Seamers set up 192 run win for England

Ashes Series: George Garton to join England squad after Jake Ball suffers ankle strain

Seamers set up 192 run win for England

We have games like that, where we lose wickets like that, and it is a concern."The batsmen realise they have got to do better and they are working hard to do that".

"We're not used to playing multi-innings games but batting with Georgia was brilliant". We have still got some improvement in us and a way to go for that first Test. Chris Woakes, James Anderson and Craig Overton wreaked havoc under lights on the third day and picked seven wickets only for 70 runs in the second innings.

Ball limped out of England's second tour match, a 192-run win over a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide completed on Saturday, with ankle ligament damage, prompting selectors to summon Sussex youngster George Garton from the Lions squad as cover.

England coach Trevor Bayliss has warned his batsmen that they will have to produce big scores in order to win the upcoming Ashes series against bitter rivals Australia. "By all accounts the wicket in Townsville is a pretty good one".

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Ball is not expected to recover in time for the Townsville fixture, so even if he is fit for the first Test starting in Brisbane on 23 November, England would be taking a high risk to pick him after bowling only 15.2 overs on this tour. It's quite flat. Hopefully that will help our batters make some big scores.

The previous two winning England teams in Australia travelled contrasting routes to the first Test. Not just spend time in the middle, but make 100s.

"I m sure he would have preferred to have scored a few, but a guy with that experience has been through periods (like that) before", he said.

"I think it would be fair to say Cooky always looks a bit rusty. he'd probably be first to admit that", Bayliss said. "That's what I'm sure the Australians are trying to do".

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