Mitchell Johnson has become Australia's spearhead
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The England bowler is revelling in the attention

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Australian batsman looking forward to his Test debut

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There is a growing belief ahead of the impending series

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Gary Ballance, 23, has had a wonderful season for Yorkshire

The untried trio of Gary Ballance, Ben Stokes and Boyd Rankin called into England's Ashes battle

Middle-order batsman, exciting all-rounder and tall fast bowler heading Down Under

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