England 50/4 in 22 overs Opener Hameed is growing in confidence in the middle as he try to rebuild England innings with Ollie Pope. Oz captain Cumminshas already taken pace off the bowling attack with Nathan Lyon and Cameron Green introduced as bowling changes.
England 29/4 in 12.4 overs OUT! And that’s the big wicket of Ben Stokes; delivered by none other than the Oz captain Pat Cummins, who had him taken at third slip with a in-swinger that took a fat edge of Stokes’s bat.
England 20/3 in 10 overs Tumultuous batting display from England batters so far while surviving opener Haseeb Hameed and newly-in Ben Stokes are living dangerously at the moment. The Oz pace trio of Pat Cummins, Hazlewood and Starc are really coming hard at the Englishmen.
England 11/3 in 5.5 overs OUT! Hazlewood strikes again and this time it’s the best English batter and captain Joe Root, who departs without scoring. The Oz pacer, who has been bowling beautifully this morning, bowled it full close to Root’s off stump as the skipper went forward to defend. But he only finds the ball move away from him before taking an outside edge and carry to David Warner at first slip.
England 11/2 in 3.2 overs OUT! England in sort of trouble early morning . It’s Josh Hazlewood whose outswinger to southpaw Dawid Malan took an outside edge of the Englishman’s bat before the ball disappeared inside the gloves of debutant wicket-keeper Alex Carey. Was England captain Joe Root wrong to opt to bat first? He will get to figure out that himself as he is the new batter in.
England 0/1 in 0.1 over OUT! Mitchell Starc clean bowls Rory Burns off the first ball of the Ashes! Burns didn’t see that yorker coming as he shuffled across too far while the Aussie pacer nailed the blockhole on leg stump.
5.30 AM Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns open for England in the opening Test; Mitchell Starc to start with the new ball.
5.18 AM: PITCH REPORT The conditions look ideal for Australian pacers to exploit on the opening day as their a thick covering of grass all over the pitch with expected moisture underneath. The wicket might be a bit slow on the first day but the pace will pick up gradually. Also some overcast conditions as well with rain expected later on.
5.00 AM England have opted to bat first after winning the toss.
England (Playing XI) Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Jack Leach
Australia (Playing XI) David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins(c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood