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Ashes highlights in your inbox With England having an intense fielding session at the WACA we caught a few of the best catches from Root, Carberry and Bell on camera and slowed them down so you can see in detail their movements as they go to catch the ball.
Ashes Highlights in your inbox – England preparation for the WACA Test began today with some intense fielding drills before moving to the nets. Take a look at a few of the fielding drills and some of the great catches from the likes of Root, Bell, Carberry, Cook and Anderson
England are well and truly up against it in Perth this week, where nothing but victory will do. Matt Prior says a lot of soul searching has gone on since Adelaide, and that he is 100% convinced England can get back in the series.
Andy Flower held firm in his belief that England can get themselves back into this Ashes series, but he is all too aware that a dramatic improvement with the bat is needed in Perth.
We knows she’s a brilliant wicketkeeper but check out Sarah Taylor fielding as England prepared for the Women’s Ashes at the National Cricket Performance Centre.
England Women’s captain Charlotte Edwards says her squad will travel to Australia in a confident mood ahead of the Women’s Ashes. Edwards masterminded a 12-4 Ashes victory last summer but the skipper expects a tougher test when the team do battle again Down Under.
Lancashire star Jos Buttler looks ahead to England Performance Programme’s match with Western Australia in Perth. The game is the squad’s second and final match in Australia.
A second heavy defeat and England are 2-0 down in this Ashes series. Captain Alastair Cook insists that there is still the fortitude and talent in the dressing room to come back, but concedes it will be his biggest challenge as Test captain. Cook was also candid in his assessment that he needed more runs and must "lead from the front."
A superb 87 from Joe Root helped take the Test into day five, but Root himself was frustrated not to see the day out at the crease. Joe also said he is relishing the intensity and the battle out in the middle, particularly with Australia’s in-form seamer Mitchell Johnson. England are six wickets down going into the final day, with Prior & Broad hoping to take the game to the wire.
Ian Bell was left high and dry on 72 not out as England collapsed to Mitchell Johnson in Adelaide. Johnson took 7-40 as England were dismissed for 172, and they now face a deficit of 530 with Australia still batting. For Bell though, he once again looked sublime at the cease, and he still maintains belief that England can turn their collective batting around in the second innings.
Heather Knight is confident she can play a full part in the Women’s Ashes after recovering from a nasty hamstring injury sustained last summer. The England team have been training at the National Cricket Performance Centre ahead of their tour to Australia.
It has been a tough Test debut for Ben Stokes, with Australia so far dominating with the bat. On a personal level though, he has impressed with the ball and had the delight of taking his first Test wickets – despite initially having one ruled out for a no-ball. England now have it all to do with the bat if they are to stay in the Test match.
England have been hurting this past week after the defeat in Brisbane, and Alastair Cook knows it will be just as tough in Adelaide. However, he is backing his team to come back strongly and show the Australians just what they’re made of. With Bresnan fit and ready to go, England will have experience to call upon should they need it.
Julie Letts and her husband Dave are jetting off to the Adelaide Ashes Test after winning the top prize in our TwelfthMan Big Cricket Giveaway. The couple will fly to Adelaide, stay in a top hotel and see all five days of the second Ashes Test after being randomly drawn from our TwelfthMan database. Lucky pair!