Sydney no time for experimenting: Bairstow

Dec 31, 2017 - 4:06 AM Dead-rubber or not, England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow insists selectors must stick with the best available side for Thursday's final Ashes Test at the SCG.

Pressure is mounting on the likes of spinner Moeen Ali, who has taken just three wickets at 135 for the series after he failed to spin England to their victory of the series in Melbourne.

Batsmen Mark Stoneman and James Vince are yet to reach triple figures in the series - alongside captain Joe Root - and will be desperate for runs in Sydney.

The SCG Test could also allow for England to make some moves for the future, after three players were debuted by the visitors in the corresponding dead rubber four years ago.

But Bairstow scoffed at the suggestion 20-year-old legspinner Mason Crane could be given a debut at the SCG simply in order to give him Test match experience.

"You've got to play your best team. We're in it to win matches of cricket," Bairstow said.

"Whether that's Mason plays, whoever it is the XI that go out are going out to win the Test match.

"Yes the series is gone, but I'm sure you can see from the spirit the guys showed in this Test match, by no means is it an easy ride or foot off the gas."

Bairstow also backed veteran quicks Stuart Broad and James Anderson to be fit for Thursday after the pair toiled through a combined 54 overs in Australia's second innings at the MCG.

England's bowlers left Melbourne without any serious injuries after spending the final day in the field on an unresponsive pitch, and will benefit from the longer-than-norman four-day break between Australia's two showcase Tests of the holiday period.

"They've all played the warm-up games, they've all played every single Test match," Bairstow said of Broad and Anderson.

"There's no need for that to change and I don't see it changing.

"The performance that we put in this last game was really good and if we're really honest we could've won that Test match."

Source: AAP

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