Bayliss ponders his options

10 September 2017 18:59:52 GMTPlus10

England coach Trevor Bayliss has hinted that there will not be many surprises in the squad for this winter's tour of Australia.

Joe Root's side have won their series against South Africa and the West Indies this summer, but aside from the England captain and Alastair Cook, doubts remain about the top order.

Opener Mark Stoneman, number three Tom Westley and number five Dawid Malan have all struggled at times this summer and it is unclear whether they will be involved Down Under.

"I can't see us going outside of the people that have played in the last 12 to 18 months," said Bayliss. "There are two or three positions that will probably take more time than the others to decide on, but I'm sure it will come from that group.

"The young guys that have come in this summer have done it in tough conditions for batting. South Africa was a top-line bowling attack on difficult wickets and I thought West Indies bowled extremely well also."

Haseeb Hameed, Keaton Jennings, Gary Ballance and Alex Hales have also all played for England since the start of 2016.

England are expected to name their Ashes squad at the end of September.

England areĀ 5/2 to win the Ashes series outright while an Australian victory is available at 4/7.

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