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Australia stick with same team for 2nd Ashes Test vs England

Australia will have an unchanged team for the second Test in Adelaide which beat England in the first Ashes match in Brisbane.

cricket Updated: Dec 01, 2017 10:08 IST
Reuters, Adelaide
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Australia beat England by 10 wickets in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.(Reuters)

Australia will field the same team in the second Ashes test against England, captain Steve Smith said on Friday, with uncapped local seamer Chadd Sayers and quick Jackson Bird again missing out.

“Same team,” Smith told reporters succinctly at his pre-match news conference at Adelaide Oval, where the second test starts on Saturday.

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The hosts took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series with a 10-wicket victory at the Gabba where their dominance in the second innings gave the pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins sufficient time to rest.

Australia’s selectors named a 13-man squad for the first two tests, including the surprise selections of opener Cameron Bancroft, batsman Shaun Marsh and wicketkeeper Tim Paine.

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Australia team: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine (wicketkeeper), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

First Published: Dec 01, 2017 09:38 IST