Sporting News – Andrew Strauss admits England will head into the Ashes with far from ideal “concerns” over their batting line-up.

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  • Andrew Strauss admits England will head into the Ashes with far from ideal “concerns” over their batting line-up.
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  • Having emerged from victorious against South Africa and West Indies without a settled team, Strauss admits England could still be guessing by the time they travel to Brisbane for the start of the series.
  • “The concerns I have are the concerns most people have, which is we haven’t been able to establish a team where 11 players are fully established,” Strauss told ESPNcricinfo.
  • Since Strauss’ retirement, Cook has opened the batting for England’s Test team with 12 different partners, although Stoneman’s gritty end to the West Indies series suggests he will remain in situ Down Under.


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