Brisbane, Dec 5: The heated Ashes rivalry between England and Australia is set to commence from the 8th of December with the 1st Test taking place at the Gabba, Brisbane Cricket Ground. Former Australia captain and currently the vice-captain, Steve Smith has backed the selection of Travis Head and Mitchell Starc for the upcoming Ashes series.Also Read - Highlights | AUS vs ENG Ashes 5th Test, Day 3 Updates: Australia Win By 146 Runs, Hosts Finish Series 4-0

Smith was in praise of Starc and asserted that when the left-arm pacer get the ball to swing late with some proper pace, he’s right up there among one of the best in the world. Also Read - Hong Kong Airport Bans Transit Travellers From 153 Countries, Including India Amid Rising COVID Cases

“He was bowling with some proper pace and swinging the ball late. And we know when he does that he’s, if not the best in the world, he’s up there with it,” said Smith. Also Read - South Africa to Host Australia, England in 2023, Confirms Graeme Smith

All-rounder Cam Green will further bolster the pace attack and he’s looking forward to learning from his more experienced team-mates.

“As a young guy coming into the team it’s actually a really good time, got a lot of experience around you to help you out, so I’m looking forward to it,” said Green.

Meanwhile Ollie Pope explained that England had developed great cohesion after being together as a group for a long time, while his team-mate Mark Wood warned that Australia “will be ready, believe you me”, as England aim to win the Ashes on Australian soil for the first time since 2011.

(With Inputs From PTI)