Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Liam Livingstone confident he will do himself justice in Test cricket

Liam Livingstone confident he will do himself justice in Test cricket

For England, the baton has been handed over to ODI skipper Eoin Morgan and the recognisable absentee from the group is Ben Stokes.

As such, the European Central Bank will be praying desperately not only for a competitive showing in the upcoming five ODIs against Australia, but also that Test results improve when the circus moves on to New Zealand.

In that game at Bristol, Australia chose to bat first and the reigning world champions were soon in their stride as Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden smashed the England bowlers all around the park.

After surrendering the urn in a 4-0 series defeat, the tourists are hoping for a measure of revenge in the five-match Gillette series.

BBC Sport looks at why England can be considered favourites to win the series less than two years on from their miserable World Cup showing.

"Obviously the England team have had a tough Ashes, everyone knows that".

Ballance did not feature in the series, Ball featured only in the first test and Curran was a late addition to the squad before turning out in Melbourne and Sydney.

Morgan is not expected to make a decision on a potential return for Alex Hales until the day of the first ODI in Melbourne on Sunday.

"The Twenty20 was a good experience for me, but my red-ball game is totally different", Livingstone said.

England's batsmen have made 28 centuries since the World Cup, compared to Australia's 21, although David Warner is the leading centurion on either side with 10, while Joe Root leads England with six.

He said: "It's something I haven't coped well with in the past when I've not been quite 100 per cent".

But there is already disquiet in some quarters that with so much emphasis on how best to prepare for the next Ashes series in Australia in 2021, two years of planning will effectively be put in place by a coach who will not be there to see the job through, and whose successor might have different ideas anyway.

Eoin Morgan has defended his head coach, Trevor Bayliss, before England's ODI series against Australia.

Bayliss has said since the Ashes that he will stand down when his contract expires in September 2019.

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. "I'm just looking forward to getting in amongst it".

"That's between me and Glenn", Smith said.

Smith confirmed Josh Hazlewood will be rested but was tightlipped on who would replace him from uncapped West Australian quicks Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye.

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