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England ready to take on Australia in the Ashes test

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 01:24

England insist Stokes is not a distraction as they head into the first Ashes teat

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SHOWS: BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA (NOVEMBER 21, 2017) (SEVEN NETWORK - Broadcasters: NO ACCESS AUSTRALIA Digital: NO ACCESS .COM.AU INTERNET SITES / ANY INTERNET SITE OF ANY AUSTRALIAN BASED MEDIA ORGANISATIONS OR MOBILE PLATFORMS / AUSTRALIAN NVO CLIENTS / SMH.COM.AU / NEWS.COM.AU) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND BATSMAN ALASTAIR COOK SAYING: "It certainly gets the emotions going. It's just coming into the ground today when you see the ground again and you know, it brings back some good memories, some bad memories. And just unsure what the week ahead is going to be like and it's what drives you on when you're doing all the training and the dark hours at Chelmsford or in the gym where it's pretty dull and boring. But then you get your moment here and you know, we've prepared well as a side and and we hope we can go out and play well." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND BATTING ALL-ROUNDER, MOOEN ALI, ASKED ABOUT BEN STOKES' SUSPENSION, SAYING: "It's not a distraction, we've got the players here and we are all focused on what we need to do. We are going into this series knowing that there's a good chance he probably won't be here at all so if he comes it will be a massive bonus for us. But we don't see it as a distraction whatsoever." 4. WHITE FLASH 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND BATTING ALL-ROUNDER, MOEEN ALI SAYING: "No, I think there's genuine confidence that we can win here. I would say, it is going to be tough for us but nothing these days, especially records, are there to be broken and things like that are there to change and hopefully we can do that. As a team, we've got guys who have batted well here before so it would be great to come away with a win over here obviously and get a good start to the series." STORY: Australia may have the home advantage but England are ready to take on the Aussies on Thursday (November 23) in the first Ashes test. Speaking to reporters in Brisbane, opening batsman Alastair Cook said the team had prepared well and hoped they would go out and play well, while team mate Moeen Ali said that England all rounder Ben Stokes, who has been made unavailable for selection by the England and Wales Cricket Board while his involvement in an altercation outside a Bristol nightclub in September is being investigated, was not a distraction. Ali added that there's genuine confidence that England can win at the Gabba. The series gets underway on Thursday (November 23) in Brisbane, where Australia have not lost a test since 1988 and England's hopes of victory in 2013/14 were effectively ended by a confidence-shattering spell of bowling from Mitchell Johnson.

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England ready to take on Australia in the Ashes test

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 01:24