London: Mickey Arthur has warned the England team about the aggressive approach the Australian team will adopt in the upcoming One-Day International series.
The Australian team arrived in England for five ODIs – the last time Australia will be in England prior to next year's Ashes series, where England start as the holders. England and Australia are the world's top-ranked Test and ODI sides respectively.
"We are world number ones and we aim to come out and play a really good, exciting and sustainable brand of cricket," said Arthur, coach of the Australian team. "We have an exciting team. We have some real firepower in our attack. The aim for us is to stay number one while we keep evolving as a side. That's a challenge in itself."
As for the opposition, formidable at home over the past few seasons, Arthur was willing to concede, "England are playing really well. I watched them the other day and they played some good cricket. They are tough in their own conditions."
Arthur said the upcoming series would give an opportunity to some of Australia's youngsters to experience English conditions, which will come in handy if they feature in the Ashes series. "This is purely about winning a one-day series, but it does allow us to give the likes of Pat Cummins and James Pattinson opportunities in conditions they will be facing for three and a half months next year," said Arthur.
In fact, even though the focus right now is on the ODI series, Arthur kept bringing up next year's series, providing a good idea of how the Australians are hurting, having lost their grip on the urn.
"We're now blessed with a really good array of fast bowlers. We can pick any one of eight without weakening our side," said Arthur. "I believe the Ashes next year will evolve around which team has the fittest attack and can keep that attack on the park for five Test matches."
The tourists will play Ireland in an ODI in Belfast on Saturday, and then a practice game against Essex in Chelmsford three days later. The ODI series against England starts at Lord's on June 29.