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Garton called up as England crisis deepens

Garton called up as England crisis deepens

"This is the first time I've seen him up close over a long period of overs".

Trevor Bayliss admits England's habit of batting collapses remains a "concern" as the Ashes loom ever nearer.

England's preparation for the Ashes series has been hit by a number of injuries and Bayliss has called on the experienced members of his squad to step up and score centuries.

England rolled the CA XI for 75 to wrap up an emphatic 192-run victory in the four-day warm-up game in Adelaide on Saturday. Thirty years ago, Mike Gatting's outfit took the traditional English, which is to say slightly shambolic, road to Brisbane. It was attritional at times but that's the game we had to play. "You've got Alastair Cook, too, who knows these conditions pretty well so if you take the best two out it's always going to hard".

James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes appear to be England s front-line pace attack heading into the series but Ball and Craig Overton are pressing their claims.

The 23-year-old looks nearly certain to play in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba given Jake Ball, his rival for the fourth seamer's position in the team, is now nursing an ankle injury that looks likely to see him miss the Townsville match.

Australian batter Ellyse Perry produced the highlight moment of the fixture with a record-breaking 213 not out - the highest score by an Australian woman in Tests. Hopefully that is good enough and I feel confident it is good enough.

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.

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