South Africa vs England: Series victory in South Africa a template to follow for Ashes next year, says skipper Joe Root
After failing to prise back the Ashes last year, when England drew 2-2 in the five Test series at home, Root said the win in South Africa provided a timely boost.
After repeated rejections and setbacks, Matthew Wade made his chance count with a ton in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston. His comeback was built on old-fashioned grit and a single-minded determination to play Test cricket for Australia.
Test captain Tim Paine confirmed that Steve Waugh -– the last Australian skipper to win the Ashes in England in 2001 -- would be with the team for the six-week campaign.
Ashes 2017-18, Day 2: Late resistance, early incisions, 10 wickets make for fascinating day at The Gabba
The opening two days suggest England’s bowling is better than we suspected and the Australian batting is worse than we thought.
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Ashes 2017: Australia include Cameron Bancroft, but Tim Paine, Shaun Marsh's recall reveals their limited bench strength
Paine's rather average first-class record and lack of match time may go against him, while Marsh does not have the numbers to warrant a place in the Australian side.
Ashes 2017-18: England must find a way to silence partisan crowd, says former off-spinner Graeme Swann
England are the current Ashes holders but go into the lion's den on the back of two 5-0 whitewashes in their past three tours Down Under, although Swann was a key part of the side that won 3-1 in 2010-11.
In a rare move, the Ashes Cricket 2013 game has been cancelled, after it had already been released.