Highlights

  • Australia reveals Playing XI three days ahead of the 1st Test
  • Marcus Harris to partner Warner as an opener
  • Starc retains his place in Playing XI despite poor form

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In an unusual move, Australia revealed their Playing XI for the first Ashes Test three days in advance. The five-match Ashes series will begin on December 8 at the Gabba in Brisbane.

Newly-appointed Test captain Pat Cummins backed Travis Head over an experienced Usman Khawaja at the number 5 position. While Cameron Green retains his place after a good show against India last summer.

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Meanwhile, Marcus Harris will partner David Warner as an opener after getting full backing from national selector George Bailey.

Despite Jhye Richardson's good form, Australian team management has decided to go with Mitchell Starc. In November, Richardson took 8 wickets at the Gabba during a domestic competition.

Currently, Australia is currently in possession of the Ashes Urn after the 2019 edition in England ended in a draw but retaining the Ashes at home will be a tall task for Pat Cummins and his men.

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