The Middlesex left-arm spinner Phil Tufnell has been retained - a reversal of roles for Hollioake and Tufnell from the first Test - to give England the option of playing a second spinner in tandem with Robert Croft, but all the signs are that they would prefer to keep an unchanged team.
Australia's record in Tests against England at headquarters this century is staggering. They have lost just once, in 1934. Yesterday they announced that Paul Reiffel would be playing in place of the injured pace bowler Jason Gillespie, who is recovering from a hamstring strain.
Australia's coach, Geoff Marsh, said: "Paul Reiffel has bowled well. He will play in the Test and, with his experience, it will be a bonus."Reuse content