Shane Warne has told England cricket fans to enjoy their team's recent successes but warned there was still a long way to go before the summer's major prize - the Ashes - is decided.
The Australian leg spinner, who was visiting Birmingham to promote the treatment he is having to tackle his hair-loss problems, said Michael Vaughan's team had played superbly over the last year.
But he said people shouldn't read too much into Australia's performances on tour so far, particularly in relation to the Ashes Test series which starts at Lord's on July 21.
The Australians were beaten by both Bangladesh and England in oneday internationals over the weekend, but Warne said: "I think it's a bit early to talk about how the Ashes is going to go.
"There's a lot of cricket to be played, there's injuries, there's form, all these sorts of things. I don't think the one-day series will have too much impact.
"I think the good thing about it is the way the summer's started - with England playing well against Bangladesh, Bangladesh beating Australia, and then England beating Australia - it's leading up to a fascinating series.
"I think everybody's excited about the prospect of England and Australia in the Ashes and everyone wants to get straight into it now."
Warne, who was visiting Advanced Hair Studio's offices in Graham Street, said he was expecting the Barmy Army to come up with a song or two about his hair during the course of the summer.
"Maybe I'm giving a little bit too much credit to the Barmy Army but I think they're intelligent people so I'm sure that they can come up with some sort of song about my hair.
"I'll be disappointed if they don't because every year I've come over here they've generally had some sort of song for me."
Warne's Hampshire team-mate Kevin Pietersen was England's star against Australia on Sunday, scoring 91 not out off 65 balls to lead the team to a threewicket win, and the clamour has renewed for his inclusion in the Test side.
And Warne conceded that England had unearthed a cricketing gem in the South-African born batsman.
"Andrew Flintoff and others are wonderful players but I don't think there's anyone in England as destructive as Kevin Pietersen.
"If he gets to 25 or 30, somewhere around there, he's got all the shots and he's very very hard to bowl to. I think you've got a special player in Kevin."
He added: "I said at the start of the season that I thought they [the England selectors] were missing a trick if they didn't pick him against Bangladesh [ in the Test series] because I thought whoever played against Bangladesh would perform that well that it's hard to drop anyone out of that side.
"It's going to be hard for Kevin to get into the Test side but if he plays the way he's played they might just make room for him."
Warne, who is likely to become the first cricketer to take 600 Test wickets during the Ashes series, said the depth of talent in the county game, coupled with England's excellent performances over the past year, meant an exciting summer was in prospect.
"I think the depth of county cricket at the moment is probably the highest it's been for at least probably 15 to 20 years.
"You've got a number of players - Robert Key, Ian Bell [inset left], Pietersen, Graham Thorpe - and others who could quite capably go in there and play, and the bowling depth you've got gives lots of options which is something I think the selectors haven't had for a while.
"It's exciting times for England.
"The game is in good shape at the moment so every-thing's looking good for probably one of the most memorable summers here for a long time."