Michael Clarke names England team for first Ashes Test in Brisbane
Australia skipper Michael Clarke claims he knows what the England team will be for the first Test in Brisbane.
Last Updated: 13/11/13 10:53pm
Speaking after Australia named their squad for the match at the Gabba, Clarke joked that Alastair Cook had divulged the line-up when they spoke after Monday's Remembrance Day service in Sydney, saying Michael Carberry would open the batting and Tremlett had beaten Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin to the final seamer position.
"I saw Alastair Cook yesterday at a Remembrance Day ceremony in Sydney, and fortunately enough he gave me their team as well for the first Test match," he said with a smile.
"So I know he hasn't announced it yet, but I thought this was a good opportunity for me to announce it."
Clarke went on to list a team sheet, reading Cook, Carberry, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Root, Prior, Broad, Swann, Anderson, Tremlett.
"Now he doesn't exactly know that yet, but I know that's the XI that is going to take the field in the first Test - so we can start our preparations as of today," he added.
"I'm very confident that will be the XI that England will play."