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England name team for first Ashes Test

England name team for first Ashes Test

"I think one thing for me (this time) will be making surethe game is played at my pace, trying to be nice and calm andcollected out in the middle - and feel really ready for thataspect of Test cricket, which you do experience here inAustralia", said Root. The only series they have... "I think he's all right now".

Root played the first four tests of that series, missing Australia's victory lap at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

"A couple of net sessions I have had against Cummins and Starc have been quite scary, so that is really exciting for us". Shoring up a fallible top order is something both Smith, with assistance from David Warner, and Root backed up by a left-handed opener of his own in Alastair Cook, have got used to in recent months.

The Australians aren't exactly settled, either, with Tim Paine recalled as wicketkeeper for his first test in seven years at the expense of Matthew Wade and Cameron Bancroft set to make his test debut in place of opener Matthew Renshaw.

Warner hurt his neck during a fielding drill at the Gabba two days before the match and although he faced only two throwdowns in the nets later that day, on match eve he enjoyed a much longer batting session as he aimed to prove his fitness.




Ball will be thrown into the Gabba cauldron in just his fourth test after recovering from a sprained ankle that saw him scratched from the tour match in Adelaide and rested for the final warm-up in Townsville last week, where Overton bowled.

Root's batting average is 53.76 in 60 tests, but his average in Australia is 27.42.

But Root said Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins would be "feeling the heat" as they play their first home Ashes series bearing a heavy weight of expectation.

Root has scored 1,059 runs in 10 Tests this year ahead ofthe Ashes, including three hundreds.

Lyon said: "Leading into Perth we knew - Matt Prior wanted to fly home before the game started and he was one of the senior players".


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