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Eoin Morgan defends Trevor Bayliss before one-day series against Australia

Eoin Morgan defends Trevor Bayliss before one-day series against Australia

But even as a batsman renowned for his hard-hitting and occasionally extravagant batting, Livingstone believes he is better-suited to the red-ball game - and reflecting on his selection at a crisp and cold Emirates Old Trafford today, the 24-year-old left no doubt about his desire to play Test cricket. He's a very versatile player and can score in any strike-rate that needs to be required, given the situation. He has been a fantastic leader within the group and, on top of that, there's the weight of runs he has scored and the manner that he's scored them.

That may lead to Hales slotting in at number three, with Sam Billings vulnerable to any such switch.

He said, "A lot of our guys didn't play in the Ashes, so we're full of energy and full of beans".

The Lions training camp also gave Livingstone a close-up view of Ashes cricket in Australia - including attending the first day of the first Test at the 'Gabba.

In that game at Bristol, Australia chose to bat first and the reigning world champions were soon in their stride as Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden smashed the England bowlers all around the park.

"That tournament had quite a significant role for us, really", he said.

BBC Sport looks at why England can be considered favourites to win the series less than two years on from their miserable World Cup showing. To bridge the gap between where we were at in that World Cup and, say, being in the semi-final or the final was the first port of the call and bridging that gap came quicker that we ever thought it would.




"We certainly thrived on that".

Plunkett is one of many fresh faces in the England squad for the ODI series, but he admitted that in order to beat Australia on home soil, he and his teammates will have to get it their all.

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 flawless preparation for the tour.

Those qualities are not the only pre-requisites for success in Test cricket, of course, but Bayliss - along with assistant coach Paul Farbrace and captain Eoin Morgan - have turned England into a formidable white-ball unit. "I expect England to win the series 3-2", said Taylor, who will be part of the Test Match Special commentary team.

"Cricket is going to change even more in the next 10 years than it has in the previous 10 years".

"England have got the right individuals in the side - they've got the right ethos and coaches behind it to allow the players to play with freedom", said Taylor, who played under Bayliss before he was forced to retire with a heart condition in 2016. "So I'm open to it".


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