Root fit to play in ODI series opener against Australia

Liam Livingstone is one of the beneficiaries of England's disastrous Ashes campaign

Liam Livingstone is one of the beneficiaries of England's disastrous Ashes campaign

The Lions training camp also gave Livingstone a close-up view of Ashes cricket in Australia - including attending the first day of the first Test at the 'Gabba. I could have tried to play T20 cricket around the world, but I still don't see that as the strongest part of my game.

The Ashes is done and dusted but the rivalry between traditional foes Australia and England resumes in the 50-over format in a battle expected to be far more exciting and closely fought than the disappointingly lop-sided Test series.

He said: "I'd like to prove a point to everyone, to my team-mates and the media, that I can be that X-factor bowler they want".

"Obviously the England team have had a tough Ashes, everyone knows that". He has been named in the T20 squad for the tri-series with Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Test series against the latter which takes place in March.

"Joe should be fit to play", Morgan said.

However, Kevin Pietersen had other plans and chose to put up a fight against the formidable Australian bowling attack.

"This time next year we need to be in a good enough space to be contenders for the World Cup", said the Dubliner on the eve of the five-match series".

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

The year 2019 was always the natural point to break with him in any event, given the significance of his white-ball remit, while the man himself does not believe in staying anywhere beyond a four or five-year period, arguing that a coach's voice might otherwise grow stale.

Bayliss, however, deserves credit for what he has achieved, with England's one-day side unrecognisable from the ragtag outfit that so disappointed at the 2015 World Cup in Australasia.

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.

"England have got the right individuals in the side - they've got the right ethos and coaches behind it to allow the players to play with freedom", said Taylor, who played under Bayliss before he was forced to retire with a heart condition in 2016.

Maxwell, who averages 32 with the bat and nearly 39 with the ball, was again overlooked for 34-year-old Cameron White when Chris Lynn was forced out through injury.

"Even though it was a full-strength England team, I still felt pretty confident out there and was able to back my skills".

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