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England to have 2 days off ahead of 4th Ashes test

December 19, 2013

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — England’s cricketers will have Friday and Saturday off before resuming training at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in preparation for next week’s fourth Ashes test.

Australia regained the Ashes with its third consecutive win in the five-test series at Perth’s WACA Ground on Monday.

England allrounder Ben Stokes, who scored his first test century in the Perth match, says he’s looking forward to playing before a sold-out first-day crowd on Dec. 26.

Stokes, who scored 120 runs, says “there’s still a lot to play for: personal pride, playing in front of 100,000 at the MCG. I don’t think that will take much getting up for.”

Australia captain Michael Clarke says complacency will not set in as the home side attempts to improve from No. 5 in the world test rankings.

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