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Aussie bowlers ready to attack as one

UPDATED 30 June, 2013 3:34PM AEDT | by AAP 11

Australia's modern day fast bowling cartel is planning to attack England's batsmen with a pack mentality.

Fresh from a month of bonding on the Australian A tour, the core of the six-man arsenal says one out efforts won't be enough to win the Ashes.

Reminiscent of the tight relationship shared between the likes of Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie, Brett Lee and Michael Kasprowicz in years past, the new breed of quicks are hungry for their own taste of baggy green success.

In the Australia A camp, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris and Jackson Bird, trained, ate, drank and breathed together as a unit.

Mitchell Starc and James Faulkner were separated in the Champions Trophy side, but have joined the fraternity since the Ashes squad came together on Monday.

Potential spearhead Pattinson said Australia's fast bowlers won't take a backward step when it's time to deliver the first ball at Trent Bridge on July 10, regardless of who takes the field.

"I don't think we can. We back ourselves," Pattinson told AAP.

"We know we can take 20 wickets against the English team. They've got some new players in their team who are trying to find their way as well as much as our batsmen.

"It's going to be tough on the bowlers but I think there's not a huge gap between the teams at all.

"We're going to come in with 100 per cent game and try and take it to them."

Siddle was part of the failed Ashes campaign in 2009 but says this time around the bowlers are far better prepared.

Not only have they had three Australia A matches and an Australian tour match to adapt to the conditions, but the spirit and drive is alive and well.

"The work we've done and obviously the planning chats we've had about how we want to go about it is a lot better," Siddle said.

"We're definitely a lot more on top of it.

"The build up over the last couple of years of the bowling unit ... we've played a lot together now. We've got our plans down pat."

The fast bowling aspect is so strong for Australia, that players will be unlucky to miss Test matches.

Harris, who has battled through injury for the chance to be part of the Test environment again, said competition won't affect morale.

"The camaraderie is excellent. We're all good mates. If I don't play a Test match I'll do everything I can to help the boys," Harris said.

"If we have to rest someone or if someone does go down ... the guy who is stepping in can do the same sort of job."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 30 June, 2013 3:26PM AEDT

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