– England are likely to fill their Ashes squad with players that have been used in the past 18 months, according to coach Trevor Bayliss.


  • Joe Root’s side still have concerns over their batting despite Test series wins against South Africa and West Indies this summer.
  • Opener Mark Stoneman, the 12th man to partner Alastair Cook at the top of the order in the past five years, followed a maiden half-century in the second Test against West Indies with an unbeaten 40 in the series-clinching victory at Lord’s on Saturday.
  • England are third in the International Cricket Council Test rankings, with Australia fifth after their 1-1 draw in Bangladesh.
  • “It’s a great opportunity for this group of players to do something special down there,” said England captain Root, who ends his first summer as captain with five victories from seven Tests.
  • England’s only victory in Australia in the past 30 years came in 2010-11, when Andrew Strauss’ side won three Tests by an innings in a 3-1 series win.

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