Former Australian pacer Brett Lee equated his country's pace attack for the upcoming Cricket World Cup at home to the "biggest wolf pack" he has ever seen, claiming that it poses a serious threat to the rival teams in the mega-event beginning February 14.
With the World Cup in the back of their minds, favourites Australia and England will lock horns in the opening match of the ODI cricket tri-series here on Friday, looking to test their squads one last time in the final lead-up to next month's mega-event.
Josh Hazlewood had to wait a while for his test debut but no one can accuse him of wasting his chance when it came after he became the 33rd Australian to take a five-wicket haul on debut in the second test against India on Thursday.
Australia paceman Ryan Harris, who has played a major role in his country`s test resurgence over the last year, is to turn his hand to bringing through the next generation after being appointed an assistant coach with the `A` squad.
Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins has said that pace sensation Mitchell Johnson had already left South African batsmen shaking in their shoes two years ago despite suffering an alarming crisis in confidence.
Australia`s established fast bowlers have been taking care of business in the Ashes but the next rung of quicks have not been forgotten as Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson were flown to Perth to work with the great Dennis Lillee on Monday.
Australian pace bowler Pat Cummins is doubtful for the home Ashes series following a recurrence of his troublesome back complaint, which was confirmed when he returned home early from Australia A`s tour of South Africa.