The Ashes 2021/22 First Test LIVE: Stream FREE, TV channel, latest updates as Down Under series gets UNDERWAY

THE ASHES series is finally here as England and Australia do battle!

All eyes are on the Gabba tonight as the First Test of the series kicks off.

Though star bowler Jimmy Anderson will play no part for England, after pulling out with a calf injury.

Anderson, 39, will be kept on ice for at least the day-night second Test at Adelaide on December 16.

He is at his most dangerous using a pink ball under floodlights so England do not consider his absence a disaster.

Ollie Pope is preferred to Jonny Bairstow in the 12-man squad while spinner Jack Leach is included as is Ben Stokes.

Start time: Midnight GMTTV/ live stream: BT Sport 1/ EE Customers can watch for free

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