(Photo) Matt Parkinson eager to force his way into England’s Ashes plans

England’s preparations for the Ashes in Australia got under way on Tuesday with an inter-squad warm-up game against England Lions in Brisbane, although weather played spoilsport to eat up chunks of action. For the Lions, Matt Parkinson sent down three overs in the rain-shortened first day and will be hoping for a better chance to plump his case for a potential call-up into the Ashes squad as preparations continue with a four-day clash next week.