Arthur warns England of ‘firepower’ in Oz pace attack

Updated: Jun 19, 2012, 12:50 PM IST

Johannesburg: Australia coach Mickey Arthur has warned the England team of his team’s pace armory, and is expecting an interesting one-day series against their old foes.

The Australians have arrived in England for five one-dayers, which will set the scene for next year`s tour where they will look to regain the Ashes.

England is the world`s top-ranked Test side, but Australia is the number one in the 50-over game, and they would look to cement this position, Sports24 reports.

“We are world number ones and we aim to come out and play a really good, exciting and sustainable brand of cricket. We have an exciting team. We have some real firepower in our attack and we`re looking forward to a good, interesting series,” Arthur said.

“England is playing really well. I watched them the other day and they played some good cricket. They are tough in their own conditions. We`re a changing team and the aim for us is to stay number one while we keep evolving as a side. That`s a challenge in itself,” he added.

Australia will play a warm-up against Leicestershire and would then face Ireland in Belfast during the weekend.

The first one-day match between England and Australia would be played at the Lords on June 29.