Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's Easy to Lose Focus with the Ashes Looming

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's Easy to Lose Focus with the Ashes Looming

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Byline: @Jamestaylor20 James Taylor

NO England player will admit publicly this week that he is thinking about the Ashes. He will say that he is focusing only on the task ahead beating West Indies, clinching the series and ending the summer on a high note.

Unfortunately, when you have a Test series in Australia starting in two-and-a-half months, it is very difficult to disregard it.

Most cricketers never get a chance to play an Ashes series Down Under. So it is natural that your thoughts turn to the lure of taking on the Aussies.

When that is at the back of a batsman's mind, can he really say he is concentrating on this ball, this over, this innings, as much as he would like? I've been there myself with England, albeit never before an Ashes tour. But you have to try to overcome it, and I usually played my best cricket when I was able to do so. …

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