England Ashes XI 2019: Alastair Cook in but no place for Stuart Broad

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The countdown is already on until the next Ashes series, which will take place in England in 2019.

Until then, Australia will hold the famous urn after thumping the Three Lions Down Under.

In the aftermath of the 4-0 series drubbing, England hierarchy have been accused of a lack of planning and preparation.

As such, there is plenty of work to do for Joe Root’s side ahead of five Test matches on home soil against the old enemy in 18 months’ time.

Here, we predict which XI England might go with when they try and win back the 11 cm high urn. As the saying goes, you’re always a better player when you’re out of the team and at this stage it’s easy to speculate – but there’s no doubt changes need to be considered.

OPENERS

Alastair Cook: England’s all-time leading Test run-scorer had a nightmare series, his epic Melbourne innings aside, but the left-hander is a stubborn character and won’t want to bow out on an Ashes loss. He is still the best player available to open the batting and England shouldn’t wish away a modern-day great. A victory against the old enemy in 2019 would be a perfect way to end it all.

Haseeb Hameed: Touted as ‘Baby Boycott’, Hameed’s form has deteriorated massively since making his debut in India and he endured a torrid second season with Lancashire. However, he is highly thought of among England management and will still be only 22 when the series starts. He is likely to be given another go this year at the top, potentially ahead of Mark Stoneman, and really needs to grab the opportunity with both hands.

TO BAT AT THREE

Joe Root: The captain make have to be bumped up the batting order to three, but as the best player in the side, it’s where he should bat. Root will work out a way to solve his 50s to 100 conversion problem and will only grow into the captaincy role. Showed plenty Down Under to suggest he is the right man, still, to lead England forward for years to come.

NUMBER FOUR

Dawid Malan: One of the few Englishman whose stock rose in Australia. An epic hundred at the WACA, combined with lots of grit, determination and the ability to change his game up and get his feet moving to counteract the pace attack he faced all underlined his talent. If he continues this kind of form then he should get parachuted up the order and enjoy a long run in the side despite coming late to the international party.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 10: Jack Leach of England celebrates after taking the wicket of Will Bosisto of the Cricket Australia CA XI during the Two Day tour match between the Cricket Australia CA XI and England at Richardson Park on December 10, 2017 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

Ben Foakes (left) and Jack Leach (right) are two players in the frame.

MIDDLE-ORDER

Jonny Bairstow: Averaged 34 in the series and showed his quality with a beautiful ton in Perth – and will be a key man – possibly the next vice-captain – for England. Bairstow was impressive behind the stumps but England might well be tempted to use him as just a specialist batter and promote Ben Foakes to keeping duties, in a move which could really help JB to develop further as a batsman and score big.

Ben Stokes: He simply has to be in this eleven. Despite all what has gone on over the past few months, providing he is able to get back to what he does best – playing cricket – then Stokes should still hold the mantle as the world’s premier all-rounder. Plays a huge role with bat and bowl, being England’s fourth seamer, and is an outstanding fielder, too. Who wouldn’t want him in their side?

Ben Foakes: Heralded as the best gloveman in the world by no less an authority than Alec Stewart, his director of cricket at Surrey, Foakes will be 26 by the time the Ashes rolls around again and may well have a few England appearances to his name by then. More than handy with the bat and has already shown his credentials on Lions duty. By standing behind the stumps, he would be a safe pair of hands and ease the pressure on Bairstow.

LOWER MIDDLE-ORDER

Craig Overton: While express pace is an issue throughout the whole bowling attack (and probably will be for years to come), Overton still has time on his side to develop and he impressed with his gutsiness in the heat of Ashes battle, despite a cracked rib ending his series prematurely. Definitely has a big future for England.

Tom Curran: Showed enough signs Down Under that he can develop into a fine quick, with his pace and power through the crease. Curran will only benefit from the experience and should get more opportunities. He’s young but has an excellent temperament and maturity already.

TAIL-ENDERS

Jack Leach: England are crying out for a specialist spinner and urgently need to address that problem. The Somerset man is very much the next in line after shining in the County Championship for the past couple of seasons and re-correcting his illegal bowling action in-between the two summers. Needs to be given a chance, and if he grasps it, has a very good chance of cementing his place with doubts over Moeen Ali and Mason Crane still learning his trade.

James Anderson: The leader of the attack claimed 17 wickets at a shade under 28 from five Tests, proving he is still the best England have – even at the age of 35. Injury-permitting, I have no doubts that Anderson can carry on until the next Ashes and sign off on a high. He didn’t perform as well as he would liked throughout the five Tests but is still a fine exponent of home conditions. Again, England need to appreciate having an all-time great around while he is still at the top of his game.

KEY MEN TO MISS OUT:

Mark Stoneman: The Surrey opener averaged just over 25 from nine Ashes innings – simply not good enough at Test level. He didn’t seem to figure out a way of counteracting his short-ball woes and never really looked like going on to get a big score. Once again, England will need to make a change at the top.

James Vince: Comfortably one of the most pleasing batsmen on the eye, in fact, there are few better around in the elegance stakes. But, at 26 and having been given a few chances now, the Hampshire man’s time is likely to be up by 2019. His knocks in Brisbane and Perth were great to watch however he has failed to address his vulnerability outside off-stump and nicking behind. It’s a mental problem for Vince rather than technique.

Moeen Ali: One of the most likeable cricketers around, and a fine servant for England at that, but the batting all-rounder’s days as a Test star could be coming to an end. Moeen endured a shocker of a series with both ball and bat and England’s need for a spin specialist is urgent. Should still play an integral part in limited-overs cricket, though.

Chris Woakes: The man nicknamed the ‘wizard’ is a top-class cricketer and will be in and around limited-overs for sometime but his poor injury record means he can no longer be relied on fully as a Test bowler. His body seems to break down at the wrong time, went for plenty of runs in Australia and didn’t bowl as quickly as many would have hoped.

Stuart Broad: Another modern-day England hero, but the experienced paceman has had a difficult past 18 months or so. We haven’t seen his streaky bursts with the ball for a while and even though he is just one wicket away from 400, arguably his best days are behind him. I’d like to be proved wrong and how he performs in New Zealand as well as at home next summer will be key to how long he can keep running in hard for.

Mason Crane: Perhaps harsh to include him in this category as he still has a very bright future for England, but at just 20, has years on his side to develop and craft his art in first-class and limited-overs cricket, instead of the international arena.

OTHERS WHO MISS THE CUT:

Gary Ballance and Jake Ball

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 08: Stuart Broad; Alastair Cook and Jonny Bairstow of England look on during the presentation during day five of the Fifth Test match in the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 8, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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Ashes 2017-18: Timeline of England's nightmare tour

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It has been an Ashes to forget for England.

Australia put England to the sword during their Ashes tour – gaining an unassailable 3-0 lead in Perth and punishing them in Sydney to wind up 4-0 winners.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look back at a timeline of England’s forgettable campaign.

September 22: England suffer an injury blow before even announcing the Ashes squad when Middlesex paceman Toby Roland-Jones is ruled out with a stress fracture to his back.

September 26: It emerges all-rounder Ben Stokes had been arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and released under investigation without charge after an incident in Bristol following celebrations from the one-day international against West Indies. Batsman Alex Hales is also helping assist police with their enquiries.

September 27: Vice-captain Stokes is included in the Ashes squad, before news later emerges he suffered a minor fracture of a finger on his right hand during the incident in Bristol. Footage published on The Sun newspaper’s website appears to show Stokes throwing punches in a street fight.

September 28: The England and Wales cricket Board announces Stokes and Hales will not be considered for selection for England matches until further notice as investigations by Avon and Somerset Police continue.

Stokes is dropped from the Ashes squad and suspended indefinitely.

Stokes was dropped from the Ashes squad and suspended indefinitely.

September 29: Former glamour model Katie Price speaks out over a video which appears to show England all-rounder Stokes mocking her disabled son Harvey, while England captain Joe Root and bowler Stuart Broad decide not to join Jos Buttler on his weekend stag party in Amsterdam.

October 6: The ECB confirms Stokes will not travel to Australia with the rest of the Ashes squad, while Jonny Bairstow, Liam Plunkett and Jake Ball are given formal written warnings and fined for “unprofessional conduct” following an internal investigation into behaviour within the one-day squad. Seamer Steven Finn, meanwhile, is added to the Ashes touring squad.

October 29: Soon after England arrive Down Under, it emerges Bairstow greeted Australian opener Cameron Bancroft with a ‘bump headbutt’ when they met in a Perth bar.

November 3: The ECB confirms Moeen Ali and Finn will miss the first two warm-up matches because of injury.

November 7: Finn is subsequently ruled out of the Ashes after scans revealed a torn cartilage in his left knee. Uncapped Surrey seamer Tom Curran is called up.

Finn's Ashes tour is cut short without playing a match.

Finn’s Ashes tour was cut short without playing a match.

November 10: England draft in uncapped Lions seamer George Garton as cover for Ball, who has an ankle ligament strain.

November 27: Australia record an emphatic 10-wicket victory to claim the opening Ashes test in Brisbane. The ECB subsequently confirms Bairstow has been talked to over his late-night altercation with Bancroft, who described the introductory gesture as “‘really weird”, but without malice.

Bancroft played down the incident with Baistow after Australia's win at Brisbane

Bancroft played down the incident with Bairstow after Australia’s win at Brisbane.

November 28: Pictures emerge on social media of Stokes at Heathrow Airport, as the all-rounder prepares to travel to New Zealand to play for Canterbury Kings.

November 29: An Avon & Somerset Police statement reveals a decision has yet to be made over whether Stokes will face charges in a criminal investigation – a file is passed to the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision on charging over the Bristol incident, with a 27-year-old man suffering a fractured eye socket.

December 4: The ECB announces Hales is available for England selection again after he was no longer being treated as a suspect in relation to the incident in Bristol.

December 6: England lose the inaugural pink-ball Ashes Test in Adelaide by 120 runs, while Stokes and Hales are later provisionally included in the 16-man one-day squad.

The hosts recorded a comfortable victory in Adelaide.

The hosts recorded a comfortable victory in Adelaide.

December 9: England Lions opener Ben Duckett is provisionally suspended and faces a disciplinary hearing over an incident in a Perth bar, during which the 23-year-old poured a drink over James Anderson’s head. Coach Trevor Bayliss brands the latest saga “boys being boys… but totally unacceptable.”

December 10: Duckett, suspended from playing for the remainder of the England Lions training camp, is given a final written warning, but will not return home early.

Duckett is suspended for his antics at a Perth bar.

Duckett was suspended for his antics at a Perth bar.

December 18: England’s Ashes hopes are ended following defeat by an innings and 41 runs at the WACA.

December 19: Seamer Craig Overton admits he may not make the Boxing Day Test after suffering a hairline rib fracture.

December 24: Overton’s absence from the England team in Melbourne is confirmed as Tom Curran comes into the side.

Overton is ruled out of the Melbourne Test with his injury.

Overton was ruled out of the Melbourne Test with his injury.

December 30: England and Australia draw the Melbourne Test, as Alastair Cook scored an unbeaten 244 in the first innings – the first player to carry his bat in a Test match for 20 years.

January 4: Mason Crane makes his Test debut in Sydney – replacing the injured Chris Woakes.

January 8: Australia record emphatic victory by an innings and 123 runs to finish the Ashes series with a 4-0 margin.

Australia steamroll England in the final Test to record a 4-0 Ashes win.

Australia steamroll England in the final Test to record a 4-0 Ashes win.

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Captain Steve Smith holds aloft the Ashes urn.

Australia ruthlessly extinguished England's resistance to claim an innings victory in the fifth Ashes Test and complete a 4-0 series rout on the final day in Sydney on Monday.

The beleaguered tourists, with skipper Joe Root weakened by a stomach bug and unable to continue batting, dissolved after lunch, losing their last four wickets for their fourth comprehensive defeat of the series.

"It has been a great couple of months. The cricket that we have played in the last couple of months has been outstanding," Australia skipper Steve Smith said.

"We have just been able to get on top and win those key moments and not let them back in the game which is crucial." Pat Cummins led the Australian offensive in Sydney with four wickets for 39 to finish man-of-the-match and the leading wicket taker in the series with 23. "To get through the five Tests and end the series here at home. I couldn't asked for much more," said an ecstatic Cummins. England finished at 180 for nine off 88.1 overs as Australia won by an innings and 123 runs. It followed comprehensive losses on the troubled five-Test tour in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. The fourth Test was drawn in Melbourne. Stricken Root did not come out to bat after lunch as he continued to experience discomfort after his overnight stomach bug. "He is asleep. He has a gastro bug and he has not been too well through the night and the heat yesterday didn't help. He is asleep in the dressing-room trying to recover," said vice-captain Jimmy Anderson, deputising for Root at the post-match presentations. "To be honest we have been outplayed in the key moments of each game," he added. "We have been in the games to an extent but just not been able to capitalise on any opportunities. Australia have played great in this series." Cummins struck twice in three balls after lunch, trapping Jonny Bairstow leg before wicket for 38 and having Stuart Broad caught behind off a brutish bouncer for four. Mason Crane got another Cummins bouncer which he gloved to wicketkeeper Tim Paine for two and Anderson was caught behind off Josh Hazlewood for two to end the innings. Root went to hospital overnight with England Cricket initially saying he had "severe dehydration" after fielding and batting in intense heat on Sunday. But team officials corrected earlier statements and said Root was instead weakened by the effects of a gastroenteritis bug. He came out to bat on the dismissal of Moeen Ali for 13 an hour into the final day's play and reached his fifth half-century of the series, but was unable to convert any of them to a century. England's remote chances of saving the Test disappeared when Root failed to appear at the crease after lunch. Spinner Nathan Lyon claimed Moeen's wicket for the seventh time in the series when he trapped him leg before in the morning session, which Moeen did not review. Lyon took three wickets for 54 off 35 overs. The Australians took a grip on the final Test with a massive 303-run innings lead and then reduced the battle-weary tourists to 93 for four at the close on the fourth day. All five Tests went into the fifth day.

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