Shane Warne has given strong backing to Steve Waugh's new role with the Australian Test cricket team, despite their well-known friction.
The leg-spinning legend said he has never questioned Waugh's playing credentials.
Waugh has joined the Ashes squad in a mentor role.
"Steve Waugh was a terrific cricketer - he'll add a lot to the squad," Warne told AAP
"Getting ex-players who were greats of the game ... is always going to help younger players and help the team feel better about themselves.
"I'm sure he's going to pass on some good knowledge as well."
Warne is no fan of Waugh, stemming from when the Australian captain wanted him dropped during the 1999 Test series in the West Indies.
"I've never had a bad word to say about his cricketing ability," Warne said.
While pleased to see Waugh involved, Warne is concerned about the large numbers of support staff around the Test team.
"We just have to make sure there aren't too many people, too much information - I like to keep it small," Warne said.
"But I'm for getting ex-players who have done the business at the top level for a long period of time, getting them involved - whoever they are."
Warne has returned to Australia briefly to launch his own line of sports clothing, SW23, that will cater for cricket and golf.
He will return to England on Friday to be part of Sky's commentary team for the Ashes.
Warne starred when Australia mauled England 4-1 in 2001 - their last away Ashes series win.
He has offered his first Test lineup, including paceman James Pattinson and batsman Matthew Wade.
"If Australia play Pattinson and Wade, two aggressive players, I reckon we'll win," he said.
"But I should clarify - if our bowlers stay fit. All our bowlers need to stay fit.
"England have been so hard to beat in recent times."
Australian Associated Press