Brisbane test day 1 score and updates – .

Brisbane test day 1 score and updates – .

To our live coverage of the first day of the first test of the Ashes 2021-22 Down Under series.
Sometimes it seemed like that day would never come given Australia’s strict Covid-19 rules implemented over the past 18 months – but luckily for all cricket fans, the streak continues.

In the preparation for the first test at the Gabba, there was a lot of talk about the weather that could affect the amount of play we can see. But the latest Met Office forecast for Brisbane looks correct, with previously forecast showers being replaced by dry, overcast conditions. Fingers crossed, we get the 90 overs.

Turning from meteorology to questions on the pitch, it seems a particularly difficult series to call, with two talented – albeit unpredictable – teams both of whom have had minimal preparation and may well be underprepared.

The experts at Telegraph Sport Ashes tried to predict the outcome anyway… but our sports editor, Oliver Brown, is the only person to imagine a victory in England.

A positive start in Australian fortress Gabbatoir would certainly set the tone for Joe Root’s men – and the return of Ben Stokes gives England a huge boost. But it looks like Root will have to shoulder the burden of scoring for his side to stand a chance of securing a first Oz win in a decade.

Chris Silverwood’s men will mix and match their bowling attack with James Anderson and, presumably, Stuart Broad both likely to feature in the day-night test (s) of the pink ball.

But the main selection dilemma ahead of that game at Gabba centered on Broad or Jack Leach. And the latest news on the pitch from our chief cricket correspondent, Nick Hoult, is that the Somerset spinner is preferred to get the go-ahead.

England will leave out Stuart Broad today for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane today, barring a late change of mind with Jack Leach winning the race for last place in the XI.

Broad won’t be playing unless it rains this morning and England decide the juice-full pitch requires five seams or one of the other rapids falls down injured in the warm-up.

The decision to pick Leach over Broad will mean it’s the first time they haven’t picked James Anderson and Broad in the same test since Dhaka five years ago. It would also mean Broad would have to wait for his 150th test pick.

England confirmed on Tuesday that Anderson was selected for Adelaide’s test and that Ollie Pope would hit six with no starting XI for Jonny Bairstow.

Leach hasn’t played tryout cricket since March, but better weather is forecast for the final two days of the game and Brisbane has traditionally been a good place to bowling, as Joe Root acknowledged on Monday.

Australia have a new captain and the way Pat Cummins leads his squad could have a huge influence on the outcome. He may be new to the role of leader, but there is a lot of experience among the Aussie XI – most notably newly appointed vice-skipper Steve Smith.

We’ll have the draw and team news for you shortly, and then successive updates throughout.

If you’re planning on staying with us in the UK, grab your caffeinated drink of choice and a decent selection of snacks – and hope for a fantastic cricket test.


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