Australia Into Ashes Preparation with Lead In March in Southampton.

Tim Paine leads one team and Australian test vice captain Travis Head leads the other In a 4 day first class match in Southhampton from this Tuesday July 23.

Paine leads a team including former Test captain Steve Smith up against Head’s team featuring David Warner, Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins.

Tim Paine and Travis Head Australian captain and Australian Test Vice Captains

Tim Paine and Travis Head will captain this week .

Tim Paine enjoyed a great outing in the match against England Lions ( England A) last week scoring 38 runs, 7 catches and a stumping in the drawn tour match.

This will be Paine’s first Ashes tour of England. In 2010 Paine debuted in a 2 Test series (Lords and Headingley) hosted Pakistan for the series after Australia declined to tour Pakistan. ( Last tour their was 1998).

Alex Carey will Wicket keep for Travis Head’s team after a brilliant World Cup which he scored some vital runs from the number 7 spot. Carey is likely to be the back up wicket keeper for the Ashes ahead of Peter Handscomb and Matt Wade.

Australian pace attack for the opening Ashes Test could feature could include Mitch Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson. With the ever experienced Peter Siddle as back up.

Nathan Lyon the most consistent Australian Test spinner since Shane Warne will plat in his 3rd Ashes tour of the UK.

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