Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Women's Ashes: England holds on for draw against Australia

Women's Ashes: England holds on for draw against Australia

Ball is not expected to recover in time for the Townsville fixture, so even if he is fit for the first Test starting in Brisbane on 23 November, England would be taking a high risk to pick him after bowling only 15.2 overs on this tour.

Sussex left-arm seamer, George Garton, will join the England squad in Australia having been called up for the side's final warm-up match before the Ashes series gets underway.

CA XI coach Ryan Harris described Cook as looking rusty and Bayliss couldn't disagree.

Australia won two of the three one-day internationals leading up to the day-night pink ball test match, and leads the series 6-4 with three Twenty20 internationals remaining.

'It would be great if we could have some hundreds, that's for sure, ' Bayliss said, while also citing the more positive angle that those who set out for Australia with most questions to answer have so far made most of the runs. We have still got some improvement in us and a way to go for that first Test'.

"I thought we got our lengths a lot better in this game", Bayliss said.

'It's been a concern for us for a little while, ' said the Australian.

"We have got a reasonably inexperienced line-up when it comes to worldwide cricket but they are learning all the time".

'It's not for want of trying.

England lost their last five first-innings wickets for 22 runs and then seven for 45 - including four for three - at their second attempt.

They travel to Townsville for another four-day game against the CA XI starting on Wednesday with a fresh injury problem.

Garton has been added to the squad for that fixture following the ankle injury sustained by fellow seamer, Jake Ball, in England's current warm-up match at the Adelaide Oval.

"There could be a possibility he would be right for the next game, but we will probably let him go there and make sure he is right for selection for the first Test", Bayliss told reporters in Townsville.

"He is fairly confident. he has got a (protective) boot on at the moment but that is more precautionary", he said.

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