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England unveil line-up for Gabba Test

Jake Ball recovers from ankle injury with tourists set to unleash four-pronged pace attack in the first Test in Brisbane

England have confirmed paceman Jake Ball will play the first Magellan Ashes Test at the Gabba, the right-armer overcoming an ankle injury to complete a four-man pace attack.

The tourists revealed their XI after training in Brisbane on match eve with Ball joining Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes as the frontline quicks in the side.

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Spinning allrounder Moeen Ali is reportedly set to bat at No.6, with wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow to come in at No.7, but the final batting order won't be confirmed until the toss on Thursday morning.

Moeen's reported elevation from No.8 to No.6, effectively in place of suspended allrounder Ben Stokes, would allow Bairstow to remain in the position where he has batted since taking over wicketkeeping duties on a full-time basis two years ago.

The rest of England's line-up is as expected; Mark Stoneman will partner veteran Alastair Cook at the top of the order, James Vince will return to the side at No.3 and rookie left-hander Dawid Malan will bat at No.5.

Ball, a tall right-arm quick, had been under an injury cloud after rolling his ankle in Adelaide two weeks ago, but has been given the all clear to play his maiden Ashes Test.

He replaces uncapped right-armer Craig Overton, who has impressed in England's practice matches so far on this tour.

"It wasn't an easy decision," said skipper Joe Root.

"Craig has come into the squad and everything asked of him he's done really well.

"All the players on their first tour have impressed and it's great that the whole squad seems to be performing.

"Jake has bowled well when he's had his opportunity on the tour and the way he goes about things on these surfaces could be really challenging for the Australians."

It will be Ball's first Test since the final match of England's 4-0 series defeat in India last December.

England XI: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root (c), Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Jake Ball.

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