Veteran duo to be the difference: Harmison

Former paceman Steve Harmison says fresh fast bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad will give England the edge in this year’s Ashes series.
Harmison, who claimed 45 wickets in 17 Ashes Tests, predicts England to regain the Ashes they lost 4-0 in Australia in 2017-18, with the workloads of the two competing pace attacks to be the difference in the series.
While Anderson and Broad will prepare for the Ashes with the red Dukes ball in the County Championship, the bulk of Australia’s likely pace attack will be involved in the preceding World Cup.
That extra burden of playing in the World Cup before the Ashes, which begins on August 1 and is scheduled to wrap up on September 16, has Harmison believing Joe Root’s side can extend Australia’s Ashes drought in England beyond 18 years.
“I think it will be a tough Ashes series because of Australia’s bowling strength,” Harmison told Metro.co.uk.
“But the intensity of seven weeks of (World Cup) cricket on their bowlers could be crucial. (Mitch) Starc and (Pat) Cummins have been fantastic.
“But they have had injury issues – can they play the whole World Cup and then the Ashes? That’s where I think England have the upper hand in the Ashes.
“England’s trump card with the balls is (James) Anderson and (Stuart) Broad and they will be doing very little in the build-up to the Ashes.
“Whereas the Aussie quicks will have to rock up at the World Cup and then play five Ashes Tests in seven weeks. That will take a lot of strain and that could be the difference.
“Anderson and Broad will be like racehorses, primed and ready to go for that first Test match. England might be a bit fresher in the Ashes and that could be the difference.”