Yahoo UK and Ireland – Cricket – Ashes test match – Australia v England – GABBA Ground, Brisbane, Australia, November 23, 2017.
- Cricket – Ashes test match – Australia v England – GABBA Ground, Brisbane, Australia, November 23, 2017.
- England’s opening batsmen Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman walk onto the ground for the start of the first day of the first Ashes cricket test match.
- REUTERS/David GrayBRISBANE (Reuters) – England captain Joe Root won the toss and chose to bat first in the opening Ashes test against Australia in Brisbane on Thursday, with the hosts confirming opener David Warner and batsman Shaun Marsh were fit to play.
- Australia’s vaunted pace attack will therefore have first crack at the England batsmen on a green-tinged Gabba pitch and under a cloudy sky as the tourists bid for their first win at the Brisbane fortress since 1986.
- England have picked Jake Ball as their fourth seamer and he joins James Anderson, Stuart Broad and all-rounder Chris Woakes in their pace attack.