England paceman James Anderson says form counts for nothing leading into an Ashes series.
Australia heads into July’s first Test at Trent Bridge as huge underdogs after their demoralising 4-0 series whitewash defeat to India in March.
It was Australia’s worst series result since losing 5-1 to England in 1978/79, while it was the worst performance by any nation in 70 Test series in India.
And while England have earned bragging rights in the last two Ashes series’, Anderson is refusing to take the Australians lightly.
“Form kind of goes out of the window a little bit with an Ashes series,” Anderson told Sky Sports News. “It’s always hard fought.
“Australia are always competitive regardless of what form they’ve been in leading up to an Ashes series, they always fight hard and make it difficult for us.
“So we need to expect them to be on form, I think the key is to focus on what we do well.”
England also came in for criticism following their drawn series in New Zealand, a series they were expected to win comfortably.
Alastair Cook’s men were on the brink of defeat but Matt Prior produced a heroic final-day display to clinch a draw for the tourists.
“Every team we play against we respect them and we’ll prepare as well as we always do for any Test series,” he added.
“We’ll prepare with a lot of detail and hopefully we’ll be fighting fit and produce a good Ashes series.”
The first Test will start on July 10 at Trent Bridge, before moving on to Lord’s, Old Trafford, Riverside Ground and The Oval.
First Posted 18 April, 2013 9:25AM AEDT
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