Published: Sat, August 03, 2019
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Usman Khawaja, James Pattinson Set to Play First Ashes Test

Usman Khawaja, James Pattinson Set to Play First Ashes Test

He's fit, ready to go, he's playing well. Pattinson will likely to partner Pat Cummins with Starc and Josh Hazlewood fighting it out between them and Peter Siddle for the third pacers' spot.

It's now a fight between the latter pair and veteran seamer Peter Siddle for the last berth to take on the English. "We've got a very strong bowling unit in these conditions".

"We feel if you speak about what might happen when it does you've got a plan in place to handle it and that's what we've done".

Only Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan, Australia's Shane Warne and India's Anil Kumble have taken more than 600 Test wickets.

After undergoing spinal surgery in 2017, Pattinson has rediscovered some impressive form.

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Asked what it would mean to join the ranks of England's Ashes winning captains, he said: "I dreamed about it from being a little boy and obviously it became more real having been put in a position to have that opportunity".

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For this, he credits more English friends - those at Trent Bridge who re-signed him two years after he bagged 32 scalps in five Championship appearances.

Warner and Smith were banned from global cricket for 12 months while Bancroft was handed a nine-month ban by Cricket Australia.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing how his game has developed in the last 12 months", he said.

Such efforts are perfectly understandable during barren times - Australia were rewarded with the wickets of Joe Denly and Jos Buttler after a change of ball as deliveries that previously had barely flinched, suddenly moved significantly, upping the threat level considerably. County cricket exposed me to bowling a number of overs that I hadn't previously completed.

Left out of the series in 2017/18 due to an incident in Bristol, Ben Stokes comes into the upcoming Ashes after a roller-coaster World Cup campaign, and has demanded intensity from his team from the word go. In short, things are not going to be easy for batsmen in this series.

Tellingly, three of England's top four have never played a Test at the ground, though Jason Roy has a 95-ball 112* there alongside his two World Cup fifties, and Rory Burns averages 38.25 in first-class games at the venue.

England have won all their last 11 matches in all formats in Birmingham and are undefeated in Tests since the 2008 loss to South Africa at the venue.

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