Here's why England & Australia players are wearing a poppy on their jersey

Lynette Rowe
November 13, 2017

McGrath took care of Winfield with a swerving yorker to pin her LBW, but ten overs earlier it was Wellington who provided the real highlight of the day with her interpretation of Shane Warne's "Ball of the Century".

England's seamers fine-tuned their skills ahead of the first Ashes Test by handing the tourists a 192-run win over a Cricket Australia XI in a four-day day-night tour game at the Adelaide Oval here on Saturday.

Ball is also unlikely to play in England's next practice match, casting doubt on his availability for the opening Test, starting in Brisbane on November 23.

"At least he will be available for the first Test".

"He should be right in that 7-10 day time frame, he s fairly confident".

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"We've been known to target the captain and Joe Root is genuinely their best player", he said. "In Perth (against a Western Australian XI) we bowled a lot of half volleys and a lot of long hops. We will certainly have to do that during the Test series".

"Whether there's potential to leave a little bit more grass on it (the pitch) that would make it easier to take 20 wickets, which is what you want for good Test match cricket".

England's four-man pace attack in the last warm up game - with Moeen Ali now bowling his offspin again in the nets after his side-strain - is set to be Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Craig Overton and Tom Curran, who flew out to replace Steven Finn. This saw him miss both matches but Bayliss had said he was on track for a return to action. "He is consistent with that length, which you need at the top level". Thirty years ago, Mike Gatting's outfit took the traditional English, which is to say slightly shambolic, road to Brisbane.

Cook began his tour with a second-ball duck against a WA XI and made only 15 in the first innings in Adelaide.

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