Gillespie talks up England strength

02 February 2013 04:27:34 EST

Yorkshire coach and former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie has warned his compatriots that England are 'in a good place' ahead of the Ashes series later this year.

Gillespie believes that England are strong in all departments and feels that their settled side will be a major hurdle to the Baggy Greens' hopes of winning back the Ashes - with Australia 33/1 to win back the little urn.

James Anderson is one of the best going around, he'll lead the attack.

Jason Gillespie

He told The Australian: "England's bowling is very good at the moment. Coming up against the Australian batting order, they will rightly feel they're in the game.

"They feel they can put Australia under pressure and can have Michael Clarke coming in consistently very early, at two or three down for not very many.

"James Anderson is one of the best going around, he'll lead the attack. (Steve) Finn is a very good bowler, (Tim) Bresnan is a very good bowler, (Stuart) Broad has had a bit of an up-and-down time, but he's also a very good bowler.

"Graeme Swann is one of the best spin bowlers in the world, if not the number one.

"Their batting is also strong and they've got the best wicketkeeper-batsman in the world (Matt Prior), so they're in a good place."

England, who have won the last two Ashes series, are 1/20 to complete a hat-trick on home turf in the summer and 1/1000 to retain the little urn.

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