Australia win toss, bat first in second Ashes test
Australia won the toss and elected to bat against England in their second Ashes test at Adelaide Oval beginning today.
England have recalled spinner Monty Panesar and gambled on 22-year-old debutant New Zealand-born allrounder Ben Stokes.
They come in for dropped seamer Chris Tremlett and No 3 batsman Jonathan Trott who returned to England with a stress-related illness following the tourists' 381-run loss in last month's first test at the Gabba.
Stokes will add depth to England's bowling attack on what's expected to be a batting-friendly Adelaide pitch.
Ground staff had the covers on the new drop-in pitch less than an hour before the toss because of morning rain. However conditions are expected to clear with a top temperature of 19 degrees celsius forecast.
Zimbabwe-born Gary Ballance was pushing for a test debut in Adelaide after a half-century in last week's drawn tour game in Alice Springs, but Stokes was preferred.
Panesar and offspinner Graeme Swann claimed seven wickets between them in the Chairman's XI team's first innings in Alice Springs and they're paired together again in the Adelaide test.
"It looks a very, very dry wicket," England captain Alastair Cook said.
"We feel spin will come into play late in the game."
Australia captain Michael Clarke said the wicket looked outstanding.
"There might be a little bit in it in the first hour," he said.
Buoyed by allrounder Shane Watson's return to full fitness after bowling only two overs in the Brisbane test, Australia named an unchanged team.
The home side resisted the temptation to drop No 6 batsman George Bailey for an extra bowler in the form of allrounder James Faulkner.
Australia lead the five-match series one-nil.
Australia: Michael Clarke (capt), Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Steve Smith, George Bailey, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon.
England: Alastair Cook (capt), Michael Carberry, Joe Root, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Ben Stokes, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Monty Panesar.
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (RSA), Kumar Dharmasena (SRL). Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL). Third Umpire: Tony Hill (NZL).