ASHES CALL IS SET IN STONE

CRICKET Malan gets nod too

Daily Star - - Star Sport - By ROD­NEY WHITE 1 2 3 4

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TREVOR BAYLISS has hinted Eng­land new boys Mark Stone­man and Dawid Malan have nailed down their spots for the Ashes.

Stone­man and Malan hit half-cen­turies in the shock sec­ond Test de­feat by the West Indies on Tuesday.

Opener Stone­man and mid­dle-or­der bats­man Malan both made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions de­spite the five-wicket loss at Head­in­g­ley.

And it seems the bats­men have now done enough to book their seats on the flight to Aus­tralia this win­ter.

Eng­land coach Bayliss said: “Mark looks like a tough type of player to me. He looks like he’s ready for a scrap the whole time but, when the bad ball comes along, he is able to put it away. “Dawid has a cou­ple of 60s now. He looked a bit ner­vous in that first one but he was start­ing to look more com­fort­able in this Test match.

“More than any­thing they started to look com­fort­able at the crease, if that’s pos­si­ble in a Test match.

“We hope that they will be okay but this last Test match will be an­other op­por­tu­nity for them to re­ally nail it down.” Eng­land yes­ter­day named an un­changed 13-man squad for the se­ries de­cider at Lord’s on Septem­ber 7.

Tom West­ley, who av­er­ages just 20 in four Tests, is less cer­tain of his place but has been handed a fi­nal chance to stake a claim for an Ashes berth.

With next week now tak­ing on much greater sig­nif­i­cance, the plan to give leg spin­ner Ma­son Crane a de­but is likely to be shelved.

Eng­land are also search­ing for a new bowl­ing coach af­ter Ot­tis Gib­son, 48, was yes­ter­day con­firmed as the new coach of South Africa.

But for­mer Aus­tralia pace­men Ja­son Gille­spie, who came close to se­cur­ing the top job in 2015, will not be ap­ply­ing for the role.

Bayliss added: “Ot­tis has played a vi­tal role in our progress over the past few years.” AUS­TRALIA crashed to a shock 20-run de­feat against Bangladesh in Mirpur yes­ter­day, their first Test match loss to the Tigers. 8 x3x6x9x1x6x • 10 built in mo­tors with 4 sep­a­rate massage zones • 5 dif­fer­ent massage modes • Built in heat ther­apy to soothe aching mus­cles • Folds away for easy stor­age when not in use

OZ BOUND: Mark Stone­man and (In­set) Dawid Malan look set to go to Aus­tralia ®

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