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England’s Trevor Bayliss demands better Ashes warm-ups for tourists

• Opposition before first Test has mainly been players with little experience• Coach calls for ‘at least one match against the A team before each series’Trevor Bayliss has called on the England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket Australia to provide m…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/18/england-trevor-bayliss-better-ashes-warm-ups

Tim Paine gets nod for Ashes as Australia overhaul Test squad

Selectors recall player who has not played Test cricket since 2010 Cameron Bancroft and Shaun Marsh also included for first two TestsAustralia’s selectors have confirmed the remarkable, radical overhaul of their side for the first two Ashes Tests with …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/17/tim-paine-gets-nod-for-ashes-as-australia-overhaul-test-squad

Anger greets Australia’s plan to recall Tim Paine as Ashes wicketkeeper

• Paine has not played Test cricket since 2010; last first-class ton 11 years ago • Stuart MacGill calls Australia selectors ‘morons masquerading as mentors’Surprise and anger from former Australia players and fans greeted reports that Tim Paine was to…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/16/australia-ashes-anger-wicketkeeper-tim-paine-england

Shane Bond tasked with getting England to ‘understand what attacking looks like’

Bowling consultant, the New Zealander Shane Bond, says England ‘play the game differently to what we do in this part of the world’ but the Ashes squad are sticking to his plan in their warm-up in AustraliaEngland have selected three seamers for their w…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/15/shane-bond-getting-england-to-understand-what-attacking-looks-like-ashes-australia

Graeme Hick and Mark Ramprakash happy to go head-to-head again | Will Macpherson

The two former England batsmen had oddly similar playing careers but now they face each other from opposing changing roomsThere was a certain symmetry about the weird yet wonderful careers of Graeme Hick and Mark Ramprakash. Unrelenting runscorers at d…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/15/graeme-hick-mark-ramprakash-ashes-cricket-england-australia

Joe Root tells England to upset Ashes odds in Australia’s backyard

England captain tells Australia to ‘bring it on’ during seriesCraig Overton likely to get call-up for first Test at GabbaJoe Root’s instructions were curt but commanding as England gave their clearest indication yet of their Ashes XI and their captain …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/14/craig-overton-looks-set-to-take-place-in-english-ashes-pace-attack

Moeen Ali works on the short ball and climbs England batting order

• Moeen and Bairstow to move up a place to cover for suspended Stokes• All-rounder fit for final practice match before next week’s first Test Moeen Ali will be a vital player for England over the next two months but he has been unusually peripheral in …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/13/moeen-ali-fit-england-practice-townsville-first-test-bairstow-australia

England batsmen need to turn starts into centuries, says Trevor Bayliss

• Ashes novices have impressed but need to improve ahead of first Test• Alastair Cook is confident of finding form despite poor start to the tourChris Rogers chose “weaknesses”, Ryan Harris went for “vulnerable”, and Trevor Bayliss spoke of “concerns”….

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/12/england-batsmen-trevor-bayliss-ashes-cricket