AAP Australian Sports – Australia insist a gutting World Cup semi-final loss to England will not create any mental scars in the Ashes, with Pat Cummins believing the defeat will only add more fire in the belly.

Summary

  • Australia insist a gutting World Cup semi-final loss to England will not create any mental scars in the Ashes, with Pat Cummins believing the defeat will only add more fire in the belly.
  • Langer and national selectors, yet to finalise what is likely to be a 16-man squad for the Ashes, will now quickly turn their full attention to plotting Australia’s first Test series win in the UK since 2001.
  • The pitch, players and plans of both teams will obviously change in coming weeks as they swap white balls for red balls, with England facing Ireland in a one-off Test at Lord’s while Australia confront Australia A in a virtual selection trial at Southampton.
  • England’s Test skipper Joe Root, who finished 49 not out on Thursday, argued the result was proof his team does not fear Australia.
  • Australia’s World Cup squad members involved in the Ashes will now be given a week to hit the reset button, with team management keen to avoid player burnout during a marathon winter in England.

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