The Ashes: Australia retains same XI for 2nd test

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SummaryCaptain Michael Clarke is fit and will take his place in an unchanged Australian lineup for the second Ashes test against England.

Captain Michael Clarke is fit and will take his place in an unchanged Australian lineup for the second Ashes test against England.

Australia won the series-opening match by 381 runs in Brisbane _ its first win in 10 tests _ and has retained the winning combination, with Clarke overcoming a mild ankle injury and saying he's ``100 percent'' ready to play starting Thursday at Adelaide.

Clarke batted in the nets and did fielding drills on Wednesday to test his sore right ankle. He rolled awkwardly on the ankle on Monday and missed practice on Tuesday.

``The ankle feels fine,'' Clarke told a news conference Wednesday. ``I think not training yesterday obviously gave me an extra day ... I feel fine''.

It's the first time in almost a year that Australian selectors have an unchanged starting XI.

``It's a real positive to where the team is at,'' Clarke said. ``It's a nice position to be in when the selectors hand you the same 11.''

The first test ended acrimoniously with rival players trading insults on the pitch and Clarke fined because he used an expletive during an exchange with England tailender Jimmy Anderson that was heard on the TV broadcast.

``We will continue to play a tough brand of cricket on the field ... we all know there is a line we can't cross,'' he said. ``We still have the ultimate respect for our opposition.''

England will make enforced changes after Jonathan Trott quit the tour after the first test and returned home due to a stress-related illness. That will mean a new batsman coming in at No. 6, and either Joe Root or Ian Bell moving up the order to bat at No. 3.

There's also likely to be a change in the bowling attack, with either Tim Bresnan coming in to support the seamers or Monty Panesar coming in as a second spin option.

After initially saying he wouldn't be drawn on England's team selection, Clarke offered a couple of suggestions to his rivals.

He said he'd like to see Panesar coming into the starting XI, but thought England would recall Bresnan for his first test since August, bring Gary Ballance to bat at No. 6 and move Root up to No. 3.

England has won the last three Ashes series, including a 3-1 win on its last tour to Australia in 2010-11.

Kevin Pietersen scored 227 in the last Ashes test in Adelaide, which England won by an innings.

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