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Inside 'spies' aiding Aussies

T20 captain George Bailey insists Australia are fully prepared to take on a refreshed England side in the three-game series with the help of some inside information.

The tourists are hoping to go some way to eradicate the memories of the Ashes series, with the squad boosted by the arrival of four fresh faces - three of whom have spent the past month playing in Australia's Big Bash League.

Alex Hales, Luke Wright and Michael Lumb have all enjoyed some rare English success Down Under this winter, but Bailey believes his side are prepared for them.

David Warner, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson may be missing for the hosts - rested for the tour in South Africa - but Bailey has been utilising Tasmanian Cameron White who captains Wright at the Melbourne Stars for information.

"We'll tap into that and hopefully most of our bowlers have seen, played with or against most of those guys," said Bailey, ahead of Wednesday's showdown in Hobart, live on Sky Sports 2HD from 8am.

"Cameron White will help as someone who is a captain and done a bit of planning for a few of those guys.

"That will be an advantage for us but also an advantage for them because they will have seen our bowlers."

Bailey is determined his players make a fast start and continue their dominance against the tourists in all formats of the game before they return home.

Momentum

While Australia have some lesser-known names in their team - including 20-year-old uncapped leg-spinner James Muirhead - the majority have been playing the shortest format for at least a month in the Big Bash.

"I think all first games are important for series in terms of momentum and confidence," Bailey added.

"It would be great to hit the ground running and you would like to think with the amount of T20 the guys have been playing there's no reason why we shouldn't get out there on Wednesday and play our best cricket."

After a hectic home summer Bailey is also looking forward to playing in front of his home fans. "Personally it is always nice to come back and play here and it's been a really busy summer," he said.

"There haven't been as many days at Bellerive cricket wise as normal so it is certainly going to be great to be back and nice to get a couple of nights in your own bed as well."

Mitchell Starc is set to sit out the opener as he continues his comeback from injury. The left-armer has not played since last summer's final Ashes Test at the Oval.

"I think he's still building up," Bailey said. "I think the plan at this stage is for him to play the last couple or the last game of this series.

"It's certainly great to have Starc back. I thought he was our best bowler at that last World Cup and when he is at his best he is someone who is specific in what he does.

"He swings the ball up front and can take early wickets which just gives you a huge advantage and a lot of momentum going into their innings."