ASHES CALL IS SET IN STONE
CRICKET Malan gets nod too
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 ®