fans could find themselves in for a very long winter.

Trevor Bayliss' squad arrived Down Under earlier this week to begin preparations for the first Ashes Test, which starts on November 23.

The build-up to the series has been far from ideal for the tourists. The summer ended on a sour note with Ben Stokes' arrest, and they will have to compete without the all-rounder.

Results-wise, they have also suffered some heavy blows in recent months, slipping up in one Test against a poor West Indies outfit and losing by over 300 runs on one occasion against South Africa.

Put all that together with serious doubts about the quality of their top order, and it's easy to see why the Aussies are favourites.

It's not as if England can take inspiration from the past, as in the last 30 years, they've won just one series when the Baggy Green have been hosting.

However, they still have a handful of players who were present the last time they achieved that in 2010-11, such as James Anderson, Alastair Cook, and Stuart Broad.

Andrew Strauss and Paul Collingwood, two other members of that squad, remain part of the set-up.

The sledging has begun 

It seems Australian cricket isn't quite quaking in its boots about the England party that have just arrived, at least not judging by legendary spinner Shane Warne leaving a cheeky comment on Broad's Instagram post.

The Notts man posted a photo of a training session with the caption "Coach Colly!"

Warne's response? "What is Colly doing as a coach? Carrying the bags? Hahahaha #MBE for 0 & 7"

The Ashes is still several weeks away and they've already started sledging.

Aussie captain Steve Smith has been discussing the possibility of another whitewash, admitting it would be "magnificent" to win 5-0, per the BBC.

David Warner, meanwhile, has been firing shots of his own.

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"As soon as you step on that line it's war," the batsman said.

"You have to delve and dig deep into yourself to actually get some hatred about them to actually get up when you're out there. History is a big part in this and that is what carries us onto the ground."

If the build-up is anything to go by, it's going to be one of the feistiest Ashes series for a long time.

What is England's biggest problem ahead of the Ashes? Have your say in the comments. 

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