Melbourne: Australia captain Ricky Ponting has warned England`s cricketers and fans not to expect an easy tour Down Under, besides asking them not to forget to pack the Ashes when they fly out to Australia on Thursday.
"Winning the urn back from our age-old rival is the most prized achievement for Australians and we just wanted to send them a reminder not to leave the urn behind," Ponting said in a Cricket Australia statement.
"Our message is clear - we`re prepared and we`re ready so Bring on the Ashes!," the skipper, who has twice lost the Ashes as the Australian captain, added.
Ponting and his deputy Michael Clarke had their images projected on to the tower of Big Ben together today as a part of an advertising campaign ahead of the forthcoming Ashes series which begins in Brisbane on November 25.
The images were accompanied by taunts directed at their counterparts that had the slogan: `Don`t forget to pack the urn - bringontheashes.com`
Clarke also echoed his captain`s sentiments, saying, "The Ashes is the ultimate cricket battle between our nations and this year will be no exception. The team will have to dig deep and deliver.”
“We have some new faces in the squad this series who didn`t play in England last time. So they`re fresh and excited to be part of their first Ashes tour."
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia said the taunt has got English media in frenzy and will undoubtedly be splashed across their tabloids when they go to print tomorrow.
It also added that it has already got a large number of hits on its series website.