The Ashes: Lancashire coach Peter Moores predicts England victory Down Under
Former England coach Peter Moores backs England to beat Australia in the upcoming Ashes series Down Under.
Last Updated: 29/10/13 3:46pm
Alastair Cook's side ran out 3-0 winners in the home Ashes series this summer, despite not consistently hitting previous heights in the quality of their play.
However, Lancashire coach Moores, who preceded Andy Flower as head director of the national team, believes England can reproduce the scintillating form that helped them beat Australia 3-1 in their previous tour in 2010/11.
"It will be a great series," Moores told Sky Sports. "The Aussies have got a bit of confidence from the series here but also England didn't play as well as they could have done.
"Even though England won 3-0 they have been quite quiet which I think is a good sign. They are working hard and they have a month in Australia beforehand.
"They will come and hit the Aussies hard and I think they will end up being too strong."
One of the main issues regarding the make-up of England's side for the first Test, which gets under way on 21 November in Brisbane, is who will be selected to bat at number six.
Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow occupied the spot for most of the summer Ashes series but failed to fully convince and was replaced for the final Test by Warwickshire's Chris Woakes.
Moores feels Flower will assess his options over the course of three warm-up games, the first of which is a three-day match against Western Australia in Perth, starting on Thursday.
"Fortunately for Andy he has three games before the first Test to have a look and decide what his stable side is," said Moores.
"He will want to go with the same shape of side with six batters, three seamers and a spinner.
"He will be looking to the senior players to be the cornerstones - Trott, Cook, Bell, Pietersen, Prior. They'll be the ones he will look to for the runs.
"And he will go for the form player at six, who he thinks can deliver at the time, under pressure in an Ashes series."
The other major issue is who will play as the third seamer along with frontline pair James Anderson and Stuart Broad, with Steven Finn, Chris Tremlett and Boyd Rankin all competing for the spot.
"For me Finn would be ahead if he is bowling well," admitted Moores. "He had some problems in the summer but if he gets himself going well, he has proven he is a top-class Test performer. He is tall and will create bounce.
"Tremlett is the one who performed well last time they went to Australia but that is a while ago and he will have to show something in the practice games if he is to get that berth, while Rankin impressed in the one-day series. But they will all work hard."
Watch the Ashes live on Sky Sports this winter, beginning with the opening Test at the Gabba. Coverage begins at 11pm on Sky Sports 2 on November 20