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England select uncapped trio

England - who won the toss and opted to bowl first - have handed debuts to Gary Ballance, Scott Borthwick and Boyd Rankin for the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney.

Already 4-0 down and looking to avoid a whitewash, the tourists took the decision to make changes to the XI that were soundly beaten by eight wickets in Melbourne last time out.

Out went spinner Monty Panesar, who had replaced Graeme Swann for the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, and two Yorkshiremen - seamer Tim Bresnan and batsman Joe Root.

The decision to drop Root will be seen as something of a surprise, with Michael Carberry retaining his place at the top of the order alongside skipper Alastair Cook.

"He's a very young talented young cricketer that will definitely play a lot for England. It was a tough call, but tough calls have to be made," Cook said of Root at the toss having finally called correctly.

Ian Bell will now move up to no 3 in the order, with Zimbabwe-born Ballance set to come in at five.

Irishman Rankin made his one-day debut for England at the end of the last summer but was overlooked in favour of Chris Tremlett and then Bresnan during the current series Down Under.

Leg-spinning all-rounder Borthwick, meanwhile, is rewarded after an impressive domestic summer that saw him help Durham win the LV= County Championship. He was only called into the squad following Swann's retirement.

Cook took the option to put the hosts in on a green pitch and with the muggy overhead conditions set to suit the seam bowlers.

Australia once again retained the same line-up, meaning the same 11 players had appeared in every one of the five Tests.