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Last Updated: Friday, 15 July, 2005, 10:01 GMT 11:01 UK
How to beat Australia
International cricketers offer their advice on how England can beat Australia in the Ashes.

Brian Lara, former West Indies captain
Brian Lara
England can beat Australia by playing continuous aggressive cricket.

Sometimes you play a good session or two but against Australia you need to play 15 aggressive sessions.

You can't play a patience game with them. They take command and like to take command and if you let them, they will.

I think you've got to match them, stride for stride, but you've also got to be very consistent and it's got to be over a long period of time

Jacques Kallis, South Africa all-rounder
Jacques Kallis
I think this is the best chance England have had for a long time and certainly it's the strongest England side I've ever played against.

If they get the ball in the right areas and their top four batsmen can come through they will certainly push Australia but it's going to be a tough series.

They are going to need a bit of luck to go their way

Stephen Fleming, New Zealand captain
Stephen Fleming
To beat Australia you've got to have five or six players to have an outstanding series.

And I think England have got the calibre of player in that side now to genuinely say that they can compete

New Zealand have competed for period of time but the trick is to compete for an entire series.

I guess that's the challenge: maintaining a higher standard for a longer period of time.

John Crawley, former England batsman
John Crawley
England are very well placed. I think they've got to take the attack to the Australians and they've got the players to do so at the moment

It's good to see Kevin Pietersen in the side because you need people to take the attack to Australia, otherwise they'll try and bully everyone.

Their game plan is to wait for English batsmen to nudge and nurdle so we should send Kev and Freddie Flintoff in there and go for it.

If you lose you lose but you might as well go down trying.

Sanath Jayasuriya, former Sri Lanka captain
Sanath Jayasuriya

From the first ball England have to be very positive.

They have to keep bowling in the right areas, fielding, catching everything and batting really well.

They cannot have any weaknesses in any area if they are to beat Australia.

Craig McMillan, New Zealand batsman
Craig McMillan
Everyone will know there will be turning points in every game.

More often Australia grab those turning points because of their brilliance and their experience.

You just have to hang tough and grab those moments and you'll see England being very successful this summer.

Graeme Smith, South Africa captain

Handling pressure in Test match cricket is going to be crucial for England.

Australia keep you under pressure from ball one to the last ball if a Test match.

England have players capable of handling that but they must exert more pressure on Australia too.

England have slowly built up a squad that is working well together and I do believe in home conditions.

It is going to be a tough series for England.


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