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Kent v Australia team news

Wednesday 24th June 2015

Men’s First Team

Kent wicketkeeper Sam Billings returns from England international duty to take the gloves for Kent in the tour match against Australia at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

A packed Canterbury crowd is expected for the first-class fixture, the opening match of the 2015 Ashes tour.

Kent will be without all-rounder Darren Stevens (knee) and Matt Coles (back) who are both nursing injuries.

Fast bowler David Griffiths’ back injury will require surgery and he will be sidelined for the rest of the season.

For the tourists, both captain Michael Clarke and vice-captain Steve Smith feature.

Tickets are still available via www.kentcricketshop.co.uk

Kent XI: 17 Sam Northeast (captain), 23 Daniel Bell-Drummond, 6 Joe Denly, 4 Rob Key, 21 Ben Harmison, 24 Adam Ball, 20 Sam Billings, 8 Mitch Claydon, 14 Matt Hunn, 33 Adam Riley, 5 Ivan Thomas.

Australia XI: Chris Rogers, Shaun Marsh, Steve Smith, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Mitch Marsh, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Fawad Ahmed.