Don’t be too arrogant about Ashes, Warne warns England

Melbourne: Australia’s woeful one-day run is no indicator of their Test form, says spin legend Shane Warne who has warned England against taking Ricky Ponting’s men lightly in the upcoming Ashes series.

“The attitude among my English friends has a bit more sarcasm, more lip, more arrogance, but they should just calm down,” Warne was quoted as saying by the newspapers here.

“Not a ball’s been bowled yet, but every (Englishman) seems to think the Ashes are theirs already,” he added.

Australia have been on the slide in one-dayers and lost an series in India before suffering defeats in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka.

But Warne felt the Aussies are known fighters and will bounce back come the Ashes, which start November 25 in Brisbane.

“Australia have only lost a couple of home series in 20 years and the history of the Ashes series that I’ve been involved in, it always brings the best out of you. If England think they’re going to walk away with an easy victory, that’s the wrong attitude,” he said.

“England have a good attack in home conditions, but Jimmy Anderson’s record in Australia is horrible; the ball doesn’t swing after 10 overs and there’s no reverse,” he added.

“They will rely a lot on Graeme Swann. He’ll love being the man with the ball, but if England are going to win they need him to take 25 wickets plus.”

Warne said the one-day slump may in fact be a blessing in disguise for the Aussies.

“In a way it might be good for the Australian team. Wherever they’re going everyone’s saying what’s going wrong, why is Australia playing so badly - all of those questions might give them a lift. They might get sick of hearing it,” he said.