Ashes - Do not write off Aussies - Selector

Australia's chairman of selectors has warned England it would be foolish to write off the tourists' chances of winning the Ashes this summer despite their frenzied run-up to the series.

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England have been warned not to undermine Australia

Just three weeks before England and Australia resume hostilities at Trent Bridge, the tourists look to be in turmoil.

John Inverarity said: "In 1968 it was said that we had one of the weakest squads, that was 1-1 and another time I remember the English press said it was most certainly the weakest team to come to England was in 1989 and Australia won the series 4-0. We have got in that squad of 16 we have the best players available. We are looking forward to them acquitting themselves well and we will see what happens."

Australia arrived in England full of hope, but they lost to the hosts and Sri Lanka to bow out of the Champions Trophy and they have been forced to answer questions about squad discipline following David Warner's bar-room attack of Joe Root.

Captain Michael Clarke has not been able to play a competitive match since March due to a back injury he suffered in India, where yet more questions were asked about discipline and talent after a humiliating 4-0 defeat.

Warner shocked both nations when he punched Yorkshire batsman Root in the face in Birmingham Walkabout two weekends ago following Australia's 48-run defeat to England. Cricket Australia (CA) came down hard on the batsman for his latest breach of discipline, fining him £7,000 and banning him from all cricket up until the first Ashes Test in Nottingham on July 10.

Warner will be serving his team-mates drinks rather than playing in the two warm-up games against Somerset and Worcester in the coming fortnight. That does not mean Warner has no chance of being included in the Australians XI for the first Test, however.

"Yes, he has a chance to play, certainly," Inverarity added on Test Match Special. "In any cricket season in years gone by you might have a wet start to the season. Players sometimes miss games and then come back and make centuries."

CA fined Warner £4,000 for a foul-mouthed tweet to journalists while in India and four squad members were sent home after the third Test for failing to take part in a team task. However, Inverarity insists there is no deep-rooted discipline problems within the Australian camp.

He added: "There have been one or two hiccups but basically they are a very decent, nice bunch of young men who behave themselves extremely well. I don't think that has changed over the years."

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