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England made only one change from the team that stole the game away at Leeds Craig Overton for Chris Woakes. @ Twitter/Cricket Australia

Tim Paine won the toss and Australia opted to bat first in the fourth Ashes 2019 Test at Old Trafford against England in Manchester on Wednesday. Steve Smith, who was felled by a Jofra Archer bouncer in the Lord’s Test and missed the third match at Headingley, returns to the side along with Mitchell Starc, who replaces Peter Siddle.

England made only one change from the team that stole the game away at Leeds Craig Overton for Chris Woakes. There is also a shuffle in the batting order with Jason Roy slipping to number four with Joe Denly opening, which means that captain Joe Root remains at number three.

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Playing XIs:

England XI: Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root (captain), Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow(w), Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Craig Overton, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach

Australia XI: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood


Captains have their say at the toss

Tim Paine: “Huge boost to have the best player in the world in your side coming back. Starc bowled beautifully last week at Derby, he’s been working hard, and he’s good to go. (Rough for Lyon) is a bonus, it’s certainly not why we picked him but it’s a nice bonus.”

Joe Root: “Would have batted first, but if we bowl good lengths, good areas, hopefully we can get some rewards. We showed a lot of character in that second innings more of the same of that, being prepared to bat long periods of time, and get miles in their bowlers’ legs. It might spin later on. We want (Overton) to keep doing what he has been for Somerset. We’ve had fantastic support throughout this series we’ve had it all summer, and we want to repay the favour.”

In a late change, umpire Kumar Dharmasena was promoted to stand in the middle alongside South Africa’s Marais Erasmus instead of fellow Sri Lankan official Ruchira Palliyaguruge, who is now on TV umpire duty. Both Erasmus and Dharmanena are on the ICC’s elite panel of umpires, unlike Palliyaguruge.

Holders Australia are bidding to win their first Ashes series in England since 2001. It is also 18 years since England last lost a Test at Old Trafford.