England branded 'vulnerable' without Ben Stokes despite victory over Cricket Australia XI – Mirror.co.uk

England enjoyed that winning feeling in Adelaide, but were branded ‘vulnerable’ in an Ashes report card to Aussie head coach Darren Lehmann.

Lehmann briefly popped into his old stomping ground at the Adelaide Oval on a scouting mission before the series starts, but when he gets a full debrief in Brisbane from Ryan Harris, he’ll be told there is nothing to worry about where England’s batting is concerned.

“I think their batting is vulnerable, absolutely, especially with no Stokes at six or seven,” said Harris, coach of the Cricket Australia XI. “But it depends on how the boys bowl at them.


Harris doesn’t think much of the England attack

Ben Stokes remains absent

“We’ve got some good intel and knowledge on what we want to do and I’ll pass that on to our bowlers. I’ll take as much back to the guys in Brisbane next week as I can.

“I think Alastair Cook looked a bit rusty. He’s had a good county season but it’s different in our conditions.”

Good news for Australia’s head coach

England still managed to triumph by 192 runs in the day/night game and will move on to Townsville to play the same opposition in what they hope will be conditions more similar to the Gabba.

And Craig Overton who took 3-15 looks a red hot favourite to make his Test debut in Brisbane with Jake Ball struggling with a sprained ankle.

“I think I’m ready for Test cricket,” said Overton. “It’s just making sure I bowl the best I can when I get a chance and hopefully that will be good enough.

“I’m confident it will be so it’s just a case of taking my chance when it comes.”

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