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    In pics: Australia, England prepare for Ashes opener

    • Michael Clarke and Nathan Lyon of Australia during a function in Brisbane, Australia.

    • Mitchell Johnson sporting a new look as he is almost certain to play the Ashes opener on Thursday.

    • England captain Alastair Cook speaks with coach Andy Flower during an England nets session at The Gabba in Brisbane.

    • Kevin Pietersen of England bats during their tour match against the CA Invitational XI on November 14.

    • Matt Prior of England practises during an England nets session at The Gabba in Brisbane.

    • David Warner bats during an Australian nets session at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

    • James Anderson of England takes a catch during a nets session.

    • Coach Darren Lehmann and George Bailey talk during an Australian nets session at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.