Picking Australia's XI for the First Test at Trent Bridge

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Picking Australia's XI for the First Test at Trent Bridge
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We're nearly there. After days of talking, weeks of debate and months of planning, the beginning of The Ashes is just one day away. 

England's build-up has been relatively smooth. They've faced very few selection issues, no major injuries and ample preparation time. Meanwhile, things couldn't be more different for Australia. Michael Clarke's men have, ever since departing for India in February, been riding a roller coaster towards this series. 

However, the appointment of Darren Lehmann as head coach at the 11th hour does appear to have plugged the hemorrhaging in Australian cricket. Nevertheless, on the eve of a Test series that will, fairly or unfairly, have significant weight with both management and fans back in Australia, the starting XI for the First Test match and specifically the batting order remain issues of debate. 

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