By Paul Newman for the Daily Mail
Published: 17:31 EST, 1 January 2018 | Updated: 07:37 EST, 2 January 2018
England will consider blooding three young batsmen when they name their squad next week for the two Tests against New Zealand that end their winter.
Liam Livingstone, Dan Lawrence and Joe Clarke are all in the frame as England look to find more emerging players to take them forward at the end of another series loss in Australia.
That means James Vince, in particular, will be playing for his Test future when England make one last attempt to defeat Australia here at the SCG on Wednesday, while Mark Stoneman is another who could do with a big score.
Dan Lawrence (pictured) is among the young players being considered by England selectors
He and Joe Clarke are in the frame for the two Tests against New Zealand that end the winter
And Gary Ballance, a controversial pick for this Ashes tour at the behest of captain Joe Root, looks sure to miss out for games at Auckland and Christchurch in March.
One consolation from this Ashes defeat has been the success of less experienced players Dawid Malan and Craig Overton, while Stoneman and Vince have shown glimpses of belonging at this level.
But England, who are set to hand 20-year-old Mason Crane his Test debut at the SCG after Tom Curran's introduction in Melbourne, want to consider the best batsmen from the Lions set-up when they select their squad for New Zealand.
'There's been some chat about how we can start to get younger players in the side,' said England coach Trevor Bayliss. 'Livingstone, Clarke and Lawrence have all been mentioned.'
England No 3 James Vince will be playing for his Test future in the fifth Ashes Test this week
Lancashire's Liam Livingstone (right) is a rare, explosive talent and highly rated by England
Lancashire's Livingstone, 24, made two full Twenty20 international appearances last summer but struggled against South Africa. He is a rare, explosive talent, though, and highly rated by England, who believe the hard-hitting Cumbrian — just like Ben Stokes — could be a better bet in the red-ball game.
Lawrence of Essex has caught the eye of Bayliss and, at 20, has been considered one of the best batting prospects in the domestic game since he scored 161 against Surrey aged 17. Clarke impressed as a late call-up in place of Ben Duckett for the warm-up match in Perth ahead of the third Test.
He hit five Championship hundreds in his first full season with Worcestershire in 2016 after becoming the first teen called up by the Lions since a certain Joe Root.
Haseeb Hameed will return at some point too and, while it is unlikely all of the next generation will be selected now, Bayliss wants an injection of youth.
Twenty-year-old batsmen Haseeb Hameed (above) will return to England duty at some point
'You need an opportunity to put them in and is this that opportunity?' he said. 'Have the guys who are in there done enough to warrant further selection? Over time you want new players not just putting pressure on but getting chances.'
Meanwhile, leg-spinner Crane should play the fifth Test on a ground known for taking spin. But whether he will replace the out-of-form Moeen Ali remains to be seen as England are still worried about the balance of their side without Stokes and Moeen and the length of the tail. Curran could be the man to make way if England pick both spinners.
'There's no time like the present to find out if Crane is ready,' added Bayliss. 'He's a guy who's got the goods and the more he plays at this level, the better he will get.'
There are not many better places for Crane to start than at the SCG.
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