The series will involve Ashes veterans and some players new to the contest
After fraught build-ups for both teams, the actual cricket part of the men’s Ashes is almost here. England are unfancied coming into the series, but Australia have not played Test cricket since January when they lost at home against India. There are questions over the batting although the bowling remains strong. So, heading into the first Test, how do the two squads stack up?
Australia David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne
England Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Zak Crawley
Who comes out on top? Australia, although England will fancy early inroads.
Australia Steven Smith, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Cameron Green
England Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence
Who comes out on top? Tough to call. Probably the winner of Smith vs Root. And how Stokes goes.
Australia Alex Carey
England Jos Buttler
Who comes out on top? Can’t judge until Carey has played. Might be a final hurrah for Buttler
Australia Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson
England James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Craig Overton.
Who comes out on top? Australia’s home advantage will take it unless England can go full 2010-11
Australia Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Swepson
England Jack Leach, Dom Bess
Who comes out on top Australia, through Lyon’s weight of experience
Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo