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Craig Overton set for Ashes debut, Hardik Pandya asks for time off and Aldi embrace cricket in Christmas ad

Every weekday The Cricketer gathers the latest news, views and stories from across the web. Here's today's handy bundle...

England have given the clearest indication yet of how they plan to line up in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba next week by selecting the uncapped fast bowler Craig Overton for their final warm-up fixture. (The Guardian)

Pakistan's Aleem Dar and South Africa's Marais Erasmus will umpire the first Ashes Test between Australia and England, which begins in Brisbane on November 23. (India Today)

Australia Women's fast-bowling injury curse has struck again, this time ruling Lauren Cheatle out of the deciding three-match T20 stretch of the Ashes. (WA Today)

The Pakistan Cricket Board has allowed the PSL franchises to raise their number of players from 20 to 21 and increase the player salary cap by $25,000. (ANI)

The Ashes warrants all of its incessant hype, says Australian Peter Siddle (ESPNCricinfo)

Cameron Bancroft has made his case for an Ashes call-up almost irresistible after producing a double century in Western Australia's Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Hardik Pandya has revealed he asked to be left out of India's two Tests against Sri Lanka (ESPNCricinfo)

Aldi have embraced cricket with a quirky Christmas marketing campaign (The Drum)

Former South Africa cricketer Jacques Kallis pins England's chances of doing well in the Ashes on the touring side's fast bowlers (ESPNCricinfo)

England captain Joe Root says he is ready to be targeted by Australia in the Ashes series. (BBC Sport)

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