New Australia captain Pat Cummins announced the team for the first Ashes Test that gets underway on Wednesday. Travis Head has been included in the No 5 spot with Mitchell Starc maintaining his place in the bowling attack.
It was a tight call between Head and Usman Khawaja for the middle order role. Head bagged the place on account for a more recent involvement in the Australian team.
"It was a tight one. Both really good options, really strong form," said Cummins on Sunday at the official launch of the series.
"Experience is great from Uzzie and we feel really lucky to have that in the squad, but Trav’s been playing a lot for us the last couple of years.
"He’s gone away and he’s churned out runs in England, here in Australia, and we feel like he’s really ready to go."
On the bowling front, Aussie selectors have persisted with the lethal bowling trio of Starc, Cummins and Josh Hazlewood who have picked 631 wickets together.
Jhye Richardson was also in contention for the seamer role especially after taking 15 wickets in last two domestic matches - including eight at the Gabba.
England skipper Joe Root, meanwhile, declined to name a playing XI, but said spinner Jack Leach remained in contention.
"We've got all the options on the table (but) we're not going to name a team just yet," Root said. "We'll have to see the closer first Test and how that pitch changes over the next couple of days.
"But it's a great place to play spin. It's something we'll weigh up and consider, but we're not in a position to make that call right now."
England last won an Ashes series in Australia in 2011 - a squad that also included the fast bowling duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
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"During the early hours of Monday morning, members of the England and Australia men's teams shared a drink in the team areas of the hotel in Hobart," the ECB said.
Australia yet again rolled over England in the Ashes for a below-par score of 188 as 17 wickets tumbled against pace on the second day of the fifth test on Saturday.
"I wanted about three and a half runs an over. The wicket was still not playing too many tricks and I thought if they batted really well 350 was pretty achievable out there," Cummins told reporters.