Clarke: I know England's team

  • Last Updated: November 12 2013, 16:17 GMT

Australia skipper Michael Clarke claims he knows what the England team will be for the first Test in Brisbane next week.

Michael Clarke claims to know what Alastair Cook's team will be in Brisbane
Michael Clarke claims to know what Alastair Cook's team will be in Brisbane

Speaking after Australia named their squad for the match at the Gabba, Clarke said Alastair Cook had divulged the line-up when they spoke after Monday's Remembrance Day service in Sydney, saying Michael Carberry would open the batting and Chris Tremlett had beaten Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin to the final seamer position.

"I saw Alastair Cook yesterday at a Remembrance Day ceremony in Sydney, and fortunately enough he gave me their team as well for the first Test match," he said with a smile.

"So I know he hasn't announced it yet, but I thought this was a good opportunity for me to announce it."

Clarke went on to list a team sheet, reading Cook, Carberry, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Root, Prior, Broad, Swann, Anderson, Tremlett.

"Now he doesn't exactly know that yet, but I know that's the XI that is going to take the field in the first Test - so we can start our preparations as of today," he added.

"I'm very confident that will be the XI that England will play."


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