Ashes 2019: Australian Pacer Mitchell Starc Doubtful For The First Test

England's Stuart Broad celebrates after taking the wicket of Ireland's Kevin O'Brien

England's Stuart Broad celebrates after taking the wicket of Ireland's Kevin O'Brien

As expected, the visitors included all three players given lengthy bans for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa a year ago - Warner, Cameron Bancroft and former captain Steve Smith.

The most awaited series Ashes 2019, began on a good note for England.

Archer, who is yet to play his Test debut, was England's leading wicket-taker in their successful World Cup campaign.

England's team for Edgbaston: Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Joe Denly, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

The Baggy Greens went on to lose series' against Pakistan and India, but did thrash Sri Lanka in two Tests earlier this year. So if two of our guys can step up and get three or four hundred runs in the series it will massively help our chances. "They've been quality performers for a long time but they're going to play a part in the series".

David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, who shared a match-clinching stand in the first Ashes test in Brisbane in 2017, can expect boos in Birmingham due to their later bans. He found the ball swung and seamed around and the wickets were a lot different to a one-day wicket.

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National daily The Australian prefaced the trio's expected test return with the nuanced headline: "Getting the banned back together". On the Ashes front, Starc claimed total 22 wickets as Australia whitewashed England with a margin of 4-0 in the previous series.

"Whoever wins the Ashes, it is the contributions of batsmen five and six that will make all the difference", former Australia all rounder Brad Hogg said. The ODI side has begun a revival, and Australia's challenge now is to stop the turmoil in their Test side.

"It would be a great story if he comes back into the team, from where he's come from - his learnings over the last 14 months", Langer said after Australia's training session was cut short by rain yesterday. How rusty they will be, and how they'll cope with the not-so-warm reception by the English crowd, remains to be seen.

"I did not play that Test match against Ireland". The most important change in recent times though is the manner in which they're playing the game.

More recently he took 6/73 and 2/67 in his last County match for Notts, then 4/60 and 3/17 for Australia A and 1/16 and 3/19 in last week's all-Australian practice match. So much so that they were even said to be "soft". Joe (Root, Test captain) and I work really well together. Archer - last seen twerking with the best of them in Barbados - has had more of an Ian Botham preparation for the Ashes than many at Lords would have wished for.

Paine revealed the Australia team when winning the toss, with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood missing out, and veteran Peter Siddle and James Pattinson - starting his first test since February 2016 - in the XI.

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