The England vice-captain Anya Shrubsole has insisted that there is nothing to separate the English and Australian teams ahead of the upcoming Ashes series in Australia.

Australia won the series when they played in 2016 but since then England has climbed to the top of the ICC rankings after their exciting victory in this year’s Women’s World Cup on home ground.

Speaking in Brisbane to Sky Sports News this week Shrubsole said, “I think it’s going to be a pretty evenly-matched series. I think we’ve just overtaken Australia but I think it’s by a fraction of a raking point so it’s really close between the two of us.”

She went on to say that she thinks it will be a “really good series” and that most of the pressure the team are under is self-inflicted. “We obviously want to come out here and win the Ashes back. We don’t have them at the minute and we are desperate to have them back. We’re really looking forward to get out there and get started.”

Australia will be hosting England for three One Day Internationals beginning in Brisbane on October 22. They will be followed by a Test match in Sydney and three T20 internationals to end the series.

England’s chances of reclaiming the Ashes have been increased due to the unavailability of the Australia skipper and world No 1 ODI batter Meg Lanning who is out of action due to a shoulder injury.

However, England spinner Alex Hartley is refusing to underestimate the Australians, “They’ve got a few decent players who are obviously danger players. They’ve got Elyse Villani who is very good at T20 cricket and they have got a very strong batting line-up. All of their players are capable.”