BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 18: Mitchell Starc of Australia celebrates taking the wicket of Sarfraz Ahmed of Pakistan during day four of the First Test match between Australia and Pakistan at The Gabba on December 18, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Australian selectors, led by George Bailey, have confirmed the XI who will play in the first Ashes Test on Wednesday in Brisbane against England.

While questions surrounding the squad have largely gone unanswered thanks to Brisbane's abysmal weather washing out the warm-up game with an Australia A team, the selectors have made their call ahead of the match getting underway.

New captain Pat Cummins revealed the XI to the media on Sunday afternoon, saying it had been a tight battle between Usman Khawaja and Travis Head for the number five spot.

Head, as the incumbent, will take the spot at number five though, with Khawaja to miss out, while Marcus Harris will open alongside David Warner.

"It was a tight one. Both really good options, really strong form," Cummins said.

"Experience is great from Uzzie and we feel really lucky to have that in the squad, but Trav’s been playing a lot for us the last couple of years.

"He’s gone away and he’s churned out runs in England, here in Australia, and we feel like he’s really ready to go."

The other key battles in the side were to replace Tim Paine at wicket-keeper, with Alex Carey and Josh Inglis the two names under consideration, while Mitchell Starc's spot was also heavily contested by Jhye Richardson in the XI.

However, Starc has won the battle for the final bowling spot, while Carey - as a former ODI vice-captain - will also win a Baggy Green cap in the first Test.

The Ashes kick off at the Gabba on December 8, with England yet to name their team.

Australia's XI for the first Ashes Test

1. David Warner
2. Marcus Harris
3. Marnus Labuschagne
4. Steve Smith (vc)
5. Travis Head
6. Cameron Green
7. Alex Carey (wk)
8. Pat Cummins (c)
9. Mitchell Starc
10. Nathan Lyon
11. Josh Hazlewood