Head will get the nod as Australia affirm XI for first Ashes Take a look at

BRISBANE: Australia confirmed their line-up for the primary Ashes Take a look at three days early on Sunday, recalling Travis Head for the hotly contested quantity 5 spot whereas retaining Mitchell Starc within the bowling assault.

Head was dropped after the Boxing Day Take a look at in opposition to India final yr, and new Australia captain Pat Cummins stated the best way he has responded gave him a slender edge over the veteran Usman Khawaja.

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“It’s a good one. Selectors make the decision however they’re simply each actually good choices and have had actually robust type,” Cummins stated.

“I feel the expertise is nice from Uzzie and we really feel actually fortunate to have that within the squad however Trav has performed quite a bit for us the final couple of years and he’s gone away and churned out runs over in England and right here in Australia and we really feel like he’s actually able to go.”


Starc confronted a powerful problem from Jhye Richardson, who has been snaring wickets together with his excessive tempo in current Sheffield Protect matches.

However the selectors opted to stick with the established troupe of quicks, with Starc and Josh Hazlewood taking the brand new ball, and Cummins stated he would be the first change bowler.

Affirmation of the facet days forward of Wednesday’s toss at The Gabba in Brisbane has given the Australians time to focus solely on the Take a look at and never be distracted by choice points.

England, nevertheless, who final held the Ashes in 2015, have been in no hurry to observe swimsuit.

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“We’ve acquired all of the choices on the desk simply now and we’re not going to call the crew simply but,” captain Joe Root stated.

“We are able to spend hours and hours speaking about Australia however finally we’ve got to arrange ourselves as greatest we are able to and take care of our personal factor and ensure with the preparation we’ve had we get probably the most out of the subsequent few days.”

Australia: Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Inexperienced, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (capt), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

England (from): Joe Root (capt), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wooden.

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