Liam Livingstone confident he will do himself justice in Test cricket

Finch ton helps Australia to big total in 1st England ODI

Finch ton helps Australia to big total in 1st England ODI

Livingstone, appointed Lancashire captain at the back end of past year, was the headline inclusion in England's squad for their two-Test series in New Zealand. And England have not gone to Australia primarily to face the world champions and advance their status as one of the favourites for the 2019 World Cup?

Livingstone eschewed the option of participating in various domestic T20 leagues this winter, instead travelling to Australia with the England Lions, which had the added bonus of experiencing Ashes cricket first hand as he attended the first day of the series at the Gabba.

'I would like to prove to everyone, to my team-mates and the media, that I can be that X-factor bowler they want.

What Ashes? The tour now moves into white-ball mode with considerable changes to both teams.

"They are a seriously talented bunch and he lets them go out and play".

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Stokes is waiting to learn if he will be charged and the star all-rounder missed the Ashes as a effect, with England losing the Test series 4-0 in his absence.

"It will be a different prospect playing Test cricket in England in the summer again".

In other words, the European Central Bank are effectively hoping to bumble along with Bayliss until that glorious moment when - all being well - he lifts the World Cup and rides off into the sunset, main mission accomplished.

Hales is free to play again after being cleared over his involvement in the Stokes incident.

For what it is worth too, I stand by my initial belief that England should not have appointed Bayliss in the first place and that they chose to recruit the wrong Australian. "I don't know why this is news".

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The Red Devils are now overstocked in the positions Fosu-Mensah would normally be considered to play in and so he was sent out on loan to another Premier League club to learn his trade.

Talking of allrounders, England will be hoping that the one-day series can help Moeen escape the funk the surrounded him for much of the Ashes.

Though fortunes in the longest form have stuttered during Bayliss's tenure, despite 2015's Ashes success and a series victory in South Africa, the 55-year-old has rejuvenated England in limited-overs cricket.

Bayliss's laid-back approach has fitted in well with a group of young, exciting players who have shone in an environment that has promoted aggression and flair.

Yesterday the batsman returned to the day job, hitting 52 from just 35 balls as England warmed-up for the one-day series with Australia with a five-wicket win over a Cricket Australia XI at the Drummoyne Oval in Sydney.

With 93 still needed to win and only 74 deliveries left (it was a big ask in those days), the match was as good as over.

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For Bayliss's sake - and that of the European Central Bank - one must hope that they do.

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