REVEALED: A large number of Juventus stars are now fighting to save their career in the club, while President Andrea Agnelli is ready to order a zero after meeting the team after the defeat in Hellas Verona
- Juventus suffered a 2-1 loss at Hellas Verona on Saturday in Serie A
- Result saw them lose first place in the table , with Inter Milan winning Sunday
- Angry President Andrea Agnelli spoke to a team on Continassa training base
- Up to six players can now be in the summer disabled if results do not improve
Juventus President Andrea Agnelli has warned many of the team's stars that they will be kicked out of the club if performance does not improve after a visit to the Continassa training center.
The Binaconeri fell on Saturday in a 2-1 surprise in Hellas Verona, enabling the title to rivals Inter Milan to return to the Series A summit after the victory in the Milan derby the next day.
Agnelli knows to be an excellent mental coach and has spoken with Juve & # 39; s most important stars, including Cristiano Ronaldo Giorgio Chiellini, Matthijs de Ligt, Gianluigi Buffon and also under pressure boss Maurizio Sarri.
After Agnelli & # 39; s training ground address, Buffon tried to motivate the players who were most disappointed with the Verona result in the aftermath of his talks with the president.
A technical revolution could take place in June. Miralem Pjanic must find a way to rediscover his best form to command the midfield that this term struggled with its condition.
The president, after listening to Pavel Nedved and Fabio Paratici, came to the training center and followed a small part of the session that demanded maximum effort from the team.
The likes of Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi, Federico Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa, Alex Sandro and Gonzalo Higuain are all players at risk of being moved in the summer .
Juventus runs the risk of not winning even a trophy this term, after having won the Scudetto for the past eight years, Agnelli has already emphasized the failure of the team he wants to avoid.
The Italian cup match a gainst Milan on Thursday will measure the psychological state of the players.
It was Nedved and Paratici who shouted at the team, but Agnelli's presence served to convey the importance of the encounter – mistakes are no longer tolerated.
Wimbledon day two starts on Tuesday, and many more high-profile stars will launch their campaigns.
Novak Djokovic started his tournament on Monday with a winning start and his closest rival Roger Federer hopes to follow in the same way.
Serena Williams also goes to Center Court, hoping to do better than her sister Venus who lost to 15-year-old Coco Gauff on Monday.
Order of Tuesday, July 2, 2019
(Seeds in parentheses)
13:00: Tatjana Maria (Ger) f (5) Angelique Kerber (Ger), Lloyd George Harris (Rsa) v (2) Roger Federer (Swi), (11) Serena Williams (USA) v Giulia Gatto-Monticone (Ita)
13:00: (1) Ashleigh Bar ty (Aus) v Saisai Zheng (Ch n), Ana Bogdan (Rom) v (19) Johanna Konta (Gbr), Yuichi Sugita (Jpn) v (3) Rafael Nadal (Spa)
11:00: (9) Sloane Stephens (US) v Timea Bacsinszky (Swi), (5) Dominic Thiem (Aut ) against Sam Querrey (US), Maria Sharapova (Russian) against Pauline Parmentier (Fra), Casper Ruud (Nor) against (9) John Isner (US)
Vissel Kobe & # 39; conspiracy movement for Chelsea & # 39; s Pedro & # 39; while winger slipped the pecking order under manager Frank Lampard
- Pedro played the full 90 minutes of the Blues & 2-1 victory over Hull City on Saturday
- But the 32-year-old has found minutes hard to find during season 2019-20
- His deal in Chelsea expires in June and there are only a few days left of transfer window
The 32-year-old played the full 90 minutes of the Blues & # 39; 2-1 win over Hull City in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, but his playing time is limited this season.
If Pedro made the switch to Japan, he would join his former Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta.
The Spaniard has had 195 performances for Chelsea since his arrival at Stamford Bridge five years ago.
However, Pedro found minutes hard to find during the 2019-2020 season with Blues boss Lampard who chose the youth.
He has played only 12 times with only four starts in the Premier League.
Pedro & # 39; s contract with Chelsea expires in June and there are only a few days left until the January transfer window closes.
It was more than ten years ago, the last time an opening pair in England lasted as many balls as Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley on Thursday. The Lord & # 39; s Ashes Test in 2009.
Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss set up 196. Of course, the highest order in England knew exactly what it was then about. These days it is no longer so certain.
Build a platform, hang around. It is the reason that 70 races from 31 overs in St George & # 39; s Park felt almost like a knock for the ages. It is the longest opening game in England since July 16, 2009: 181 balls. For all highlights, these were not exactly the golden years.
English cricket nowadays does not have much to order as a crisis management unit. Under Trevor Bayliss, even Cook seemed to have the freedom to play a few shots. Undoubtedly, recent fragility has led to strategic change.
In the first-wicket partnership there was perhaps one shot – Sibley who lifted a short pitching over the slip cord T20 style – which was entirely due to the white ball game. The rest was the old-fashioned trellis of the shutters; two walk over, slowly and stably in the relentless sun.
Test Cricket used to be that way, and even the lively combination of Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope after tea couldn't do much to influence these numbers. In the area, England was 224 for four, about 100 runs shy of where a good modern test side might hope to be.
When Strauss and Cook knocked on Lord & # 39; s in 2009 – albeit a much nicer pitch – England closed the day 364-6.
Their 196 lasted 16.5 more than Crawley and Sibley & # 39; s 70.
Part of this will have to do with the Port Elizabeth wicket, which is sometimes a vendetta against bat and ball seemed to be feeding. It didn't offer the sailors much and frustrated the batsmen. After six overs, Kock Quinton got up against Vernon Philander's bowling.
Yet this rough line is undoubtedly commissioned. Joe Denly, at the age of three, plays nothing like his natural game. He is enclosed and careful. In eight of his last nine innings, he has occupied the fold for more than 100 balls without receiving the refund for such dedication.
Told this, Darren Gough said that Denly did his job because he was instructed to take 100 before they open. Gough, now with talkSport, spent time with the English staff during the recent tour through New Zealand, so he should know. Yet it seems like a completely conservative game plan, given the potential of Denly.
Imagine ordering some of the best batsmen to just hang out, with the target occupied. Imagine if you would ask Ricky Ponting. Denly is on Ponting, but he is also not a player to keep his eyes down.
The fear of all England's permanent Eddies in the top order is that they will play within themselves in the hope of creating the elusive platform and ultimately being considered largely interchangeable.
Having said this, if England pushes past 400 from Saturday, it will be argued that the basis of the innings was the bold pedestrian start.
And yes, there are enough teams that work to serve the greatest talents from within. But if Joe Root looks more scratchy than everyone else and surrenders at 27, a huge amount of work seems to have been done to facilitate what was a glorified cameo by a batsman's standards. Only Stokes and Pope fully understood what had happened before.
For a young man, 22 next month, Crawley had an insightful grip on the game of the day. & # 39; It was very slow, & # 39; he said, & # 39; so hard to score, hard to bow, just very attritional cricket. I think we are in a good position.
& # 39; If we can move on to the late 300s, it becomes harder to hit after that. & # 39;
This is the least experienced top three in 30 years, and this must also be taken into account.
Crawley in particular is the embodiment of Callow, a battlefield promotion after the injury to Rory Burns. He is unlikely to open in England under any circumstances that are not needed, but he arrived well on Thursday.
In Cape Town, some players apparently met the former English coach Duncan Fletcher for a round of golf. Crawley, a decent player, went with him.
It was only after the group was stacked in a buggy that Fletcher was driving that it became clear that Crawley did not really recognize Fletcher and assumed that the course was being cared for by the older man in a driver's seat. Fletcher coached his last game with England in 2007. Crawley would have been nine.
So facing South Africa on a difficult course on the oldest test site outside of England and Australia is some turnout, and Crawley is understandably all too happy to curb youthful instincts and work for the team to do.
& # 39; Yes, it is against my natural game, & # 39; he admitted. "If I had a choice, I would try to score more freely, but if you play for England, you do what the situation requires and you block a few.
" When you are 40, you hope you can go further and get a high score, so I'm not going to say that I have done my job completely. It was sometimes a struggle, but I enjoyed it. & # 39;
And of course it would be hard to ignore England's warning when some of the same players – Crawley in Cape Town, for example – were criticized for trying to play too many shots too early. If England pushes towards 400, they can make it very difficult for South Africa and occupying the fold seems the smartest move.
However, sooner or later these same players must be trusted to play their game. This is a means to an end. Batsmen one up to and including three cannot remain the supporting act forever.
& # 39; To have a perfect 2020, we need to win as many trophies as possible & # 39 ;: Trent Alexander-Arnold is aiming for Treble with Liverpool as he squids to maintain & # 39; momentum and replicate 2019 & # 39;
- Liverpool had a great 2019 – winning the Champions League and Club World Cup
- The Reds are on track to the Premier League win, because they are 13 points clear
- They are through to the FA Cup fourth round and Champions League final 16 also
The right back has played a pivotal role in the stellar campaign of Liverpool so far. The Reds are 13 points free at the top of the table and have yet to lose with a game in hand, are through to the FA Cup fourth round as well as the final 16 of the Champions League – the last in which they are defending champions.
Alexander-Arnold wants Liverpool to build on a brilliant 2019 where they win the Champions League and the Club World Cup. For that, he has set them the goal of winning all the silverware on offer.
& # 39; Keep the momentum we have and try to replicate 2019 as mu ch possible because, if we do, I think there will be more trophies & # 39 ;, the 21-year-old told the official matchday program of the club when asked about his goals for 2020.
"With the position we are in the Premier League, as we can replicate what we have done in the first half of the season, we will be in a solid position with may.
"Hopefully we can reach another Champions League final too, but we have a difficult draw. Atletico Madrid is a stubborn team, a team that is hard to break and a passionate team with a passionate manager. It will be interesting to see the two managers on the sidelines and see who is more passionate!
& # 39; We enjoyed the Champions League last year because we had such a tough run. Every match we had to reach was against a different type of opponent after a really difficult group.
& # 39; We had a difficult group this year and another difficult round of 16, but we would like to be tested as a team because it gets the best out of us. If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best, so for us it's about testing ourselves as much as possible.
& # 39; Hopefully we can go back to Istanbul, which would be huge for the club, but for one perfect to have in 2020, we have to win as many trophies. & # 39;
& # 39; I thought what Peter did was not right … players do this when there is a threat & # 39 ;: Gerwyn Price hits Wright for dirty tactics after heated semi-final loss World Championship … despite almost touching his opponent with a dart and celebrating in his face
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Price turned up Peter Wright for applying dirty tactics and described his behavior as & # 39; out of order & # 39; after his defeat in their heated semi-final of the World Championship – despite almost hitting his opponent with his arrow and celebrating in his face.
tension on stage from the start of the draw, and Wright threw Price after claiming the first set.
The Welshman could be seen muttering something as he walked down the stage while shaking his head.
Gerwyn Price has smothered Peter Wright for applying dirty tactics during heated semifinal
Price responded by celebrating the party in the face of his opponent after he double tops to make things the same.
However, it was Wright who consistently threw better darts, and & # 39; Snakebite & # 39; went on to set up the final with Micheal Van Gerwen, who later defeated Nathan Aspinall, after his 6-3 win over Price.
Wright admitted that he was not satisfied with Price's behavior after he finished the stage without shaking his hand and then said: & # 39; He wanted to joke beforehand, but didn't want to continue going on stage. There you go, it's not my problem. & # 39;
At some point during the match, Price also seemed to come close to hitting Wright with his arrow after he had decided to throw just after his opponent had collected his arrows from the board.
Price responded to Wright's comments by accusing the Scot of dirty tactics.
He wrote on Twitter: & # 39; Thanks to everyone for the support of the past two weeks; it was a great tournament for me and I loved every minute.
& # 39; It is not a rule that you have to shake hands before, during or after the game. It was the biggest game of my career and I was completely focused.
& # 39; Before and after such an important game is jokingly acceptable, but not during, players are completely focused and trying to get a job done with the first set just bombed
& # 39; I was upset by what Peter did and I think it was not right considering the circumstances. I never settled again after that – I was nonsense from this point, which cost me a final place in the World Championship.
& # 39; Players know what they are doing and this when they know there is a threat. & # 39;
] Wright records Van Gerwen in a repeat of the 2014 final on Wednesday night at the Alexandra Palace.
Liverpool appeals to the Premier League to enable them to wear their FIFA World Championship insignia … with rules that usually prohibit them from mid-season kit changes
- Liverpool won the FIFA Club World Cup with a 1-0 win over the Flemish
- The side of Jurgen Klopp was given the right to wear the golden FIFA badge as a result
- Yet Premier League rules that the badge cannot be added to the play shirt
- The Reds appealed the decision and hope the competition will reconsider
Current rules state that only charity messages can be added to shirts in the middle of a Premier League season – something other than that must be ratified by their board.
But the Reds have asked the Premier League if their badge can be worn in all top flying competitions, arguing that English football is simply displayed in good light, according to The Athletic .
Liverpool won the FIFA World Cup on Saturday with a 1-0 win over the Flemish
Club officials also believe that Liverpool must have the right to wear it in all competitions because of the huge achievement. Real Madrid – who was world champion in 2016, 2017 and 2018 – was given permission to wear the badge in La Liga.
At present, Liverpool can only carry its prestigious symbol in the Champions League matches, meaning that it will not occur until February 18 in their final-16 draw against Atletico Madrid.
To wear the FA Cup emblem, Liverpool must submit a separate application to the Football Association – they organize Everton local rivals in the third round on January 5.
Incidentally, Manchester United was not allowed to wear the badge in the Premier League after they had won the FIFA Club World Cup 2008 – the only previous opportunity that an English club won the tournament.
Current FIFA guidelines state that the badge, introduced in 2007, & # 39; may only be used on the current official team that plays shirts & # 39; and & # 39; may not be used in earlier or historical versions of the team shirts, training shirts, tracksuits, training outerwear or other products & # 39 ;.
The side of Jurgen Klopp, according to FIFA rules, can wear the badge to the 2020 Club World Cup final after they defeated the Flemish edition in this year's edition 1-0, thanks to Roberto Firmino & # 39; s goal in extra time on Saturday night.
It is the third trophy of the Reds of 2019, after their triumphs in the Champions League and the European Super Cup.
VAR officials in Greece chow down on takeaway meals after ordering food in the middle of a Superleague competition
- VAR officials in Greece were seen ordering a takeaway meal during a match
- The references were stationed in the technical room as the game unfolded
- A delivery man was seen entering the cabin to dropping bag of food
VAR Officials in Greece have shown that acting as the third eye in football matches is clearly hungry work.
The team of assistant credentials manning the technology room during a Greek league match were given a takeaway meal during the match while they were watching an observer about the action.
When the season started, Lamia Panathinaikos played in the opening game of the campaign.
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With the match running, the cameras panned to the VAR room during a short interruption in the game.
The idea was to introduce familiar spectators to the referee's technical area, to show how the inner workings of the VAR concept come together.
It just happened that the moment the cameras changed, the delivery person brought a bag of takeaway food for the officials to chew.
On the field, the clash ended in a 1-1 stalemate, with Lamia taking the lead before former Manchester United -Man Federico Macheda settled with a penalty.
VAR is now commonplace in the European top competitions and is now making its name in the Premier League.
Proponents remain divided on the concept, which can be set to go a step further with FIFA considering using the technology to replace line judges .
Wimbledon 2019 starts on the third day of play on Wednesday when men's and women's singles competitions start round two.
] Novak Djokovic and Kyle Edmund join Center Court when they include Denis Kudla and Fernando Verdasco respectively.
All eyes will be on Court Two, though the 15-year-old American Coco Gauff, who knocked out Venus Williams in round one, will take on Magdalena Rybarikova.
Order of Wednesday, July 3, 2019
(Seeds in parentheses)
13:00: Monica Puig (Pur) v (3) Karolina Pliskova (Cze), (30) Kyle Edmund (Gbr) v Fernando Verdasco (Spa), (1) Novak Djokovic (Ser) v Denis Kudla (USA)
13:00: Heather Watson (Gbr) v (20)) Anett Kontaveit (Est), (10) Karen Khachanov (Russian) v Feliciano Lop ez (Spa), (14) Caroline Wozniacki (Den) v Veronika Kudermetova (Russian)
11:00 : (22) Stan Wawrinka (Swi) v Reilly Opelka (US), (7) Simona Halep (Rom) v Mihaela Buzarnescu (Rom), (4) Kevin Anderson (Rsa) v Janko Tipsarevic (Ser), Cori Gauff (USA) v Magdalena Rybarikova (Svk)
11:00: (8) Elina Svitolina (Ukr) and Margarita Gasparyan (Russian), Robin Haase (Ned) v (15) Milos Raonic (Can), (19) Felix Auger-Aliassime (Can) v Corentin Moutet (Fra), (17) Madison Keys (USA) v Polona Hercog (Slo )
11:00: Shuai Peng (Chn) & Zhaoxuan Yang (Chn) v Anna-Lena Friedsam (Ger) & Laura Siegemund (Ger), Desirae Krawczyk (US) & Giuliana Olmos (Mex) v Alexa Guarachi (Chi) & Sabrina Santamaria (USA), Ricardas Berankis (Lit) & Marton Fucsovics (Hun) v (6) Nikola Me ktic (Cro) & Franko Skugor (Cro), Jonathan Erlich (Isr) & Artem Sitak (Nzl) v (9) Maximo Gonzalez (Arg) & Horacio Zeballos (Arg)
11:00: Freya Christie (Gbr) & Katie Swan (Gbr) v Greet Minnen (Bel) & Alison Van Uytvanck (Bel), Naiktha Bains (Gbr) & Naomi Broady (Gbr) v (2) Barbora Kre jcikova (Cze) & Katerina Siniakova (Cze), (14) Oliver Marach (Aut) & Jurgen Melzer (Aut) v Cheng-Peng Hsieh (Tpe) & Christopher Rungkat (Ina), Luke Bambridge (Gbr) & Jonny O & # 39 Mara (Gb) r) v (3) Raven Klaasen (Rsa) & Michael Venus (Nzl)
11:00: Sorana Cirstea (Rom) & Galina Voskoboeva (Kaz) v Sarah Gray (Gbr) & Eden Silva (Gbr), Alex De Minaur (Aus) & Matt Reid (Aus) v Federico Delbonis (Arg) & Andres Molteni (Arg) , (12) Kirsten Flipkens (Bel) & Johanna Larsson (Swe) v Belinda Bencic (Swi) & Viktoria Kuzmova (Svk)
11:00 : (1) Timea Babos (Hun) & Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) v Jessica Pegula (USA) & Maria Sanchez (USA), (1) Lukasz Kubot (Pol) & Marcelo Melo (Bra) v Ben McLachlan (Jpn ) & Jan-Lennard Struff (Ger), Kateryna Kozlova (Ukr) & Anastasia Rodionova (Aus) v Darija Jurak (Cro) & Kat arina Srebotnik (Slo)] 11:00: (9) Hao-Ching Chan (Tpe) & Latisha Chan (Tpe) v Harriet Dart (Gbr) & Katy Dunne (Gbr), Jaume Munar (Spa) & Cameron Norrie (Gbr) v (15) Dominic Inglot (Gbr) & Austin Krajicek (USA), Filip Krajinovic (Ser) & Dusan Lajovic (Ser) v Matthew Ebden (Aus) & Vasek Pospisil (Can), Timea Bacsinszky (Swi ) & Bernarda Pera (USA) v Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Blr) & Lesia Tsurenko (Ukr)
11:00: Irina Bara (Rom) & Magda Linette (Pol) v (7) Nicole Melichar (USA) & Kveta Peschke (Cze), Ons Jabeur (Tun) & Fanny Stollar (Hun) v (4) Gabriela Dabrowski (Can) & Yi Fan Xu (Chn), Radu Albot (Mol) & Malek Jaziri (Tun) v (12) Rajeev Ram (USA) & Joe Salisbury (Gbr), Sander Gille (Bel) & Joran Vliegen (Bel) against Guillermo Duran (Arg) & Juan Ignacio Londero (Arg)
11:00: Anna Blinkova (Russian) & Yafan Wang (Chn) v Nao Hibino (Jpn) & Miyu Kato (Jpn), Natela Dzalamidze (Russian) & Cornelia Lister (Swe) v (6) Elise Mertens (Bel) & Aryna Sabalenka (Blr), Jack Draper (Gb) r) & Paul Jubb (Gbr) v (2) Juan Sebastian Cabal (Col) & Robert Farah (Col), (4) Mate Pavic (Cro) & Bruno Soares (Bra) v Sander Arends (Ned) & Matwe Middelkoop (Ned ))
11:00: Victoria Azarenka (Blr) v Ajla Tomljanovic (Aus), (11) Daniil Medvedev ( Russian)) against Alexei Popyrin (Aus), Andreas Seppi (Ita) v (26) Guido Pella (Arg), Danielle Collins (USA) v (12) Anastasija Sevastova (Lat)
11:00: Marie Bouzkova (Cze) v (31) Maria Sakkari (Gre), Ivo Karlovic (Cro) v Thomas Fabbiano (Ita), Marcel Granollers (Spa ) v Ugo Humbert (Fra), (8) Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Ger) & Demi Schuurs (Ned) v Monique Adamczak (Aus) and Adriana Perez (Ven)
11:00: (28) Benoit Paire (Fra) v Miomir Kecmanovic (Ser), Viktorija Golubic (Swi) v Yulia Putintseva (Kaz), Kenneth Sku pski (Gbr) & John-Patrick Smith (Aus) v Jay Clarke (Gbr) & James Ward (Gbr)
11:00: Pablo Cuevas (Uru) v Jiri Vesely (Cze), Steve Darcis (Bel) v (23) Roberto Bautista Agut (Spa), Yanina Wickmayer (Bel) against Shuai Zhang (Chn), (24) Petra Martic (Cro) v Anastasia Potapova (Russian)
11:00: Madison Brengle (USA) v Karolina Muchova (Cze), Leonardo Mayer (Arg) v Hubert Hurkacz (Pol), Lidziya Marozava (Blr) & Storm Sanders (Aus) v (10) Victoria Azarenka (Blr) & Ashleigh Barty (Aus ), Marcelo Demoliner (Bra) & Divan Sharan (Ind) v (13) Kevin Krawietz (Ge r) & Andreas Mies (Ger)
11:00: (28) Su-Wei Hsieh (Tpe) v Kirsten Flipkens (Bel), Jeremy Chardy (Fra) v (21) David Goffin (Bel), (27) Sofia Kenin (USA) v Dayana Yastremska (Ukr), Jeevan Nedunchezhi yan (Ind) & Purav Raja (Ind) v Lleyton Hewitt (Aus) & Jordan Thompson (Aus)
& # 39; I would now like to be consistent with it & # 39 ;: Joe Root confirms that he will fall to number 4 in the English test order after a frustrating axis at number 3
- Joe Root beat number 3 during the Ashes series of England against Australia
- He feels relapsed to four and gets more out of him as a batsman
- Joe David Charlesworth, Press Association Sport
Joe Root plans to fall back to four in four in the test order for the foreseeable future, because he thinks England will get more out of him as a batsman and captain.
A shortage of batsmen of the highest order meant that Root, not for the first time in his career, moved from his preferred position to first drop for the whole of the drawn Ashes series.
He performed modestly according to his own elevated standards with 325 runs at 32.5, while his overall average at three is a full 10 runs less than when he hits a lower place.Joe Root plans to go back to the four in the test order for the near future
For the tour to New Zealand, he was expected to return to four, where he hit the first of two practice games in Whangarei and where he would stay – barring unforeseen circumstances.
& # 39; I want to be consistent with it now, forward & # 39 ;, he told the BBC & # 39; s Test Match Special. "It doesn't always work exactly the way you want it, but it would be nice if that were the case.
" I just think it fits my game a bit more. It definitely fits the captain a little better.
& # 39; I know that previous captains preferred to leave early and just go between them, but I really like to split the two and really concentrate on my batting.Root struck at four during the opening warm-up match against New Zealand XI in Whangarei
& # 39; I have discovered over time that I have consistently played better in that position. & # 39;
England held their cards close to their chest around selection for a three-day first class match, starting on Friday, against New Zealand. One side that will include a number of current internationals.
It could be instructive that the person appearing in the Cobham Oval between Sam Curran and Chris Woakes deserves a wink for next week's first test against the Black Caps on Mount Maunganui.
Joe Denly is expected to fall to three after an ankle injury that excluded him from the T20 series, replacing Zak Crawley, who registered a century earlier this week in his first innings in an England shirt.
Root added: & # 39; We have not yet selected an official team. As you would expect, most of them will play the first test match. & # 39;