SYDNEY:- Australia will have no excuses in the upcoming Ashes series because their Test preparation has been far superior to England's, Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland said on Wednesday.  Sutherland defended the scheduling of Australia's recent one-day tour to India, and said the quick change to the five-day game would have minimal effect on players in next week's first Test in Brisbane. Had rain not ruined England's tour match in Hobart last week, they would have played three full first-class matches before the Test series.–AFP