Flower warns against complacency

29 June 2013 20:37:29 GMTPlus10

England team director Andy Flower has warned his side not to under-estimate Australia in the Ashes series which gets underway at Trent Bridge on 10th July.

Andy Flower is aware that England are expected to retain The Ashes.

Alastair Cook's team have been installed at 100/1 to win the series 5-0 but Flower has called on England not to be complacent.

England are attempting to lift the famous urn for the third time in a row but Flower is anticipating a hard-fought seven weeks of tight and enthralling cricket.

He said: "The 2009 Ashes were probably won against expectation and winning away was again I'd say won against expectation because Australia had such an amazing record at home before we beat them there.

"Now we're expected to win and that does bring a different challenge.

"Yes, we go into this series as favourites but anyone who knows about the game would also admit that we aren't as good as some people are saying and the Australians are not as poor as some people are saying.

"We know that they will be dangerous and we respect them as such. But we also know we are a very good Test side and have a group of players who are excellent fighters."

Australia are 66/1 to edge the Ashes series 3-2 while a 2-2 draw is available at 125/1.

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