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Craig Overton looks set to take place in English Ashes pace attack

  • Overton and Chris Woakes to bowl ahead of untried Tom Curran in warm-up
  • Joe Root says England expect ‘hostile’ crowds but are ‘wiser’ than 2013-14

England have given the clearest indication yet of how they plan to line up in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba next week by selecting the uncapped fast bowler Craig Overton for their final warm-up fixture, against Cricket Australia XI in Townsville from Wednesday.

Overton and Chris Woakes both expressed a desire to play in the game and their selection, ahead of the untried Tom Curran, suggests that they will join James Anderson – who sits out this match with a bug – and Stuart Broad in a four-man pace attack. Moeen Ali makes his return from injury, but the leg-spinner Mason Crane retains his place in the side, which features the same top six (all but ruling out Gary Ballance’s hopes of playing in Brisbane) as England played in Adelaide.

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