Even while he is busy playing for his IPL franchise, Steve Smith is leaving no stone unturned to keep the England side in check. The 25-year old, who has batted like a mesmerizing star said that England won’t even “come close” to the Australians and they shouldn’t even have thoughts about winning the Ashes.

The England side has endured a terrible phase since the last year. After beating India in 2014 summer, they have miserably struggled. The English were knocked out from the 2015 World Cup after the first round itself. Their defeat to Bangladesh was their lowest point. However, they seem to have regained a bit of confidence after recently beating the West Indies in a test match. Smith however, is keen to trouble the English by his verbal volleys.

The Australians have not won a single series in England since 2001. It’s been 14 years since their struggles in England. The Kangaroos were beaten 2-1 in 2005 and 2009. In 2013 though, they were beaten 3-0. Tables quickly turned around as barely 3 months later in 2013, the Aussies whitewashed them 5-0 to regain the Ashes. The 2013/14 Ashes is still fondly remembered by everyone. It was the reemergence of a beast called Mitchell Johnson. Smith personally had a great outing as he notched up two tons.

“I can’t wait to get over there and play another Ashes against England in their conditions,” said Smith. The talented batsman continued, “After beating them so convincingly in Australia it’s going to be nice to go into their backyard. If we continue to play the same way we’ve played over the last 12 to 18 months, I don’t think they’ll come close to us to be honest.”

Shane Watson, an experienced campaigner now for Australia also had something to say for the English. This is what he had to say, “We’ve got a very strong squad that is going over to England, we’ve got depth all the way through all aspects of our game,” he said. “Also the best part is everyone’s in nearly career-best form at the moment, and there’s a huge hunger in the group because we know we haven’t won over in England for the last three series.”

“I’ve been involved in two of those, so there’s a big burning desire inside of me to be involved in an Ashes winning campaign over in England as well.”

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