SHAUN Marsh and David Warner have been passed fit to play the first Test at the Gabba, but England have won the toss and elected to bat.

There were doubts over Marsh after he pulled up with a sore back at training yesterday, and even though it didn't appear to be a serious problem, his history of back and hamstring issues made it a particular concern.

Warner had twinged his neck 48 hours after the game, but was always adamant he wouldn't be missing an Ashes Test.

Maxwell will fly back to Sydney today to play for Victoria in their Sheffield Shield match against NSW and will be on standby to play a part later in the Ashes series.

Former Test great - and father of Shaun - Geoff Marsh had the honour of presenting debutant Cameron Bancroft with his baggy green cap.

James Vince of England bats during day one of the First Test Match of the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
James Vince of England bats during day one of the First Test Match of the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

 

TEAMS

Australia: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (capt), Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

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

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