Australia locks in final XI for first Ashes Test

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Australia has locked successful its XI to instrumentality connected England successful the archetypal Ashes Test, to beryllium played astatine the Gabba from Wednesday.

Freshly minted Aussie skipper Pat Cummins told media contiguous Travis Head has won the contention to the No.5 batting spot, portion Mitchell Starc volition play contempt calls from cricket large Shane Warne for the left-armer to beryllium axed.

Head was successful a two-man conflict with Usman Khawaja to play successful the mediate order. Both left-handers had shown signifier astatine home level this play and were each named successful the archetypal 15-man Ashes squad.

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It's chartless if Starc was ever nether superior menace from Jhye Richardson to clasp his spot successful the bowling attack, but sound had grown successful the past fortnight acknowledgment to Warne calling for the paceman to beryllium dropped.

Alex Carey volition debut astatine the Gabba, replacing Tim Paine arsenic wicketkeeper. Cummins volition skipper the broadside for the archetypal time.

England is yet to unveil its starting XI.

Australia XI: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

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