Both Australia and New Zealand have announced their playing XI for the 1st Test match to be played from tomorrow at Gabba Brisbane.

In the New Zealand side, Jimmy Neesham will play his 1st Test match since January 2015. Matt Henry has not been able to get a place in the 11 and Doug Bracewell has been preferred over him. Martin Guptill and Tom Latham will open the innings and followed by Williamson, Taylor and McCullum. BJ Watling will keep wickets and this has ruled out Luke Ronchi from the XI.

Mark Craig will be the spinning all-rounder and the pace battery will be led by Tim Southee and Trent Boult.

Playing XI:

Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (c), Jimmy Neesham, BJ Watling (wk), Mark Craig, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.

Australia has also announced it’s squad and several youngsters have grabbed the spots available after the retirement of few players after the Ashes. Joe Burns will open the innings with Warner and Usman Khwaja will bat at 1 down. Smith will move down to 4th position. Josh Hazlewood has been preferred over Peter Siddle. The middle order will consist of Mitchell Marsh and Adam Voges. 

Peter Nevil will continue to keep wickets and Nathan Lyon will be the lone spinner. Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc will lead the pace attack.

Playing XI:

Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.


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