As suspected David Warner, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc are brought into the team at the expense of Ashton Agar, Phil Hughes and the injured James Pattinson.

The wicket is expected to be harder than those in the first two tests and will therefore take longer to turn for the spinners, but will give the seamers extra bounce and carry.

Aussie captain Michael Clarke was lambasted in the media after saying he believed Australia could still win the series, and if he is to retain that outlook, his side will need a steady morning session.

England have fielded an unchanged line-up. Kevin Pietersen has come back from calf injury and Tim Bresnan keeps him place despite pressure from the towering Chris Tremlett.

The first Test to take place at the revamped Old Trafford, with its rejigged square, may hold few surprises for both teams. A muggy morning might give Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad some swing early on.

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