The Ashes series between Australia and England is going to start from 8th December. The first test match between the two teams will be played at the Gabba in Brisbane.
Australia announces playing XI for the first Test for the Ashes
Australia’s new captain Pat Cummins has put an end to all the speculations related to the playing XI for the first Test of the Ashes series. He has himself stamped the playing XI of the first Test. This decision of the Australian captain, 3 days before the start of the Ashes series, tells the confidence of him and the team. The Ashes series between Australia and England is going to start from 8th December. The first test match between the two teams will be played at the Gabba in Brisbane.
The biggest question in the playing XI for Australia was about 2 spots. Who will bat first at number 5 and second whether or not Mitchell Starc will take over the command of the team in the bowling attack. Cummins has given answers to all these questions by clearing the name of the playing XI. He has replaced Travis Head in the last 11 at number one. Also, Mitchell Starc, commanding the bowling attack, will also be seen.
Australia’s playing XI for the first Test of the Ashes
Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
After choosing the team, Pat Cummins said that it was very difficult for him to choose between Travis Head and Queensland captain Usman Khawaja to bat in the middle order. Both were good options for me and both had tremendous form. He said, “Khwaja had experience. But Travis Head has played a lot of cricket with the team in the last two years. We felt that he would be more effective on home soil. And that is the reason why Head was given preference over Khawaja.
Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins will take charge of the pace
There was also a question on Starc’s selection in the team as Jhye Richardson had performed well in Sheffield Shield matches. He took 15 wickets in 2 matches, including 8 wickets at the Gabba last month. But Pat Cummins said that Starc and Hazlewood will take charge with the new ball and I will keep myself as the first change in bowling.
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