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England 'content, relaxed, excited' ahead of Ashes - Bairstow

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 00:59

Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow says that England are 'content, relaxed, excited' for the start of the first Ashes test on Thursday in Brisbane

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SHOWS: BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA (NOVEMBER 19, 2017) (NINE NETWORK - Broadcasters: NO ACCESS AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND / PAPUA NEW GUINEA Digital: NO ACCESS AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, PAPUA NEW GUINEA-BASED INTERNET SITES, MOBILE PLATFORMS OR SITES OF MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS BASED IN THOSE COUNTRIES, NVO CLIENTS/ SMH.COM.AU/NEWS.COM.AU) 1. SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND WICKETKEEPER JONNY BAIRSTOW, SAYING: "If you can't get up for an Ashes series, if you can't get up for England-Australia, what can you get up for? The motivation is already there. Whether Ben [Stokes] is here, whether he comes, or the eleven guys that come out and play at the Gabba this week, there will still be the same amount of motivation there." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND WICKETKEEPER JONNY BAIRSTOW, SAYING: "Content, relaxed, excited - I think they are the three things that really stand out. I think the guys have got the experience of winning here as well. You've got a great mix of it to be honest with you. You've got guys who have been down here on a few tours now, been on the wrong end of it but also been on the right end of it and that mixed with guys that had a touch of experience last time - whether that be for one or two Test matches - and also guys who haven't been here before. There's a really good mix within the group and as I say it's an excitement within it as well." STORY: England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow said the tourists were "content, relaxed, excited" as they arrived in Brisbane on Sunday (November 19) ahead of this week's opening Ashes test. Bairstow, a veteran of the 2013-14 tour when England were whitewashed 5-0, said he would welcome the return of suspended all-rounder Ben Stokes but was confident the squad would do England proud at the Gabba regardless. Vice captain Stokes has been suspended since being arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm outside a Bristol nightclub in September. Police are expected to decide this week whether Stokes will be charged for the incident. The first test starts at the Gabba on Thursday (November 23).

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England 'content, relaxed, excited' ahead of Ashes - Bairstow

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 00:59