The players of England and Australia, both men and women, came out to the field wearing a poppy on their jersey on Saturday to honour the sacrifices made on the anniversary of the end of the First World War. Expectations were suitably low when they arrived in Queensland, and they surprised everyone by winning the first Test. "Mo Ali ... more precautionary now, we will just leave him out of this one and make sure he's right", the 54-year-old coach had said. "He should be right in that 7-10 day time frame, he's fairly confident".
Sussex seamer George Garton will join the tourists in Australia after scans showed Ball strained a ligament while bowling in the warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide. It was attritional at times but that's the game we had to play.
Yet in a worrying sign for England, the match also witnessed the Ashes holders lose four wickets for three runs and seven wickets for 47 during the second innings."Sixties aren't enough", Bayliss said on Sunday. That's definitely what we will need throughout this Test series. Craig Overton (3-15) and James Anderson (3-12) shared the spoils.
"I'd like to think so but I've still got a bit of work to do", Overton told reporters. "He's not necessarily quick but he bowls a heavy ball and good lengths and he's consistent with that".
"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.
England's batsmen will have another opportunity to get some big runs under their belt in the final warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI in Townsville, in far northern Queensland state, from Wednesday before the first Test in Brisbane's Gabba from November 23.