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Mitchell Johnson had Matt Prior caught behind

The Ashes 2017-18

Prior rubbishes Lyon's 'scared' claim

Nathan Lyon has suggested Matt Prior "wanted to fly home" during the 2013-14 Ashes because he was intimidated by Mitchell Johnson

Chris Woakes broke through CA XI's top order with quick wickets

The Ashes 2017-18

What England must do to win the Ashes

Tiring out Australia's quicks, making the Kookaburra ball move and holding their chances will be vital if England are to retain the Ashes

Trevor Bayliss leads a fielding drill

Cricket Australia XI v England XI, Tour match, Townsville, 4th day

Bayliss voices concern about substandard preparation

Trevor Bayliss has called on CA and the ECB to "get together" to ensure a better standard of preparation for both teams on Ashes tours

Jake Ball has recovered from his ankle injury

Cricket Australia XI v England XI, Tour match, Townsville, 4th day

'We are not here to make up the numbers' - Bayliss

Trevor Bayliss has provided the clearest hint yet that Jake Ball has earned the final spot in England's XI for the Brisbane Test

Jason Sangha celebrates his century

Cricket Australia XI v England XI, Tour match, Townsville, 4th day

England endure worrying toil as Sangha shows his promise

England almost went wicketless on their final day of action before the first Ashes Test as Jason Sangha and Matthew Short hit maiden centuries

Jake Ball injured himself while bowling

Cricket Australia XI v England XI, Tour match, Townsville, 3rd day

Jake Ball 'a great chance' to play in Brisbane

It appeared Jake Ball's chances of playing the first Test had disappeared when he rolled his ankle in Adelaide, but he could still pip Craig Overton to the final bowling slot