The opening test match of the Ashes series is scheduled to begin on December 8 at the Gabba Stadium in Brisbane. Australia and England have released their teams ahead of the first test match. Australian captain Pat Cummins on Sunday announced the names of the eleven men playing against, whereas Joe Root on Gabba Test’s eve announced the 12-men squad.
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Australia Announce Playing XI For Tournament Opener, Starc Retains His Spot
Australia announced the starting XI for the opening match. Pat Cummins told the media that it was tough to chose between one of Travis Head and Usman Khawaja, with the former making the way to the playing XI. David Warner, Steve Smith, Marcus Harris, and Marnus Labuschagne, Australia’s top batter, have all retained their respective spots in Cummins’ XI. Bowling line-up for the first match has Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, and Josh Hazlewood with the skipper Pat Cummins leading the attack.
Australia’s Playing XI: Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith (vice-captain), Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (captain), Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
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No James Anderson as England name 12-man squad for first Ashes Test at The Gabba
On the eve of the first match of The Ashes 2021-22, visitors England named a 12-man squad for the opening Test at The Gabba in Brisbane. England will go without their ace fast bowler James Anderson, who has been rested for the first Test of the five-match series in Australia. Jonny Bairstow is also missing on the team list for first test in Brisbane. Jos Buttler talking to BBC said “Jimmy’s not going to play but he is fit. It’s just precautionary.”, on Anderson’s absence from the test match starting from December 8th.
England 12-man squad: Joe Root (c), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Haseeb Hameed, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.