Australia’s Brad Haddin said on Monday the tourists are desperate to end their Ashes “hurt” when they face England in the latest edition of Test cricket’s oldest rivalry.
The familiar foes begin a five-match series at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge ground on Wednesday with England bidding for a third straight series win over Australia — something they last managed in the 1950s — after a home success in 2009 was followed by a first triumph ‘Down Under’ in 24 years in 2011.
But vice-captain Haddin hopes the pain of those reverses will help fuel Australia’s bid to reclaim the urn. “It hurts and that won’t go away,” said the wicket-keeper. “We’d love to make amends for that in this series and our progress over the last few weeks has been good.”