Ashes 2013-14: Clarke tips England to play Carberry & Tremlett
Ashes 2013-14: Australia captain Michael Clarke tips England duo Michael Carberry and Chris Tremlett to play the first Test
Michael Clarke believes England will play Michael Carberry and Chris Tremlett for the first Test in Brisbane next week.
The Australia captain made the bold claims as the hosts named their 11-man side to play against the holders on 21 November.
“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 so I know he hasn’t announced it yet but I thought this was a good opportunity for me to announce it,” said Clarke.
The Aussie captain named Carberry and Tremlett as well as the England players expected to take to the pitch at the Gabba.
Clarke added: “Now he (Cook) doesn’t exactly know that yet but I know that’s the eleven that is going to take the field in the first test so we can start our preparations as of today.
“I’m very confident that will be the XI that England will play.
“I know there’s going to be a lot of talk about their tall fast bowlers and playing at the Gabba with plenty of bounce but I’m confident that will be their XI so I think it’s really important for Darren Lehmann and myself over the next few days to make sure we start preparing for our opposition while a lot of the guys are still playing in this last first class game.”
Australian squad for first Ashes Test,/h3>
Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, Chris Rogers, Shane Watson, Steve Smith, George Bailey, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon, James Faulkner.