Ashes player profiles: Meet the England and Australia teams set to contest the most famous series in cricket over the next two months
The talking and interminable build-up is almost over. The Ashes gets underway in the early hours of Thursday morning UK time as England step into the cauldron that is The Gabba in Brisbane.
As is always the case on their home soil, Australia will begin the five-Test series as strong favourites and the last time Down Under in 2013-14 they completed a 5-0 whitewash on one of the most miserable tours in English cricket history.
But will England's fortunes be better this time around? We take a closer look at the England players bidding to retain the Ashes urn and the Aussies seeking to wrest it... read more
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