June 22, 2015
The ECB have named 14 players to take part in a pre-ashes tour to Spain. With the Ashes less than 3 weeks away Trevor Bayliss ,England’s newly appointed head coach, will be hoping to get to know his team in a four-day training camp which begins on the 27th of June.
Bayliss becomes the first Australian to coach England. He has plenty of experience at international level coaching Sri Lanka from 2007-2011, he took temporary charge of the Australian T20 side in South Africa 2014 and has had stints in the IPL for Kolkata Knightriders.
Director of England cricket, Andrew Strauss said, “Trevor, Alastair and I felt it important that both players and management likely to be involved in the early stages of the Investec Ashes have chance to meet him and fully understand his approach.”
On the other side of the coin Daryl Lehmann and his side arrived in London three weeks ahead of the opening test match of the summer.
The Tourists landed at Gatwick Airport in a good spirits as they hope to regain the little urn after a thumping 2-0 Test series victory over the West Indies. Let’s not forget they drew with England just two months ago.
Lehmann admitted on Tuesday that he was facing a ‘massive headache’ when it comes to team selection concerning his pace bowlers for the First Test in Cardiff on the 8th July.
The pace men had a very successful series in the West Indies ripping the hosts batting cards apart with Josh Hazelwood named man of the series for his haul of 12 wickets in two matches.
England’s 14-man training squad in full: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Mark Footitt, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood.
Australian Ashes squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Steve Smith (vice-captain), Fawad Ahmed, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, David Warner, Shane Watson.