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Gateshead born Mark Stoneman is set to open the batting for England in the first test match of the 2017 Ashes series in Brisbane.

Stoneman will do so alongside fellow left-hander Alistair Cook.

Former Durham man, Stoneman, has impressed in the warm up matches and scored England’s first century of the tour against Cricket Australia XI.

The 30-year-old has racked up more than 300 runs since landing in Australia including 3 half centuries.

He made his first-class debut in 2007 for his local county Durham and quickly established himself as first choice.

His form for Durham earned him a move to Surry at the beginning of the 2017 season.

Stoneman scored the second most runs in the division behind teammate Kumar Sangakkara which lead to his England call up.

Having played in just one series prior to The Ashes against West Indies, Stoneman will be hoping to nail down a regular England spot over the 5-test series.

Runs at The Gabba would provide Stoneman and England with a platform to build on at the start of the test series.

England team: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root (capt), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jake Ball, James Anderson.

Australia squad: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Jackson Bird, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell.