Trevor Bayliss will get down to business in plotting Australia’s Ashes downfall next week not in the nets but with a four-day bonding camp in Spain.
England’s new coach hasn’t met most of his 14-man squad that will be aiming to reclaim the urn and the Australian – along with captain Alastair Cook and director of cricket Andrew Strauss – decided to go abroad to adjust.
The camp from June 27 means England will arrive back in the UK only a week out from the start of the first Test in Cardiff.
Michael Clarke’s team – who landed in London from the Caribbean on Wednesday – will acclimatise to English conditions with warm-up games against county sides Kent and Essex.
Uncapped Derbyshire left-arm paceman Mark Footitt has been included in England’s 14-man squad for the Spanish camp.
Footitt apart, the squad led by Cook is made up of players who have all featured at some stage during New Zealand’s tour of England. – AAP-AFP
WARNE BACKS HARRIS OVER HAZLEWOOD
Australian great, and chief tormentor of England batsmen throughout his career, Shane Warne says Ryan Harris should be in the XI for the first Ashes Test at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
Warne, who took an amazing 195 Test wickets at an average of 23.25 with best figures of 8-71 against the old enemy, believes a fit Harris should take the place of Josh Hazlewood in the Australian side.
Warne, who was a guest at a golf day at Sandhurst in Melbourne, praised Harris as one of Australia’s greats.
‘Ryan Harris will definitely come in,’ Warne said.
‘Hazlewood has bowled beautifully and is a perfect new-ball bowler for English conditions but, for me, Ryan Harris is one of the greatest fast bowlers Australia have had.
‘England have got a few budgies against Mitchell Johnson and [Mitchell] Starc is probably the best fast bowler in the world, so Hazlewood might be unlucky to miss out.’ – APP