Clarke claims to know England’s Ashes XI

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“I’m very confident that will be the XI that England will play”

Australia captain Michael Clarke has revealed that he claims to know the team England skipper Alastair Cook will pick for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Clarke was spotted chatting with Cook during Monday’s Remembrance Day service, where the England captain allegedly had a slip of the tongue moment, stating that Michael Carberry would open the batting and Chris Tremlett had edged out both Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin for the final pace bowler spot.

“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,” Clarke said. “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 name the other players as well, which included Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and James Anderson.

“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,” Clarke said with a grin. “I’m very confident that will be the XI that England will play.”

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