Shane Warne has picked his Australia and England teams for the first Test of the 2019 Ashes series.
England will bid to complete an unprecedented double this summer by following up their World Cup triumph with victory in the Ashes.
Joe Root’s side were beaten 4-0 by Australia 18 months ago but will be buoyed by their recent success at home against the Aussies, having won the last four series held in England.
The first of five Tests starts at Edgbaston on August 1, before the teams battle it out at Lord’s, Headingley, Old Trafford and The Oval for possession of the urn.
Australia legend Warne has selected World Cup winners Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood.
Kent’s rising star Zak Crawley is also included, as well as Surrey wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes and experienced fast bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson.
Rory Burns, who opened for England in the winter series against Sri Lanka and West Indies, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran and Adil Rashid are notable absentees.
Key members of Australia’s World Cup squad in David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc are included in Warne’s Baggy Green team.
Batsmen Marcus Harris, Travis Head and Matthew Wade are also present in an XI captained by Tim Paine. Bowlers James Pattinson and Josh Hazlewood feature.
Both England and Australia will hope to be part of an Ashes series which lives up to the memorable 2019 World Cup.
‘I just hope that it’s an entertaining series first and foremost for people watching,’ England record wicket-taker Anderson said this week. ‘We’ve got a lot to live up to after that World Cup.
‘That’s what both sides want to do – play entertaining, positive cricket. If you asked both sets of players, they will say the Ashes is the pinnacle for them in Test cricket.
‘There’s always some added spice around it, some extra bit of niggle and stuff like that on the field, which is really exciting and makes for good viewing.’