The Ashes 2013-14: Alastair Cook told me the England team for first Test, claims Australia captain Michael Clarke

Michael Carberry will be among the starters

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The Independent Online

England may be sweating on the fitness of Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior but the Australia captain is convinced he already knows the XI who will play at The Gabba next week.

Michael Clarke jokily claimed his England counterpart Alastair Cook divulged the line-up at Monday's Remembrance Day service in Sydney with Michael Carberry set to open and Chris Tremlett as the third seamer.

"Now he doesn't exactly know that yet," added Clarke, "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."

Pietersen was passed fit to play in the final warm-up match despite concerns over his right knee, but Prior remains a doubt with a calf injury.