Ashes 2017/18: Mark Stoneman hits 85 on England return in tour match
The opening batsman, known as ‘Rocky’ to his team-mates, has only three Test match appearances against West Indies at the end of last summer to his name.
But Stoneman indicated he will not be punching above his weight in the Ashes opener against Australia at Brisbane later this month, as an impressive, 113-ball innings helped England to reach stumps on 349-6.
Three other batsmen needing runs to prove their worth, James Vince, Dawid Malan and Gary Balance, also posted half-centuries against a weak bowling attack.
Indeed, the only downside to the first hit-out for England on this tour were... read more
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