Australia’s Test captain Pat Cummins on Sunday revealed the playing XI for the first Ashes Test at the Gabba, starting on Wednesday. Captain Pat Cummins has told that Travis Head will bat at number five, while Mitchell Starc has also got a place in the bowling attack. England captain Joe Root, on the other hand, opted not to reveal the playing XI three days before the match. The first test match is going to start from 8th December.
“We have all the options on the table, but we are not going to name any team right now. We will have to see the forecast and how this pitch changes in the next few days, but it will spin. It’s a great place to play. It’s something that we will weigh and consider, but we are not in a position to take a decision on that right now.” Tim Paine stepped down as Australia’s Test captain following the sexting scandal.England team captain Joe Root said,
After the resignation of Tim Paine, Cricket Australia has named fast bowler Pat Cummins as the captain of the team, while Steve Smith will take over the responsibility of the vice-captain. Pat Cummins has been the vice-captain of the team for a long time. When Steve Smith was banned for captaincy, Tim Paine took over the command of the team and during that time Cummins was appointed the vice-captain of the team. However, now at least in the Ashes series, Pat Cummins is going to be seen captaining the team. At the same time, Alex Carey is going to debut in Test cricket.
Australia’s playing XI for the first test match:
Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.