Australia wins toss, bats 1st vs England
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Australia won the toss and chose to bat first against England on Thursday on what is forecast to be a hot and humid opening day of the third Ashes test at Old Trafford.
Needing a victory to keep the series alive, Australia has recalled batsman David Warner, paceman Mitchell Starc and spinner Nathan Lyon in place of Phillip Hughes, the injured James Pattinson and Ashton Agar.
Warner was making his first start for the tourists since he was suspended and fined for punching England’s Joe Root in a late-night bar-room incident after a Champions Trophy match in June, although he will slot in the middle order rather than his usual place as opener.
England was unchanged, with Kevin Pietersen recovering from hurting his left calf in England’s 347-run victory in the second test at Lord’s.
Ahead 2-0 in the five-match series, England will retain the Ashes with a victory or a draw in Manchester, which is hosting its first test in three years at a redeveloped Old Trafford ground.
England: Alastair Cook (captain), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.
Australia: Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Usman Khawaja, Michael Clarke (captain), Steve Smith, David Warner, Brad Haddin, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon.