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'Sloppy' England must learn lessons before Ashes opener

'Sloppy' England must learn lessons before Ashes opener”

England will be aiming to defend the Ashes when the five-test series starts November 23 at the Gabba in Brisbane, but Root's squad is conscious that the English were swept 5-0 on their last tour to Australia and are expected to be without star allrounder Ben Stokes.

His latest cheap dismissal came on a disappointing first day as the countdown to the Ashes begins.

"Some of the dismissals we had were on the sloppy side", Stoneman said.

"He has got a couple of decent balls early up front. that is the nature of opening the batting", Stoneman said of his opening partner. His record speaks for itself'.

"Everyone got a bit of time in the middle, so that was encouraging - but we also need to be scoring hundreds, and big hundreds".

Opening batsman Stoneman (61) was one of three England batsmen to make half centuries alongside Dawid Malan (63) and captain Joe Root (58).

The tourists' bowling stocks were already depleted by the absence in Australia of Ben Stokes, suspended after his late-night altercation in Bristol in September, and the injured Toby Roland-Jones and Mark Wood. "So there are lessons to be learned from today".

'Obviously there's been a progression from the opposition we faced in Perth.

Rookie leg-spinner Daniel Fallins had a first-class debut to remember with four wickets.

England also lost three wickets for just seven runs in the final four overs under the lights to change the complexion of a day which had previously looked destined to finish with the balance of power in their favour.



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