England will look to put the memory of their 5-0 Ashes drubbing in Australia behind them and prove there is Test life beyond Kevin Pietersen when they face Sri Lanka in the first of a two-match series at Lord`s on Thursday.
England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has suffered a setback to his hopes of being recalled to the national squad as he continues his struggle with an Achilles injury, which saw him being ruled out of Sussex`s LV Championship match on Sunday.
England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow has said that it is disappointing for him that he would not play again in the team with Kevin Pietersen, who was sacked following the team`s 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia in the winter.
Captain Alastair Cook says Jonny Bairstow will continue behind the stumps for England in the final Ashes Test starting from Friday despite support for the experienced Matt Prior from rival skipper Michael Clarke.
Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior has vowed to make his return to the team after he axed from the fourth Ashes Test against Australia in Melbourne and was replaced by understudy Jonny Bairstow in yet another changing of the guard.
England batsman- wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has reportedly been put on the red alert to challenge for the position of England`s Test glovesman slot a little earlier than expected after Matt Prior was dropped for the Boxing Day Test and replaced by Jonny Bairstow.
England wicketkeeper Matt Prior is reportedly facing a fight to keep his spot for the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground ( MCG) with team director Andy Flower contemplating replacing Prior with wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow, who has averaged 30.2 from 12 Tests.
Ian Bell has come a long way since notorious sledger Shane Warne first likened him to the red-haired nerd from the comedy film American Pie, and with Australia facing the prospect of a fourth successive Ashes defeat it is the England batsman who could be having the last laugh.
Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris has called fellow seamer Peter Siddle`s no-ball as unacceptable, saying that the team is disappointed as the no-ball that saw England`s Jonny Bairstow reprieved at Lord`s could have cost Australia the Ashes.
England batsman Ian Bell, who is expected to replace Jonny Bairstow in the third Test match against India in Kolkata, has claimed he is ready to finally deliver in India following poor performances in the country so far.
High on confidence having levelled the four-Test series 1-1 against India, England middle order batsman Jonny Bairstow said that his team would like to carry on the momentum and produce positive result in the third Test, starting here on December 5.
Star England batsman Kevin Pietersen prepared himself for the upcoming Test series with a strokeful 110 against Haryana in visitors` final warm up game even as skipper Alastair Cook missed out on his second consecutive ton, here on Thursday.
Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow hit a resolute century and put on 156-run partnership with Eoin Morgan to rescue England from a precarious position on the first day of their three-day warm-up game against Mumbai `A` here on Saturday.