Ben Stokes has won the toss and elected to bat first against Australia in the first Ashes 2023 Test.
“Looks like a good cricket wicket. Now we’ll go out and put runs on the board.”
Australia captain Pat Cummins confirms Josh Hazlewood has been preferred over Mitchell Starc for the final spot in the Playing XI. “Tough call, I thought Mitch was impressive against India in WTC Final, but it’s a squad mentality. Really good problem to have.”
England: 1 Zak Crawley, 2 Ben Duckett, 3 Ollie Pope, 4 Joe Root, 5 Harry Brook, 6 Ben Stokes (capt), 7 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 8 Moeen Ali, 9 Ollie Robinson, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson
Australia: 1 David Warner, 2 Usman Khawaja, 3 Marnus Labuschagne, 4 Steve Smith, 5 Travis Head, 6 Cameron Green, 7 Alex Carey (wk), 8 Pat Cummins (capt), 9 Nathan Lyon, 10 Josh Hazlewood, 11 Scott Boland