Ashes 2017 LIVE Day 1: Australia vs England from Brisbane
- The Ashes sequence between Australia and England begins tonight on the Gabba
- Joe Root’s England are defending the urn they gained two years in the past on dwelling soil
- Steve Smith’s facet are attempting to copy the 5-Zero whitewash of 4 years in the past
- Root referred to as a head and gained the toss earlier than electing to have a bat first
- Last wicket 127-2: Mark Stoneman b Patrick Cummins 53
The wait is over. The Ashes are right here.
Over the following two months, England will defend the urn they gained from their oldest and fiercest rivals on dwelling soil in 2015, beginning within the first Test on the Gabba.
Australia are determined for revenge and will probably be hoping for a repeat of the 5-Zero whitewash the final time the 2 sides did battle Down Under 4 years in the past. And there is no such thing as a extra feared floor for away groups than the notorious ‘Gabbatoir’ the place the boys in Baggy Green routinely slaughter their opponents.
England haven’t gained right here since 1986 – and no group has since 1988 – however Joe Root leads his facet into motion within the information that they’ve gained 4 of the final 5 Ashes sequence.
Root has referred to as upon Jake Ball to fill the massive void left by the absence of Ben Stokes, whereas James Vince returns to the batting line-up at No three.
Australia captain Steve Smith has issues over opening batsman David Warner, who harm his neck in coaching this week, however his hopes will relaxation primarily on the fearsome tempo assault of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.
Join GLEN WILLIAMS for dwell protection of the primary day from Brisbane with updates from PAUL NEWMAN, MARTIN SAMUEL and OLIVER HOLT, and session stories from LAWRENCE BOOTH.