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What England must address before Ashes series

11 Septembre 2017

He described his side's efforts as "terrible" during the Investec Test series against West Indies and suggested a lack of concentration could be to blame.

The emphatic response in the decider against West Indies followed a 3-1 series scoreline versus South Africa, but attention now switches to not only defending the urn but emulating the 2010-11 England vintage by winning on Australian soil. 'We have done some good stuff this summer which means we shouldn't be afraid of going over there and - if we perform at our best - doing something really special. To me, easy catches are usually down to concentration.

Stoneman passed 50 just once in his five innings against the Windies but finished with an unbeaten 40 at Lord's to guide England to a series win.

But Bayliss insisted there had been no let-up in the intensity of England's training and dismissed the suggestion that poor backdrops could be any excuse. "There will always be debate about whether it should have a higher profile or be played at a different time of the year, but we're pretty comfortable about it being played as a season opener". "It matters all the time, not just in important series. We are not going to make up the numbers". "They're professional players and should be grabbing hold of some of those we've dropped".

Shane Bond centre with Mike Hesson and Craig McMillan was a successful Black Caps bowling coach at the 2015 Cricket
What England must address before Ashes series

Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain, Shane Warne and Sir Ian Botham discuss whether Joe Root should bat three for England. Gary Ballance, Haseeb Hameed and Alex Hales may also come into the selectors' thoughts in the coming days.

"That's the big question with the three guys we've been speaking about", Bayliss said. But are they good enough for long enough?

Former New Zealand speedster Shane Bond is likely to take over as England's bowling coach on a temporary basis, for the upcoming 2017-18 Ashes in Australia. They will get a hearing, but it will be hard to go past these three guys.

"Stoneman does look like a tough cricketer at the top of the order". Nothing much seems to fazes him, he's fairly calm but he's got a good knowledge of the game. He's calm around the changing room, he has a good knowledge of the game and what works for him. The excellent form of James Anderson, who averaged less than 15 with the ball this summer, the good initial impressions made by Toby Roland-Jones and the improvement in the bowling of Moeen Ali have all been positives.

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What England must address before Ashes series