Cricket Australia has decided to use Dukes balls in the second part of the 2016-17 Sheffield Shield season in order to prepare the players for the 2019 Ashes series which will be played in the United Kingdom.
Many reasons were put forward to explain Australia’s Ashes defeat: poor selection, but one of the more interesting theories was that not enough of the best Australian cricketers are playing in English county cricket.
If you cast your mind back to the start of the Test match summer, the impending arrival of two of the best sides in the world in New Zealand and Australia caused serious angst and worry among the English cricketing public. Read the 2015 Ashes Review by Rob Johnston.
England's Director of Cricket Andrew Strauss has maintained that senior batsman Ian Bell will continue to be a part of the national team's future plans until the Warwickshire man decides to call it quits.