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Tredwell: England lacking

James Tredwell admits that England have lacked the skills to match Australia during this winter's disasterous tour Down Under.

England were not only whitewashed in the Ashes Test series, they have already fallen three-nil behind in the five-match 50-over one-day competition which continues on Friday, live on Sky Sports 2HD.

The Spinner says: "We understand that we've not been good enough on this tour.

"Our skills need to be better. We've not quite put them into practice over a period of time.

"We've spoken a lot about pushing back and giving Australia a bit of their own medicine but that's not always easy when the skills aren't up to scratch.

Honesty

"If we are really honest about it that's been the issue this winter and we're trying to be really honest with ourselves."

With the destiny of the ODI series decided, the Aussies look set to rest skipper Michael Clarke, David Warner, Brad Haddin and Shane Watson for Friday's fourth match.

But Tredwell knows the hosts will still be a confident squad that will be hard to beat: "We know how many good players there are in Australia.

"The guys that are coming in for the guys that have been rested are no mugs.

"We know it is going to be a tough game. We were close at the Gabba - we got a score on the board - but we just couldn't get over the line. We need to bring all the skills together for this one."