David Warner injured at Ashes training trying to take a catch

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Smith said the pugnacious lefthander's neck was causing him discomfort when lifting his head more than moving it from side-to-side, which could be a concern on the Gabba's typically bouncy pitch.

England holds the Ashes after winning the 2015 series 3-2 at home, and has had the better of cricket's oldest high-profile bilateral contests in the last decade with four wins in the last five series.

Neither of the two captains is known for especially unusual tactics, while they've each shown it is possible to play aggressive cricket without resorting to over-the-top "sledging", verbal abuse.

It did hurt at the time, but I managed to get a bit of movement while I was out there and, walking off, I didn't seem too bad.

Nathan Lyon took it up this week, reportedly saying the Australians were aiming to end the careers of some of the England players.

"You can sort of see through it a little as well", he said.

The Australians are relying on a pace attack of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins to do a similar job this time. "A couple of the net sessions I have had against Cummins and Starc have been quite scary".

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Australia have called Glenn Maxwell into their squad as cover for David Warner, who suffered a neck injury at training on Tuesday, but captain Steven Smith said he was confident Warner would be fit to play the first Ashes Test. "So I think he'll be all right".

He was dropped soon afterwards but fought his way back into the Australia side during the 2013-2014 Ashes.

Smith said selectors had been discussing a replacement option to be on standby, but he was confident the player would not be required.

Smith and Root are firmly established as the star batsmen of their teams, with respective averages of 60 and 54 in Tests. England's last Ashes victory at the Brisbane venue was two years earlier in 1986.

"The three are very talented cricketers and they've done some good stuff for Australia in the past", Root said. If we can start by opening up that crack, it's pretty crucial.

"It's the reason why Australia plays the first test of a series here all the time, because they've got such a good record here. It could give us a lot of momentum going into the rest of it".



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