Final teams revealed for all-Aussie contest
Two teams of 12 will go head-to-head before Australia's squad is picked for the men's Ashes campaign beginning on August 1
Sam Ferris in Southampton
20 July 2019, 06:45 AM AEST
The teams for Australia's highly-anticipated intra-squad match have been announced, with Tim Paine to captain the Hick XII and Travis Head to lead the Haddin XII in the pre-Ashes encounter.
The two 12-player sides were picked draft-style on Friday night in Southampton by opposing coaches Graeme Hick and Brad Haddin, who, with the input from head coach Justin Langer and national selector Trevor Hohns, went back and forth picking their teams in front of the playing squad.
Hick had the first pick of the night and chose Test captain Paine, while Haddin went with world No.1 Test bowler Pat Cummins with his opening selection.
For the Haddin XII, David Warner and Marcus Harris will team up for the first time at the top of the order, followed by NSW Blues batsman Kurtis Patterson at No.3 and skipper Head one spot lower.
Marnus Labuschagne, who is the leading run-scorer in Division Two of the County Championship, will bat at No.5 with boom youngster Will Pucovski rounding out the top six.
Alex Carey is the wicketkeeper for Haddin's side and will be taking catches off a pace quartet of Cummins, Mitch Starc, Peter Siddle and Josh Hazlewood, with Jon Holland the specialist spinner.
Joe Burns and Cameron Bancroft are the openers for the Hick XII, with Steve Smith set to bat at first-drop.
Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade and allrounder Mitch Marsh make up the middle order for Hick's team, followed by Paine, who will lead and wear the keeping gloves.
Victoria tearaway James Pattinson spearheads the pace attack alongside Michael Neser, Jackson Bird and Chris Tremain. Veteran off-spinner Nathan Lyon is the lone slow bowler.
The only player to miss the match will be Usman Khawaja, the left-hander who is still recovering from the hamstring injury he suffered in Australia's World Cup match against South Africa in Manchester.
The two sides will practice at separate times prior to the match, which begins at 11am local time (8pm AEST) on Tuesday.
The four-day match is the sole red-ball hit-out for the squad members who participated in the World Cup – Smith, Warner, Starc, Lyon, Cummins and Carey, with Khawaja sidelined.
Fifteen of the 24 players in the match have been involved in the Australia A tour of England, which featured two four-day matches against Sussex and the England Lions.
Burns, Harris and Pattinson starred in the win over Sussex in Arundel, while hundreds to Head and Wade against the Lions had the Australian XI in the driver's seat for most of the match in Canterbury.
Australia's Ashes squad is expected to be named at the conclusion of the match at the Ageas Bowl on Friday evening.
The first Ashes Test starts on August 1 in Birmingham.
Hick XII: Joe Burns, Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (c, wk), Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Jackson Bird, Chris Tremain, Nathan Lyon
Haddin XII: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Kurtis Patterson, Travis Head (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Will Pucovski, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc, Peter Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, Jon Holland.
2019 Qantas Ashes Tour of England
Tour match: Australia v Australia A, July 23-26
First Test: Edgbaston, August 1-5
Tour match: Australians v Worcestershire, August 7-9
Second Test: Lord's, August 14-18
Third Test: Headingley, August 22-26
Tour match: Australians v Derbyshire, August 29-31
Fourth Test: Old Trafford, September 4-8
Fifth Test: The Oval, September 12-16