Australia v England one-day series: Why tourists are favourites


It would be a great feat for Livingstone, and his head coach at Lancashire, Glen Chapple - who picked him as captain for the Red Rose next season - told "It is fantastic news that Liam has been named in the England Test squad for the series against New Zealand".

England rebranded their limited-overs game dramatically since they were last one these shores, the abject 2015 World Cup campaign which exposed some outdated ideas and became a watershed moment for the team.

While the likes of Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes all head into Sunday's first one-day worldwide in Melbourne bearing the bruises of the Test reverse, others are bringing a fresh dynamic.

Opener Mark Stoneman and off-spinning allrounder Moeen Ali are also under pressure after struggling against a rampant Australia in a 4-0 series hammering.

Livingstone believes that for him and also Ben Foakes and Mason Crane, who have also been included in England's squad for New Zealand, the chance to play four-day cricket against West Indies A will represent ideal preparation for the tour.

"(I want) to prove to everyone that when I'm on I can add something different and I can do it for a long period of time and be consistent.

Had Bayliss not been brought in with the 2019 World Cup so strongly in mind, with that marquee competition being played on English soil, a witch-hunt might already have burned him at the stake.

The ECB, however, finds itself in a hard position, for to remove Bayliss now would be to risk so much of the good work that he has done in the white-ball formats.

"They are a seriously talented bunch and he lets them go out and play". However, it will be a revisit to the five Ashes Test venues.

"It will be a different prospect playing Test cricket in England in the summer again".

Hales is free to play again after being cleared over his involvement in the Stokes incident. "I don't know why this is news".

The 27-year-old took a full part in England's net session, which took place indoors due to a downpour at the MCG, and emerged in rude health.

Indeed, with head coach Trevor Bayliss set to leave when his contract expires next September, Morgan offered tentative support for the return of a split backroom team - with one man in charge of Test cricket and another overseeing the white-ball unit.

The pace trio of Starc, Cummins and Hazlewood, who took 66 wickets between them in the Ashes, are likely to provide England's sternest test.

For Bayliss's sake - and that of the European Central Bank - one must hope that they do.