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Michael Vaughan names his danger man leading up to the first Ashes Test

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The 2017 Ashes series in Australia is nearly upon us.

Cue fans staying up abnormally late just to catch a glimpse of some of the incredible action in the sports most notorious duel.

The current holders will be without star all-rounder Ben Stokes going into the Test, one of the many signs that retaining the trophy may be an up-hill climb.

For England, any result in Australia is always deemed a success, as the dry and hot conditions tend to favour the home side.

For Australia, this is a chance to redeem themselves and really put England to the sword, something they have managed to do on several occasions.

Michael Vaughan names his danger man

As the first Test edges closer, pundits have been having their say on England's chance of success, the most recent one being none other than former England captain Michael Vaughan.

A man who knows all about success in an England shirt, after winning 50.9% of his Test matches as England skipper, but also as a batsman, one who knows the type of bowlers who are difficult to defend against.

When asked about Australia's bowling options, Vaughan did not hesitate in singling out one bowler in particular who has caught his eye.

Vaughan told The Cricketer: "[Josh] Hazlewood: he will toil away and not give you much, just offer a bit of movement.

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"He’ll be hard with that new ball. He just bowls a good enough pace that keeps you honest."

As many will know, Josh Hazlewood has been in formidable form, taking 100 wickets in 31 matches.

The 26-year-old has worked his way to becoming an integral part of the Australian setup.

Vaughan also stressed the importance of the other bowlers in Australia's attack, including the seriously pacey Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummings.

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"James Pattinson is a massive loss. I’d like to face Starc because I think you can score off him but he will also produce a spell that can get three or four quick wickets."

Some pundits may disagree with Vaughan entirely, especially after some scintillating bowling from Starc saw him become the first cricketer to take twin hat-tricks in a single Sheffield Shield match.

Either way, Australia's bowlers are certainly going to cause serious problems if they continue their rich vein of form running into the first Ashes Test.

Do England stand a chance?

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