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Australia v England - 1st Test
Brisbane: 23-27 November, 2006
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Jonathan Agnew's verdict




Ian Bell bats in practice on Wednesday
Bell's recovery boosts England's hopes of making a good start
England batsman Ian Bell is set to play in the first Ashes Test after testing his bruised left wrist in a lengthy net session in Brisbane on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old was doubtful after being hit by a delivery from seamer James Anderson during practice.

But unless there is an adverse reaction to his workout the in-form right-hander looks set to start on Thursday.

Irish-born Ed Joyce was standing by to make his Test debut at the Gabba but that now looks unlikely to happen.

The loss of Bell would have been a blow to England and forced another batting rethink.

After Marcus Trescothick's withdrawal following a recurrence of his stress-related illness, he was lined up for a promotion to three, the position from which he made 132 in the last warm-up match against South Australia.

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The Warwickshire youngster struggled against the Aussies in 2005 but he has since re-established himself in the middle order.

He made three centuries in as many Tests against Pakistan this summer to take his total of runs to 1,287 in 18 Tests at an impressive average of 47.66.

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SEE ALSO
Bell bounces back
20 Nov 06 |  The Ashes
England prepared for Ashes - Bell
19 Nov 06 |  The Ashes
Uncapped Joyce wins Ashes call-up
15 Nov 06 |  The Ashes


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