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But the England Test captain has finally shaken the bug and looks certain to reclaim his place in the top order for Sunday's one-day opener at the MCG. "After that, a line was drawn in the sand and we were given clear directives that the goal was the 2019 World Cup".
Of the 16 players in England's squad, seven were involved in the Ashes, while only four played all five Tests.
Harvey is the nephew of former Australian allrounder Ian Harvey, but said the 2003 World Cup squad member had little to do with his development because of his coaching career in England.
"It will be a different prospect playing Test cricket in England in the summer again".
England's five-match one-day series against Australia gets underway on Sunday with a tussle in Melbourne.
"That's my role in the team, to ramp it up and be aggressive and try to take wickets by bowling fast".
"After a frustrating period with injuries, Mark is now back to full fitness and is looking forward to being part of our test plans", Whitaker said.
If England do find themselves three down for spit skipper Eoin Morgan has shown the ability to pull them from the fire and has the confidence to carry his side home.
All eyes will be on Moeen Ali as he struggles for formHow does the series work? The all-rounder claimed 2-28 from 10 overs in the warm-up victory over a Cricket Australia XI this week. Chris Woakes has been Mr Reliable.
With the Ashes now behind England coach Trevor Bayliss turns himself to the task that may yet define his tenure as coach.
From an Australia perspective, the build-up to the series has been dominated by debate over a player not in the team.
Smith and Maxwell are reportedly not seeing eye to eye.
Maxwell, who averages 32 with the bat and nearly 39 with the ball, was again overlooked for 34-year-old Cameron White when Chris Lynn was forced out through injury.
"Whatever's been thrown at me, I feel like I'm confident enough to play my shots, no matter what the standard", Harvey said. "It is astonishing - he would be my first player on the team sheet".
Yet there has been little correlation between the results of recent Ashes series down under and the subsequent one-day series.