The Ashes: England recall Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood and Jack Leach for third Test | Cricket News

Rory Burns, Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad the players who will retire as England make four changes for the Boxing Day Test; Tourists are 2-0 down in the five-game series and must win the last three games, in Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart, to win back The Ashes

Last updated: 25/12/21 5:42


Zak Crawley will open the door for England in the Boxing Day Ashes Test with Rory Burns crashed

England played the changes for the must-see Boxing Day Ashes Test with Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood and Jack Leach returning to the squad in place of Rory Burns, Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad.

Crawley will be fielded as Haseeb Hameed’s opening partner against Australia at the MCG with Burns tumbling after scoring just 51 points and averaging 12.75 in the first two tests, while Bairstow will fit in at number 6 in place of Pope, who only managed 48 runs at 12:75 pm.

Paceman Wood and left arm spinner Leach, whose omissions for the second test on a dry Adelaide surface have been criticized, return to add variety to England’s bowling attack – Woakes and Broad players to make way for colleagues James Anderson and Ollie Robinson kept in the 11th.

Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (Sept.), Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Jack Leach, Jimmy Anderson

England are 2-0 down in the five-game series and must win their last three games, in Melbourne, Sydney from 5 January and Hobart from 14 January to win back the Ashes, who Australia have held since a 4-0 win. in the Down Under in 2017-18.

Ollie Pope was also eliminated from England after averaging just 12.75 in this Ashes series so far

Ollie Pope was also eliminated from England after averaging just 12.75 in this Ashes series so far

Crawley averaged just 11.14 over seven tests in 2021 and was eliminated after his first home series game against India in August, but has a two-century test match to his name – against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl. in the summer of 2020 – and its height and back foot clearance may be suitable for Australian courts.

The Kent player will open with Hameed, who retained his spot despite scoring just 58 points and averaging 14.50 in the Brisbane and Adelaide tests, which England have lost by nine wickets and 275 points respectively.

Burns – sharply pitched by Mitchell Starc from the first dance of the series in Brisbane while recording his sixth trial duck of the year – is the first to be eliminated.

Burns has set a record six ducks in England this calendar year

Burns has set a record six ducks in England this calendar year

The 31-year-old is joined on the sidelines by teammate Surrey Pope, who scored 35 in England’s first innings at The Gabba, but has since returned scores of four, five and four to see his test average drop below. the 30.

Bairstow takes over from Pope in the middle order: the Yorkshireman marked a century in Perth four years ago and brings extensive experience to the test arena with this week’s clash in Melbourne to be his 79th in the format.

Woakes’ omission means Robinson will beat at number 8 in what looks like a long English queue.

England XI for the third Ashes Test: Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (Sept.), Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Jack Leach, Jimmy Anderson

Australia XI for the third Ashes Test: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (Sept.), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland

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