Published: Thu, November 23, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

England win toss and bat, Aussies fit to play

England win toss and bat, Aussies fit to play

"He's improved a fair bit over the last 24 hours and hopefully he can keep improving and be 100 percent".

England have also moved into a $3.40 on a batsman-friendly batting wicket at the Gabba, while Australia have moved out to $2.05 for the series opener.

"We just feel Shaun Marsh, in particular if we're going down that path again, has performed much, much better and demanded to be chosen, " he said.

"It's part and parcel of playing cricket".

After earning a surprise recall in the Australian side for the opening Test of the 2017-18 Ashes at The Gabba in Brisbane from Thursday, Shaun Marsh has now been roped in by English county Glamorgan for the nest two seasons. "Guys have injuries every now and then, and have little niggles". Warner pulled a muscle in his neck during fielding drills on Tuesday and batted for only a few minutes in the nets on Wednesday due to the pain.

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Australian skipper Steve Smith confirmed he would have chosen to bat but hoped the overcast conditions would help his bowling attack.

Nathan Lyon took it up this week, reportedly saying the Australians were aiming to end the careers of some of the England players.

"There is a line there that is not supposed to be crossed, but we will play some good, hard, aggressive cricket that's for sure".

Marsh is now a part of Australia's squad for the first two Ashes Tests.

Under injury clouds, Warner (neck) and Marsh (back) were cleared for the series opener, with the latter to bat in the number six spot. I've been very happy with what I've seen, ' Warner said. "We'll still prepare the same and be absolutely ready for him to play".

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