Chester-le-Street - England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bat against
Australia in the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street on Friday.
were unchanged from the side that drew the third Test at Manchester's
Old Trafford on Monday - a result that saw holders England retain the
Ashes at 2-0 up with two to play in the five-match series.
meant there was no Test recall for either seamer Graham Onions on his
Durham home ground in northeast England or Surrey fast bowler Chris
Australia made one change, bringing in Tasmania seamer Jackson Bird for left-arm quick Mitchell Starc.
At Old Trafford, the sometimes wayward Starc took three for 76 in England's first innings and made an unbeaten 66 with the bat.
was the 26-year-old Bird's first Ashes match and third Test of his
career after playing twice against Sri Lanka in Australia's 2012/13 home
And this was also the first Ashes match to be staged at Chester-le-Street.
have won all four previous Tests at the ground, three of them by an
innings, in defeating Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and the West Indies (
Alastair Cook (capt), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian
Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad,
Graeme Swann, James Anderson
Chris Rogers, David
Warner, Usman Khawaja, Michael Clarke (capt), Steven Smith, Shane
Watson, Brad Haddin (wkt), Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Jackson Bird,
Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK), Tony Hill (NZL)
TV umpire: Marais Erasmus (RSA)
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (SRI)