Bracken wary of England
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Player:NW Bracken
Event:Australia in British Isles 2009

DateLine: 3rd September 2009


Australian seamer Nathan Bracken said England will use their Ashes victory as motivation to compile a summer of misery for the tourists.


England will play Australia for the first time on Friday since the hosts completed a 2-1 series win with a 197-run win at the Brit Oval.


Both the side were scheduled to play two Twenty20 internationals in Manchester but both had to be abandoned due to rain.


The seven-match ODI series will begin at the ground where England claimed the Ashes, and Bracken, believes the hosts will be buoyed by their recent victory.


"The England side will be using the Ashes win as a motivation to try and beat us here in both forms," the 31-year-old said.


"They will want to win the one form of the game that is left and walk away saying we beat Australia in both the Tests and the one-dayers.


"That will be their goal for the series and for us it will be our aim to stop them."


Bracken also said that the hosts possess the quality to challenge Michael Clarke's team, who sit one place above England in the ICC ODI rankings in third.


"On paper the England side has a lot of good cricketers in it," he added.


"They have a lot of good players who are coming out of a good Ashes series of performing well and plus there's also a few new guys who have been chucked in there who are eager to impress.


"The series is in England as well so if you are an English player playing in England there is no more motivation than playing Australia here."


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