Warne warns England not to take Australians lightly in Ashes

October 8th, 2008 - 7:17 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Oct 8 (IANS) Spin genius Shane Warne has warned English cricketers that they need not take their recent success under Kevin Pietersen’s leadership anything more than “encouraging” as Australians still have it in them to hand a 5-0 defeat in the Ashes next year. “England have just won a dead rubber, and suddenly everybody is saying that they are going to win the Ashes,” Warne said during the launch of his new book, Shane Warne’s Century here Tuesday.

“Yeah, it’s exciting for England, I suppose, to have won a dead rubber. But South Africa had won the series. And South Africa have only got a couple of decent batsmen in their side. But I would not get my hopes up too high, it’s been encouraging rather than ‘We’re going to win the Ashes.

“If England keep losing series and winning dead rubbers, Australia will wipe the floor with them. It will be 5-0 again, just like last time,” he said.

Warne though was all praise for Peitersen who he says has lent confidence to the English team.

“Kevin Pietersen brings confidence to the captaincy, he’s the best batsman they’ve got, and I think the other players will follow him. If England can keep that momentum up now, win the next series and the next one after that, then I’m sure they will give Australia a real shake and it will be one hell of a contest.

“Hopefully something to match 2005. Otherwise I think Australia will thrash them, because Australia are a really good side.”

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