England fast bowler Tim Bresnan says Australia missed their chance to get one over the Three Lions during the Ashes in England, and feels his side will be much improved when the return leg kicks off Down Under next month.

England won the series at home three-nil, but were not at their best and had to rely on individual efforts a few times to get them out of trouble. Bresnan says the Aussies will not get a second bite at the cherry.

He said in the Express: "We weren't as good as we could have been in the summer despite the fact that we won 3-0. If we'd played the same cricket we showed in Australia last time, I don't think they would have got close.

"We underperformed as a team and the good news for us is that we have a desire to get better every time we walk out. We are always striving for perfection and I see us improving this winter.

"There was nothing wrong with our preparation for the summer series. But Andy (Flower) is not just as driven as he was last time but more driven because he has had more time to devote to it."

The Ashes were won thanks to individual efforts, with Ian Bell scoring three centuries and two fifties, and James Anderson leading the bowling attack with aplomb, but Bresnan said most other players were not as consistent as they'd have liked.

Bresnan added: "The facts are that certain individuals played out of their skins in the summer. Ian Bell was unbelievable, Jimmy was Mr Consistent, Broady took wickets and Swanny did exactly what we thought he would.

"But some of the other guys didn't really do themselves justice and I know that they are looking to turn that around."

Of his own injury, which saw him miss the final Test, the Yorkshireman said he felt good and ready for the first Test in Brisbane, but would need to see how prolonged training affected his lower back.

He said: "At the time I just thought it was a stiff back that the medical staff would sort out with a cortisone injection or something, but they sent me for a scan and a slight stress fracture showed up.

"As things stand, I am feeling no reaction either from the gym or the couch! I hope to be able to be fit for the first Test in Brisbane.

"But the only real test of something like this is bowling. We won't really know whether I will be fit until I bowl in the nets."