Steve Waugh says Aussies just ahead for Ashes

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Sydney, Apr. 30 (ANI): Former captain Steve Waugh believes Australia are entitled to be slight favorites in this year's Ashes series, but feels bowling selections will be crucial to the outcome.

Waugh was part of four triumphant Ashes tours between 1989 and 2001, leading Australia to victory in his last series in England.

England regained the Ashes on Australia's last visit in 2005 but was crushed 5-0 in the following series down under.

augh felt there wouldn't be much to choose between the two teams.

"We've got a very good squad, no matter who is going to be put on the park," said Waugh after addressing some NSW Olympians at an SCG function this week.

"Our top 11 players will compete against anyone. I don't see why we can't win, but England will probably feel the same. There's probably a bit to go regarding team selection and fitness before that, so I'm not sure who our first XI is going to be and whose England is going to be in the first Test, the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Waugh, as saying. (ANI)

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