Bayliss plays down Ball injury

12 November 2017 05:22:52 EST

England head coach Trevor Bayliss is confident about Jake Ball's chances of being fit enough to feature in the first Ashes Test.

The 26-year-old sustained ankle ligament damage in a warm-up match but Bayliss said the pace bowler "feels pretty good".

"We want to make sure he is right and available for selection," the Australian added.

England cruised to a 192-run victory against a Cricket Australia XI but Bayliss thought there were still plenty of lessons to be learned from the trumph before the opening Test begins in Brisbane on 23rd November.

Bayliss has also spoken highly of Craig Overton who took 3-15 in the home team's second innings.

"He bowled very well and he's very consistent," Bayliss said. "He moves the ball around a bit which puts pressure on the batter. We'll have to do a lot of that through the Test series.

"The team for the first Test us pretty much what we were thinking beforehand. There are still one or two positions, whether it's injury or not, we won't really know until that final game is concluded."

England are 11/4 to win the first Ashes Test, with the draw 15/4 and an Australian victory 8/11.

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