England are keen to lay down an early marker ahead of The Ashes by beating Australia in the first of several meetings over the next 10 months when the two sides meet in the ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston.
England and Australia meet in the group stages of the final Champions Trophy on 8th June, one month ahead of the start of the Ashes and England’s limited overs coach, Ashley Giles, believes striking an early blow on their rivals will be the perfect start to a huge summer of cricket.
“It’s important for us to lay a marker down,” said Giles, who helped England win the Ashes in 2005.
“It will be nice to beat Australia – it always is – and it will be nice to do it at Edgbaston. It will be my first return to the ground for a match since I left at Christmas, so that will be a good day if we can beat Australia.
“There’s a huge summer of cricket coming up in England and hopefully we can start it off well.”
England have failed to advance further than the quarter-final stage of a 50-over World Cup since 1992, and have not fared well in the Champions Trophy since reaching the final in 2004, but GIles believes his side can win their first global 50-over event.
“Every game you go in to win, but again we have never won a major 50-over competition so the chance to do that in England is huge,” he said.
“Whether the competition is stopping or not, with the World Cup coming up in 2015 it is a good opportunity for us to pit ourselves against the best teams in the world.”
See the best eight teams in one-day international cricket take part in the ICC Champions Trophy from 6-23 June at The Oval, Cardiff and Edgbaston – tickets are available now at icc-cricket.com or call 0844 249 2013
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