The last time England debuted three players was in Nagpur, India, in 2006 when their captain made his first appearance and with this series aside it’s served them well. 

Leg-spinner Scott Borthwick only came into the squad as cover for Monty Panesar, whose calf didn’t come good in time (presumably).

Meanwhile, big Irishman (England and Wales?) Boyd Rankin gets a nod ahead of other bored towering paceman Steven Finn and Christ Tremlett who have been waiting for a chance this series – Tim Bresnan gets the axe.

The other first-timer is Gary Ballance, who comes into the middle order as Joe Root gets the punt – he’ll arrive at the crease in front of all-rounder Ben Stokes and keeper Jonny Bairstow, who keeps his place ahead of Matt Prior.

A new team for a team year for England, while the Aussies start the game with same 11 for the first time ever in a five-Test series. 

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