Ashes 2019: Starc and Hazlewood dropped as Australia bat first at Edgbaston

Jonny Bairstow and David Warner shake hands while batting for Sunrisers Hyderabad

Jonny Bairstow and David Warner struck up a friendship at Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL Credit

Warner and Bancroft were roundly booed when they came out to bat.

Cameron Bancroft has impressed in County cricket.

Even when a trio of debutants came from the clouds amid an extraordinary mid-series carve up against South Africa, off the back of the Hobart disaster of 2016, it was a mere five new names on the teamsheet - including new batsmen Matthew Renshaw, Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson.

"Steven and David have had a pretty good dress rehearsal during the World Cup and I thought they were brilliant in how they responded to it, with bat and in their behaviours. Perhaps it is because I have not played against him for 18 months I have forgotten", said Broad.

The Australian XI appears to be taking shape, with Usman Khawaja passing a fitness test on his hamstring injury to take his place at number three. He has been very successful playing for Nottinghamshire, and he knows how to go about bowling in the UK.

The first Test between England and Australia will start from August 1.

Broad suggested his team "wouldn't go down the route", when asked if the ball-tampering saga could be used as sledging fodder. I don't think so, and Starcy's greatest strength is when it's reversing. Pattinson will be joined by another pace spearheads Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, and Joze Hazlewood.

"It doesn't bother me to be perfectly honest, I know I've got the support of the guys in the room and for me that's all that really matters", he said.

James Pattinson is the latest addition to this 2015 image of The Backstreet Boys, aka the Australian bowling line-up. Australia won eight contests in a row from 1989 to 2003 at home and away but once England regained the Ashes in the course of that unforgettable contest in 2005 they have dominated at home winning again in 2009, 2013 and 2015. "It's going to be a batsman than wins the urn", Stokes said.

Ben Horne, Steve Wilson and Andrew Menczel preview the 2019 Ashes and discuss the future of Women's Test cricket.

"The ability to see off the new ball has become all the more important because there is such strength to England's middle-order". He can be a real X-factor for England. Stokes, who was rested for last week's one-off Test match with Ireland, said being stripped of the vice-captaincy had been hurtful.

The 24-year-old fast bowler, who took 20 wickets in the World Cup, was included in the squad for the five-match series, due to commence at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Jason Roy, another crucial member of the triumphant one-day global side, will make his Ashes debut after his red-ball debut in the win against Ireland. We'll soon see who has the last laugh.

One thing for sure is that I'll be watching. "They've been quality performers for a long time but they're going to play a part in the series".

For me, when it's Ashes time, I'm glued to the TV and as excited as anybody.

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