Australian skipper Tim Paine confident of spirited performance against England

Australian skipper Tim Paine confident of spirited performance against England

Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will confront a fired-up opposition and heaving sold-out crowd in the Ashes opener.

SQUAD - Joe Root (captain), Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

The head coach of Australian National Cricket Team Justin Langer said on the new developments in Ashes squads, "there's probably three to be fair, Starcy, Peter Siddle and Josh Hazlewood, for one spot".

Root has won the urn twice already, in 2013 and 2015, but oversaw a humbling 4-0 defeat Down Under in his first attempt as skipper 18 months ago.

JOE ROOT insists he has confidence in the side England have named for the first Test at Edgbaston and believes Jofra Archer will have a part to play in the series. "He's a good kid and as tough as anyone you could meet".

England will likely have to do without Jimmy Anderson for the rest of the Test.

"I know I have the support of the guys in the dressing room".

It took Root 70 balls to score his first boundary - he had also been saved by the DRS when given lbw on 12 despite a thin inside edge - but his and England's rate lifted during the afternoon. "I'd forgotten how nerve-racking and tense Ashes cricket is", he said.

"I think there are a number of different ways you can lead and this is just another opportunity to take my leadership forward and show the rest of the group that it is something I'm more than prepared to do, that I'm not expecting anyone to do something that I wouldn't. If it's not brought up [at the next MCC meeting], I'll make sure it's added to the agenda", he added.

"He bowled beautifully today I thought ... and it will go back top those sort of days when we played a three-seamer attack with Swanny (former spinner Graeme Swann)".

"The Durham player will continue rehabilitation for this and the left side strain that he sustained in the World Cup final".

"Jofra is coming back from quite a serious injury".

England pacer James Anderson apologised to his teammates after bowling only four overs because of a calf injury on Day One of the first Ashes Test against Australia, revealed Stuart Broad.

Immovable bails were very much a feature of the World Cup and they made a welcome return (for England at least) with half-an-hour to go before lunch when a Pattinson delivery grazed Root's off-stump; the bail trembled but would not fall and Root, on nine at the time, enjoyed an extraordinarily lucky escape.

"Like in all these selections, there's literally a case for 17 blokes to play", Langer said.

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