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Windies dealt with, now the Aussie focus shifts to England

AUSTRALIA'S demolition of the West Indies means the side will travel to England for next month's Ashes with every confidence it can retain the famous urn.

The Aussies were totally dominant in the second Test at Kingston, winning by 277 runs inside four days, to wrap up an easy 2-0 series sweep.

In contrast, England found the going tougher on its recent tour of the West Indies, finishing the four-game series 2-1 winners.

Of particular concern to England would be the form of the Aussie quicks.

Josh Hazlewood took seven wickets in the second Test and five in the first, and should benefit from the swing and seam in English conditions.

Fellow quick Mitchell Starc took 10 wickets for the series, while Mitchell Johnson chipped in with eight.

Starc seems to have found his groove with the red ball after a stunning World Cup, and could prove the x-factor in England.

The question for selectors will be which pacemen misses out, with ever-consistent Ryan Harris set to return from injury.

Nathan Lyon also snared eight wickets for the series on his way to becoming Australia's most prolific off-spinner, passing Hugh Trumble's 111-year-old mark of 141 Test wickets.

Settling on the batting line-up for the Ashes will not be easy either, with opener Chris Rogers, who has an outstanding record in Eng

land, set to return after missing both Tests in the West Indies with concussion.

With Adam Voges making an unbeaten 138 and 37 in his only two knocks, opener Shaun Marsh could miss out.



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