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World Cup T20: England urged to land pre-ashes hit in Australia by Darren Gough

Let’s land the first blow! Darren Gough says England can gain a crucial lead ahead of this winter’s Ashes by beating Australia in the T20 World Cup clash this weekend with Eoin Morgan’s team in impressive form after two emphatic victories.

  • England have started the T20 World Cup with two impressive victories
  • Eoin Morgan’s team has shown why they are considered favorites to win it
  • But they will face a much tougher test against Australia in Dubai on Saturday.
  • It is the first of several meetings between the old rivals in an Ashes winter
  • Former England bowler Darren Gough stressed the importance of an early victory
  • He thinks he could give a psychological blow before the Down Under tour


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Darren Gough believes it is vital that England get the first blow to Australia in Saturday’s T20 World Cup clash ahead of a titanic winter in Ashes.

Eoin Morgan’s team will enter the game in Dubai as favorites and with high confidence after resounding victories over the West Indies and Bangladesh in their first two group matches.

But England will undoubtedly be Australia’s favorite when Ashes start in Brisbane on December 8, so striking an early psychological blow could be important.

Chris Woakes celebrates taking a wicket during England's emphatic win over Bangladesh

Chris Woakes celebrates taking a wicket during England’s emphatic win over Bangladesh

The next step for England is a much tougher test against Australia's old rivals in Dubai this Saturday.

The next step for England is a much tougher test against Australia's old rivals in Dubai this Saturday.

The next step for England is a much tougher test against Australia’s old rivals in Dubai this Saturday.

Former England fast bowler Darren Gough says it's a great opportunity to land a shot ahead of Ashes Down Under this winter.

Former England fast bowler Darren Gough says it's a great opportunity to land a shot ahead of Ashes Down Under this winter.

Former England fast bowler Darren Gough says it’s a great opportunity to land a shot ahead of Ashes Down Under this winter.

Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood are on the England team for the World Cup and are also heading to Australia.

“ It is the beginning of a long winter for England against Australia, so this Saturday’s game is absolutely vital, ” said Gough. Sportsmail.

“It’s a great game in regards to the World Cup and in regards to winter. Playing against your biggest rival is always the best for a professional athlete and that game is vital in many ways.

“Australia is a very competitive team, Justin Langer is a competitive coach who I have played with many, many times.

“They have some very good players who haven’t really established themselves in the last two or three years and that has been a bit strange really.

Darren Gough and Harry Judd pictured at the Booking.com T20 Pavilion at Totteridge and Millhillian Cricket Club in North London on Thursday

Darren Gough and Harry Judd pictured at the Booking.com T20 Pavilion at Totteridge and Millhillian Cricket Club in North London on Thursday

Darren Gough and Harry Judd pictured at the Booking.com T20 Pavilion at Totteridge and Millhillian Cricket Club in North London on Thursday

Gough enjoyed some great moments against Australia - he is seen celebrating after throwing Matthew Elliott for 199 at Headingley in 1997, part of a five-wicket course.

Gough enjoyed some great moments against Australia - he is seen celebrating after throwing Matthew Elliott for 199 at Headingley in 1997, part of a five-wicket course.

Gough enjoyed some great moments against Australia – he is seen celebrating after throwing Matthew Elliott for 199 at Headingley in 1997, part of a five-wicket course.

Gough (left) and Mark Butcher (right) grab stumps after England's win in Melbourne in 2003

Gough (left) and Mark Butcher (right) grab stumps after England's win in Melbourne in 2003

Gough (left) and Mark Butcher (right) grab stumps after England’s win in Melbourne in 2003

“England has established itself no matter who they have hired. England can make changes after changes and that does not affect the way they play.

“With Australia, it has been a bit strange to see them because they have so many talented players, but finding the right balance has been very difficult.”

Aaron Finch’s team was not entirely convincing in beating South Africa in their first tournament and they don’t have the same fear factor as England’s aggressive T20 team.

And former fast bowler Gough, who took 229 tests and 235 wickets a day for England, believes Australia is falling behind in the 20+ format.

Jason Roy breaks a six when England did an easy job beating Bangladesh on Wednesday

Jason Roy breaks a six when England did an easy job beating Bangladesh on Wednesday

Jason Roy breaks a six when England did an easy job beating Bangladesh on Wednesday

Moeen Ali (center) took two wickets as England bowlers restricted Bangladesh to just 124

Moeen Ali (center) took two wickets as England bowlers restricted Bangladesh to just 124

Moeen Ali (center) took two wickets as England bowlers restricted Bangladesh to just 124

‘The way England play under Eoin Morgan, they’ve looked at the best teams in the world and the way they play, that brand of cricket,’ Gough said at the launch of From Booking.com Luxury T20 pavilion at Totteridge and Millhillians Cricket Club.

“Even going back to 1996, the way Sri Lanka was playing, the England brand is no different than that.

“ It was the education and the belief that England players could play that way and when there were players like Kevin Pietersen and other guys playing that kind of cricket, England was always going to be easier to follow.

“ You look at all the players in England now and everyone who comes, they all play with that brand.

“Australia could also play with this brand, they did it 10 years ago, but for some reason they have exploded.”

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