Published: Thu, January 18, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Ashes, 4th Test: Tom Curran to make England Test debut

Ashes, 4th Test: Tom Curran to make England Test debut

Trailing 3-0 and facing a whitewash in his maiden Ashes series, Root has had plenty to deal with on and off the field. "He knows that, the staff know that and I'm sure they'll work it out". He hasn't played since this game a year ago and he's been on a few tours", Smith told reporters on Monday."He's bowled exceptionally well in the first couple of Shield games that he played (this season).

"For the balance of the team, I think Tom was the best option. For sure, I have my own way of doing things", Root said.

"I think that whether you're batting or bowling or fielding you have to be aggressive.

But it looks a pretty flat wicket", he said on the eve of the fourth Ashes Test match. "You do feel that extra responsibility I guess, but I've played quite a few tests without Mitch now".

'The way he answered a lot of the questions after the game last week seemed nearly like a little boy, ' Ponting told BBC Sport. "We haven't performed well enough and we'll try to put that right at the MCG". Not only inside the dressing room but outside it as well.

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Likewise, Moeen Ali is woefully out of form (averaging just 19 with the bat and over 100 with the ball) and with his lack of runs down the order the Poms may chance uncapped leggie Mason Crane.

Some excellent bowling resulted in England all out for 403 and the Australian's had their tails back up.

Clearly that Perth Test has the potential to be a landmark occasion for Malan.

"So I think commonsense prevailed there, Jacko's ready to go and he's bowling really well, so excited for him to have a go". He's always in the contest.

England's bowlers, particularly James Anderson and Stuart Broad, have struggled on the tour, with pitches and conditions rarely offering them the swing and seam movement they extract at home.

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Anderson has been England's top wicket-taker with 12 at 25.83 but hasn't been able to consistently strike at key times.

"Following the Flinders Street incident in Melbourne, all players and management have been accounted for and are safe", an European Central Bank statement said.

"We don't really need much in the wicket to take those last six wickets". "You can make the game of cricket a lot safer by playing with a tennis ball, but that's not how Test cricket has been played and it would obviously be a very different game". So without doubt in these next two games it's a case of, in our eyes, a two-Test series now and that's exactly how we've got to look at it.

"Hopefully this gets them up and going and they fire some barbs at us".

Australia squad: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (captain), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird.

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