Seamer Mark Wood insists he possesses the attributes to solve England’s need for pace after being recalled to the red-ball squad for March’s two-Test tour of New Zealand.
Trevor Bayliss will step down as England head coach when his contract expires after the 2019 Ashes.
England batsman Dawid Malan defended Jonny Bairstow after the Yorkshireman declined the use of a nightwatchman and proceeded to lose his wicket in the final over of the fifth Ashes Test’s opening day.
Given they are 2-0 down, low on confidence, contending with niggly off-field distractions and set to play at the Waca which history suggests is not a happy hunting ground – I’m not particularly confident about England’s chances in the third Test.
Former England captain Alastair Cook has told team-mates that they face the most significant match of their careers in the third Ashes Test, which starts in Perth on Thursday.
England head coach Trevor Bayliss has called for stump microphones to be turned down so television viewers are not privy to the on-field sledging which has become a pertinent feature of the Ashes.
Suspended all-rounder Ben Stokes failed to live up to billing as England’s Ashes saviour after he struggled with both bat and ball on his return to cricket with Canterbury in New Zealand’s Ford Trophy.
The pink ball is such a new addition to international Test cricket that both England and Australia can both claim the advantage ahead of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.
England cricket chiefs have denied that all-rounder Ben Stokes is flying to Australia to join their Ashes squad after he was pictured at Heathrow airport with his cricket bag.