Cape Town - Australia great Steve Waugh said the Aussies have "no excuses" in the upcoming Ashes series in England.

The Baggy Greens have left no stone unturned in their preparations for the five Test matches in England with an Australia A side playing plenty of games in the UK while the World Cup was going on.

The Ashes will also signal the return of Steve Smith and David Warner to the Australia Test team for the first time since the sandpaper scandal last year.

Waugh told Sky Sports: "They have had great preparation. No stone has been left unturned. There are no excuses.

"We have a really good squad and it has actually been strengthened by the fact Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft haven't been there as it has presented opportunities to others.

"We have good depth and there is no reason we can't win. There are selection decisions to be made but we are not short of options."

The now 54-year-old Waugh has also backed the way current Aussie coach Justin Langer and Test skipper Tim Paine has restored the image of Australian cricket.

"Langer is a real father figure and has given the guys life perspective, while I think Paine has done an excellent job as leader," Waugh continued.

"Paine has found a balance between the Australian way of being positive and aggressive but not crossing that line.

"That was always going to be a challenge, and you can't please everyone."