Aussies ready for Ashes - Haddin

The first test starts on Wednesday at Trent Bridge, a ground that traditionally favours batsmen.

The first test starts on Wednesday at Trent Bridge, a ground that traditionally favours batsmen. Picture: Sxc.hu

LONDON - Australia Vice-Captain Brad Haddin on Tuesday said his team is ready for the upcoming Ashes.

England has been in possession of the trophy since Andrew Strauss's men won the series 3 - 1 in Australia in 2011.

In recent times, Australia hasn't managed to reestablish its dominance seen under the leadership of Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting.

Ponting and Michael Hussey's retirements left a gap in the Aussie line-up.

Before their Ashes victory in 2005, England hadn't held the trophy for 17 years.

Since that victory, the tide has turned and Australia hasn't won a series against England since 2006, when Ponting led his side to a 5-0 whitewash on home soil.

The first test starts on Wednesday at Trent Bridge, a ground that traditionally favours batsmen more than bowlers.

Australia will be hoping they can blunt the pace attack of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

Speaking on Cricket Australia's website, Haddin said the team doesn't need much motivation for the task ahead.

"Everyone's excited about the campaign; it's not hard to get up for series like this. This is the biggest series from an Australian player's point of view."