England “know that Australia is beatable in Australia,” according to quick pitcher James Anderson.
Tourists have won just four events in this century and have lost nine of their last 10 games.
But Anderson told the BBC’s Project Ashes podcast, “We think we have a bunch of players who can win.
“I’m not just saying that. Very often you say this because you have to be positive, but we sincerely believe that we can win here. “
England are looking to win back the Ashes, which Australia retained with a 2-2 draw at UK in 2019. The first test in Brisbane begins at 00:00 GMT on Wednesday.
England haven’t won at Gabba since 1986, but Australia’s 23-year unbeaten streak on this pitch against all teams ended in January when they were beaten by India.
“We know they are beatable in Australia. We’ve seen teams do it, ”said Anderson, England’s all-time best wicket-taker.
“It’s not like years ago, when they were such a dominant force, you hesitated to go there.
“India has won their last two tours here, South Africa has won here. It is not an impossible task.
In Anderson’s four previous Ashes tours, England have been twice beaten 5-0 and also suffered a 4-0 defeat, but their 3-1 victory in 2010-11 started off as a draw in the first test in Brisbane.
“If you lose at Gabba it’s a real tough fight from there,” he added. “When we came away from Brisbane with a draw in 2010, that set the series for us.”
Anderson also highlighted the stellar form of England captain Joe Root, who tested six centuries in 2021, and the return of first all-rounder Ben Stokes after missing most of the summer at home to recover from a finger. broken and protect his mental well-being.
“We have world class players,” he said. “We have the best drummer in the world and the best all-around in the world. We really believe we have a good chance. BBC