Regaining Ashes on Australia`s mind: Arthur

Updated: Jan 17, 2012, 11:28 AM IST

Perth: Australian cricket team coach Mickey Arthur has said that the current squad of players has set its sights on regaining the Ashes that it lost in 2010-11.

According to Arthur, England, the old enemy is on notice.

The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Arthur, as saying: “Winning back the Ashes is at the forefront of everybody`s mind. I`d be lying if I didn`t say that we were trying to build a really competitive team to go back and win them in 2013.”

``Judging by reports that I`ve read they have started to take a little bit of notice,`` Arthur said.

Arthur joked that he would like the next series against England to start in two months - when Patrick Cummins, James Pattinson and Shane Watson will all be available again - but more seriously noted that Australia was ahead of where it was budgeting for at this point in time.

He admitted that he was stunned by how easily a rebuilding Australia has overpowered second-ranked India.

Australia will play England in a mouth-watering 10 back-to-back Test matches across two continents from mid-2013 to January 2014.