England take on an Australia XI in the third and final practice match before the Ashes gets under way on 21 November.

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Play is set to start at 11:30pm GMT. Live commentary will be available on BBC Radio Five live sports extra. You can also get live updates of the game on the Sky Sports' Official Website.


Australia will be looking to give a few of their youngsters a run around against what is expected to be a full strength England side. The Aussies have not been in great form over the past few months, been beaten by England comprehensively in the reverse fixture and need a turnaround of epic proportions if they have to save themselves from the ignominy of suffering two back to back defeats in a calendar year.

To add to the tension between the two sides, Michael Clarke came out in a press conference on Tuesday and claimed that he knew the England XI which was set to start in the first Ashes test. Clarke went on to announce the full team which is expected to show up, barring injuries, something which is unlikely to go down well in the opposite camp.

"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. I know he hasn't announced it yet but I thought this was a good opportunity for me. I know there will be a lot of talk about their tall fast bowlers playing at the Gabba, but I'm very confident that will be their XI. So we can start with our preparations as of today", Clarke said.

England, on the other hand will be hoping that the injury to Matt Prior is not too series and the wicketkeeper will be available for selection come the first test. Alastair Cook, whose batsmen had a good outing last time around will be looking at Stuart Broad and other bowlers to roll their arms over and get some over under their belt before the real battle begins. Anderson is likely to be given a rest with Steven Finn given the opportunity to impress one last time and book his name as the third seamer to make it to the line-up.

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Australia Invitational XI

Probable Line-Up: Peter Nevill (c), Ed Cowan, Aaron Finch, Callum Ferguson, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer, Ryan Carters, James Muirhead, Josh Lalor, Chris Tremain, Nic Bills


Probable Line-Up: Alastair Cook (c), Michael Carberry, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, Boyd Rankin, Steven Fin