England will win the Ashes, says ECB chairman Colin Graves

England players celebrate victory in Cardiff
England's victory in Cardiff was their first in seven Tests against Australia
England v Australia, Second Test
Venue: Lord's Dates: 16-20 July
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England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves is adamant that England will win back the Ashes by beating Australia this summer.

Having lost 5-0 down under in 2013-14, England won in Cardiff to take a 1-0 lead in the current series, which continues at Lord's on Thursday.

"I'm sure we will win," Graves told BBC Look North. "I firmly believe that.

"We have a fantastic squad and the right coaching team. It is not going to be easy but we are in the right place."

England head coach Trevor Bayliss (left) and assistant Paul Farbrace (right)
Trevor Bayliss took charge of his first Test as England head coach in Cardiff

England beat the tourists by 169 runs inside four days last week.

The result and performance built on the positive displays throughout the drawn Test series and victorious one-day series against New Zealand earlier in the summer.

"Since the start of the New Zealand series, the results have been fantastic and the way we have played cricket has been superb," said Graves.

"People are connecting back with cricket and it is great."

Graves expects Australia to "come back hard" at Lord's but added: "I'm sure our guys are up for the battle."

England record at Lord's v Australia

On Sunday, the Guardian highlighted that 467,000 viewers tuned into the finale of the first Test on Sky Sports, as opposed to 8.4 million who saw the climax of the decisive fourth Test on Channel 4 in 2005.

Graves admitted the viewing figures were "disappointing" but added: "It is the first Test and we can see how they develop as we go along.

"We are doing a lot of work to try and reinvigorate that from a viewing point of view and get people connected with us.

"We've got to try to say to people: 'It is there to be viewed on television and if you can't get to the matches themselves, try to get back involved in it.' If one or two people have fallen out of love with it in the past, they are missing some fantastic cricket."

BBC Radio coverage of the Ashes

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