Flintoff: There’s nothing dangerous about Oz

While most neutrals and Australians, and even many English, consider Australia to be the favourites for the Ashes this year, former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff feels his countrymen will win the little urn.

Flintoff said that the Aussies were not as dangerous as everyone was making them out to be, and that if England played to their potential and enjoyed the series, they'd win the title back. Australia won 5-0 last time out.

The Lancashire man, who won the Ashes in 2005 and 2009, told ecb.co.uk: "I think England are in a great position. They have been written off by everyone and that is when England are at their most dangerous.

"We have seen in the past few weeks there are signs of a massive improvement in the side. They should just go out there and play and enjoy it as they are doing.

"I will be honest with you, I look at the Aussies and there is nothing going to put you off your breakfast. There is nothing there.

"You put the two teams together and I think we are stronger. However, they will come in with a confidence, possibly a little bit of arrogance, but I think we will win 2-1."