England are the ‘favourites’ to win both the Cricket World Cup and Ashes series next summer, according to former captain Nasser Hussain.
Eoin Morgan will hope to lead England to their first World Cup triumph in 50-over cricket when the World Cup comes to these shores in May.
England have won 41 of their last 54 one-day internationals since the last World Cup and Hussain believes they will lift the trophy next summer.
And he also reckons England can win back the urn from struggling Australia, providing they ‘stay fresh’ and ‘keep their minds on the job’.
‘You have to go back to 1975 for the last time an English summer contained a World Cup and an Ashes, so it will be absolutely key that the players keep their minds on the job,’ Hussain told the Daily Mail.
‘I see England as favourites for both, but they’re only going to win if everyone’s fresh and raring to go.
‘And if that means players missing, say, the Test against Ireland in May, or a one-dayer or two against Pakistan, so be it.
‘Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow play all three formats now, so England have to look after them properly.
‘We don’t want to get to a World Cup semi-final or a crucial fourth Test against Australia and the players look jaded.’
Hussain has also urged the England team to let their cricket do the talking and not get drawn into the temptation of sledging the Baggy Greens.
Australia have endured a hugely difficult year after being found guilty of ball-tampering in a Test match against South Africa. Steve Smith lost his job as captain and was banned for 12 months.
‘Assuming Smith and Warner are in Australia’s Ashes squad, England’s players will probably be itching to get at them,’ Hussain added.
‘After all the stuff England have taken from Warner over the years, the overwhelming feeling right may well be one of payback.
‘But I don’t advise anyone to get involved. Don’t lower yourself to their standards just because they’ve been doing it for years.
‘The Aussies will get plenty of stick from the crowd. Just concentrate on the job in hand.’
England’s Test and ODI squads will travel to the Caribbean next week to face West Indies.
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Originally Authored By: Louis Sealey