England Bowler Mason Crane has said that the England squad is confident as they prepare to try and retain the Ashes in Australia.
Crane took two wickets as England drew their opening tour match in Australia against a WACA XI.
Speaking after the match he told Sky Sports News, “Everyone’s main aim is to go back home and say ‘we won The Ashes’. Confidence is high at the moment, the batters are hitting well, and there’s a lot of talent in there. We know how good the bowling attack is with James Anderson and Stuart Broad.”
Crane is looking to make his Test debut in the Ashes series and said that conditions in Australia will suit him. He has experience of playing in Australia as he spent time playing in Sydney grade cricket for Gordon CC and he then went on to play for New South Wales.
“The confidence is high and the next warm-up match will prepare us well for the first Test in Brisbane,” the 20-year-old Hampshire leg-spinner added.
In regards to the conditions he said, “These wickets with their bounce, that bit of extra bounce suits me. I sometimes miss that at home and hopefully that extra bounce can find the edge where sometimes it doesn’t. I’ve got to be realistic, Moeen Ali is a brilliant bowler and bats a lot higher than I do but I will keep working hard and play as many games as I can.”
England won the last Ashes series 3-2 in 2015. Their next tour game is a four-day day-nighter against a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide, starting on Wednesday. The first Ashes Test will take place in Australia, in Brisbane, at the Gabba beginning on November 23.