England v Australia 2010 June 18, 2010

Hopes predicts tough England test

Cricinfo staff

James Hopes expects a more aggressive England to turn out in the one-day series starting on Tuesday than the one that was swept aside last year. Australia, who relied on Hopes to escape defeat against Ireland on Thursday, breezed to a 6-1 victory in 2009, but lost the World Twenty20 final to England in the Caribbean in May.

The allrounder Hopes said England's new-look team would be a threat in home conditions, starting with the opening game at the Rose Bowl. "I'm sure they're backing themselves to beat us," Hopes said after the 39-run win in Dublin.

"If you add Kevin Pietersen back into their team - he wasn't there last year - I think they are going to be naturally more aggressive. We're going to have to get better because if we bowl like we did at the start and the English team get into a position like the Irish team did, they probably would have put us away."

Ireland's openers raced to 80 in 11 overs in their chase of 232 before Hopes stepped in to take 5 for 14 off nine to secure a victory that prevented an embarrassing result. Everyone but Hopes was rusty after a layoff and the side now heads to Lord's to play Middlesex in their final warm-up before the England series.

"It was good to play the Irish because they are a pretty good team," Hopes said. "We have another practice match on Saturday and we know a five-match series against England is going to be different to the seven-match series we played last year when we beat them 6-1."

The performance of the Ireland team impressed Hopes and he expects more improvement if they can get regular games against the world's best sides. "Every time they play a Full Member country, they're not disgracing themselves," he said. "They're putting on a good show and giving teams a good run."

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  • Nathan on June 20, 2010, 3:10 GMT

    @SettingSun - when did McGrath ever engage in 'mindless optimism'? Given that the teams he played in won pretty much everything on offer, and that most of Pigeon's predictions ended up pretty close to the mark, I would say his comments were much closer to sensible realism than mindless optimism. @KURUWITA -england may have finally won a couple of Ashes series at home, but this next series is in Australia. England haven't even been close to competitive in Australia for over two decades

  • shane on June 19, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    All you english get ready for another 5-0 drubbing..Should just be a formality beating you english in the odi's as it isnt t20 where it is more about luck..I'd like to see josh getting a game early on..Cmon Aussie!!!

  • Jack on June 19, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    The England cricket team have been definitely the laughing stock of the world for donkey's years. One T20 world cup and England think that they are the world's best. Who cares about a T20 cup? It is a lottery without a percent of doubt. Look at the teams who have won it before. India, Pakistan and now England. Which proves that rubbish teams can also win this format of cricket. Let us see if England can win the 50 over world cup which is the real test of a cricketer's ability. Australia have been winning such cups and everything else for the last 20 years, and England who are the most shameless team in history, even though they created the game, they have won nothing worthwhile since the world cup started. Don't worry about Australia. T20 is the only cup missing from their great trophy case and it will be added sooner than later. England have won the T20 cup only with the help of 5 to 6 foreign players. Let us see if a team full of Englishmen can win a World cup on their own.

  • Mel on June 19, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    Agree Popcorn. Poms are not in the same class. T20 is purely a game of luck. We'll win this series and the TEST series back home 4-0

  • Steve on June 18, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    @windiesdiehard - I understand the West Indies will be changing their name to West Incompetents. When? About now should be fine.

  • Lalith on June 18, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    @ popcorn, No HOPES, England are different now. AUs will be thrashed by 5-0 like World Twenty20 final.

  • eric on June 18, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    i uderstand england will be changing their name to south africa a team.Does anyone know when?

  • Chris on June 18, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    I love comments like popcorn's - keep them coming, it just focuses England more and more on the job in hand. As to the (now boringly familiar) comment about England's overseas contingent - I am just glad that our over generous immigration policy and welcoming welfar state brings us some benefits as well as being a drain!

  • Anthony on June 18, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    Vichan, what do you call the ECB putting Rankin in their development programme if not a message of intent by the ECB?

  • Neil on June 18, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    Who cares. It is only a one-day series and it is not a major tournament with other countries involved. I must admit I think there is a bit of saturation with useless tournaments these days... Can't wait for the Ashes though. It should be a close series, unlike the last time the English (etc) team went to Australia. It is hard to find a good competitive series between 2 closely matched teams these days, so hopefully everyone interested appreciates it.

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