Bairstow and Bayliss

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By Matthew Henry

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  1. Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent

    I wonder if Paine would have bowled first if the Ashes were on the line.

  2. Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent

    It’s very muggy and there’s thick cloud so it may well be that the ball nips around today.

  3. Post update

    Jason Roy may have gone but England’s batting line-up doesn’t look any more solid. Ben Stokes at four, Jonny Bairstow at five, Buttler at six? Hmmm.

    Anyway, hopefully they’re for later. Here come openers Rory Burns and Joe Denly.

  4. Post update

    Alec Stewart

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Jason Roy has been exposed, but he won’t come up against many better bowling attacks than Australia’s. It’s up to him as an individual now. I believe people should be given the chance to go away, work on their game and come back as a better player. If anybody wants to learn how to turn yourself into a Test match player, I wouldn’t look further than Rory Burns.

  5. Post update

    Isa Guha

    Ex-England women’s bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    England have a chance to prove they can bat in these conditions this morning. They will want to show they are up for the battle with Australia.

  6. Post update

    But then bowlers are bowled into the ground and are then shattered by the time they play for England.

    Central contracts have been good on the whole, I’d say.


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    Email Message: At the moment, does it really matter what our batting
    order is, as within the first hour all of our top five have usually had a go
    and are sitting down again?

    The present system of putting players on central
    contracts means players on them could go the whole summer playing just one or
    two games, while players playing for their county and in form rarely get a
    look in.

    Is it time to ditch this system and allow players to play
    more for their county and then the selectors can choose more players in form?

    from Rob in Coventry

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