South Africa native Kevin Pietersen will make his test debut in England's lineup when the first Ashes match against Australia starts Thursday at Lord's in London.

The 25-year-old Pietersen replaces veteran Graham Thorpe, and is one of five players in the lineup who have never faced Australia in a test match.

Pietersen hit an unbeaten 91 off 65 balls in a one-day match against Australia last month. He also compiled three one-day centuries in England's tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe last October.

Spin bowler Ashley Giles is back in the lineup after missing two tests against Bangladesh because of a hip injury. The five-match Ashes series continues through September 12th. Australia has won the series a record eight consecutive times dating back to 1989.

Some information for this report provided by AP.