Clarke to complete 'homework' long before Ashes to sniff out England's strengths, weaknesses

Sydney, Apr 25 (ANI): Australian captain Michael Clarke has said that his team will do their homework long before the Ashes tour by studying their English opponents for soft spots to exploit.

With the on-field terrors and extracurricular errors of India a dusty memory, Clarke said that the next four weeks would be used by him and his team to have a good look at the England team and work out their strengths and weaknesses, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Agreeing with Clarke, former Australian captain Mark Taylor said that although England is a good team, there are not unbeatable, which has been proved in their performance during the recent 0-0 drawn Test series against New Zealand.

Stating that England will gain by the return of off-spinner Graeme Swann, Taylor, however, added that although Swann is a good spin bowler, he cannot be compared with spin legend Shane Warne.

According to the report, Kevin Pietersen's injured knee could spell trouble for England's batting line-up which, going by their most recent innings, features Ashes newcomers Nick Compton, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, which can be an advantage for Australia. (ANI)

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