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Ashes: Collingwood focused on England not Australia

Tour match: Western Australia v England
Venue: The Waca, Perth Date: 5-7 November Start time: 0230 GMT
Coverage: Score updates and reports on BBC Sport website

Paul Collingwood, Matt Prior, Graeme Swann
Collingwood hones his catching in the slip cordon during England training

England stalwart Paul Collingwood insisted the tourists would not be distracted by Australia's poor run.

The Australians suffered their sixth successive defeat on Wednesday when they lost by one-wicket in a one-day international against Sri Lanka.

England play their first warm-up match on Friday against Western Australia, and Collingwood said: "We're preparing ourselves to do well in these games.

"Most of us watched Australia but we're more focused on what we've got to do."

Australia have lost a Test against Pakistan, two Tests and a one-day international against India, with two washed out, plus a Twenty20 and the opening one-day international with Sri Lanka.

Their recent deterioration has also prompted rumours of a rift within the team and Collingwood said: "The more games they do lose, confidence levels may go down.

"Obviously it's a different team to the Test team. But let's be honest, the more games they lose the better it is for us.

"But we're not going to read too much into it. We've got to prepare ourselves as a team to be in the best frame of mind going into the Test matches.

"I'm sure they'll be trying to do that themselves too. We're not going to take them lightly - it's as simple as that."

Meanwhile, wicketkeeper Matt Prior has targeted a winning start to inspire a run of success on the challenging tour ahead.

"Winning is a habit, and the quicker you can get into that habit, the better," the Sussex gloveman said.

"First and foremost, we want to win the game. It's dangerous to go down the line of a warm-up or practice match. It is a first-class game, and we'll take it very seriously."

On England's last visit to Australia in 2006/07, they were hammered by 166 runs in a one-day match against a Prime Minister's XI in Canberra, before drawing a three-day 14-a-side match with New South Wales, and drawing against South Australia in their only first-class game before the first Test.

However, this time around the tourists have three first-class matches - with South Australia and Australia A still to come - before the first Test begins in Brisbane on 25 November.

"It's a different position - something we're not used to when we come to Australia," Collingwood said of the home side's mediocre form.

"It would be silly to let the foot off the gas because of the opposition going through whatever they are going through. We know they're a good side, and we're going to have to play very well to beat them.

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"If we can get three wins under our belts that will be fantastic.

"You want good individual performances out there as well to get the confidence going high.

"The belief is the most important thing, coming to Australia. We've done plenty of talking in the dressing room - now is the time to go out there and put those big performances in."

Western Australia will be led by Test batsman Marcus North, who is not 100% certain of his own place in the Test team but enhanced his chances with a century in the second Test against India last month to end a run of low scores.

They are without Mike Hussey, Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Johnson, who are in Australia's one-day squad for the current one-day international series against Sri Lanka.

However, the 12-man squad includes Adam Voges, Luke Pomersbach and Luke Ronchi, who have all played one-day internationals or Twenty20 internationals for the full Australia side, while Steve Magoffin has experience of English county cricket.

With spinner Graeme Swann and pace bowler James Anderson fit to play after thumb and rib injuries respectively, England have named a 13-man squad for the game in Perth, comprising their likely Test team plus Eoin Morgan and Chris Tremlett.

Reserve keeper Steven Davies, seamer Tim Bresnan and spinner Monty Panesar are the three players omitted from the 16-man touring party.

Western Australia (from): Marcus North (capt), Michael Beer, Liam Davis, Ryan Duffield, Michael Hogan, Steve Magoffin, Mitchell Marsh, Luke Pomersbach, Wes Robinson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Michael Swart, Adam Voges.

England (from): Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Chris Tremlett.

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