Australia selectors name the Test squad on Thursday but will have to rely on their gut rather than hard numbers when picking an opening partner for David Warner and filling a middle-order vacancy following the drawn series in England.
Steve Smith received some information from the commentator via microphone when on the field on Friday and passed it on to skipper Aaron Finch. Finch, however, did not make any tactical change after receiving the information, thus averting trouble.
England vs Australia (ENG vs AUS) Ashes 2019 1st Test Live Cricket Score Streaming Online: The Ashes also marks the beginning of the World Test Championship (WTC), which adds extra significance to the series.
The Australian cricket culture was labelled ''arrogant'' in an independent review commissioned by Cricket Australia. It also suggested that the spirit of the game took a step back as Australians wanted to win at any cost.