England warned T20 clash with Australia could have "massive" Ashes implications

England legend Darren Gough believes the upcoming T20 World Cup game against Australia will be "massive" leading into the Ashes.

The historic rivals are set to lock horns on Saturday, with both sides having won their first two games at the tournament.

England have blown away the West Indies and Bangladesh in their fixtures, while Australia came through a scare against South Africa and then comfortably beat Sri Lanka.

Speaking to Mirror Sport at the launch of Booking.com 's luxury T20 Pavilion, Gough said: "England vs Australia is such a big game for so many reasons.

"First and foremost it's a World Cup, but moving forward to the Ashes series it could be massive.

"Australia have got a good team. I think they've slightly gone away from the way you'd expect them to play over the last few years, it's been quite confusing.

"They've tried so many different players whereas England have been quite consistent with selection, changing one or two here and there.

"Australia have been so undecided going into this but it might work. When it comes to World Cups how can you argue with their record?

"We'll see how they go against England but on paper they've got a strong side."

The form of England captain Eoin Morgan has come under scrutiny, with the 35-year-old enduring a lean patch over the summer and during the rescheduled IPL.

However, Morgan's importance to England as a leader cannot be understated and Gough believes the skipper is "undroppable".

"I think he has made himself undroppable but England have got some good leaders," Gough said. "I think Moeen Ali's a good leader and I think Jos Buttler, especially in T20 cricket, can lead.

"I saw an interview where Morgan said he wouldn't be afraid to drop himself but he's the captain of England – he plays.

"He's earned that right with his performances over the years and he's a big part of the way England play.

"After this tournament, if he doesn't get any runs, he'll have to have a look at where he's at but I don't think he'll be bothered if England go on to win back-to-back World Cups.

"He had a lean IPL and he's had a lean time with England but he is the captain and he's got this team playing with belief.

"While England are winning and you're the captain, you keep your place. If England are losing and you're captain, you lose your place. That's what happens and it will always be the case in professional sport.

"In football, it's the manager that gets the sack but in cricket, the captain will end up getting it if you don't perform. But I can't see England not performing [for the rest of the World Cup].


"This team can play, no matter who they pick. If you bring Sam Billings in, he'll perform. If you bring David Willey in, he'll perform. If you bring Mark Wood in, he'll perform.

"They've got so many good players and they're going to be hard to beat."

Booking.com is the official accommodation booking partner of the ICC T20 World Cup, which runs until 14 November.

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