9:35pm: A reminder of the teams. Australias are yet to be confirmed.
England: JE Root (Captain), AN Cook, MD Stoneman, JM Vince, DJ Malan, MM Ali, JM Bairstow (wkt), CR Woakes, JT Ball, SCJ Broad, JM Anderson.
Australia (probable): S Smith (Captain), D Warner, C Bancroft, U Khawaja, P Handscomb, S Marsh, T Paine (wkt), M Starc, P Cummins, N Lyon, J Hazlewood.
Umpires: A Dar (Pak) and M Erasmus (SA).
Third umpire: C Gaffaney (NZ).
Match referee: R Richardson (WI).
9.30pm: Red Bull at the ready, people. The Ashes is just 150 minutes away – play gets underway at midnight.
The war of words is finally over and England will begin their Ashes defence at Australia’s Brisbane stronghold, the Gabba.
It is a hostile, humid and often hellish arena for touring teams.
And it’s colloquially known as ‘the Gabbatoir’ given the home side’s formidable record there.
The Gabbatoir in numbers
62.71 – Australia’s win percentage in 59 Tests (37 from 59)
13.55 – Australia’s loss percentage in the same time (8 from 59)
4 – England wins in 20 Tests.
29 – Years since Australia were last beaten, by the West Indies, an undefeated run of 28 games.
1,335 – Most runs scored at the ground, by former Australia captain Ricky Ponting. Alastair Cook is the highest-placed overseas player with 434 runs in just three appearances.
259 not out – Highest score, by Michael Clarke against South Africa in 2012.
329 – Highest partnership, between Cook and Jonathan Trott in 2010.
133 – Combined wickets taken by Shane Warne (68) and Glenn McGrath (65). No other bowler has passed 40.
15 for 123 – Best match figures, by New Zealand’s Richard Hadlee in 1985.
Source : EXPRESS