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Cricket: England win toss, to bat first in first Ashes test

Cricket – Ashes test match – Australia v England – GABBA Ground, Brisbane, Australia, November 23, 2017.

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  • Cricket: England win toss, to bat first in first Ashes testCricket: England win toss, to bat first in first Ashes testCricket – Ashes test match – Australia v England – GABBA Ground, Brisbane, Australia, November 23, 2017.
  • REUTERS/David GrayBy Ian RansomBRISBANE (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.
  • Australia team: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (capt), Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Nathan LyonEngland team: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root (capt), Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Jake Ball.


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