In just over a week, England will begin their Ashes defence as they take on their bitter rivals on Australian soil.
England have been in sublime form this year, claiming series victories over both South Africa and West Indies as James Anderson became just the sixth player to claim 500 test wickets for his country.
On paper, England have been written off by many a pundit. With the general consensus being that the uphill climb will be just that bit too tough for this young England side.
One of those pundits is Australia's leading wicket taker, Shane Warne. Warne recently revealed who he think should start that first test on November 23rd , but now he has spoke about the England setup.
Warne reveals England's danger-men
Warne has singled out two England players in particular who could really make a dent in Australia's Ashes hopes.
Opting for experience, Warne feels that England should rely on James Anderson and Stuart Broad as they look to achieve the unthinkable. He did, however, remind England fans that neither of the two bowlers have necessarily made much of an impact on away soil.
"It is two old hands who could be the key for England. Anderson has struggled with the Kookaburra ball and in the Ashes generally," he said per The Metro.
"But watching him over the English summer I think he’s bowling better than ever. At 35, this will be his last Ashes series a player and he will be desperate to right past failures.
"His partner in crime, Broad, has also struggled here but he too has been in super form and, importantly, he’s got his pace back. They form a wonderful opening bowling partnership.’
Rather complementary comments from Warne, who also toned down his bias when he told The Sun who he thinks will win the overall contest.
"On paper Australia win the series but it could come down to the main men with the bat – David Warner and Smith and Alastair Cook and Root.
"If England fire in the first two Tests where pitches will favour swing bowling this Ashes contest has the potential to be the best since 2005."
Warne making his predictions with a healthy scoop of respect for England's potential. As unlikely as it may be, a series as exciting as the 2005 series will certainly have cricket fans across the globe foaming at the mouth.
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