The Ashes: Usman Khawaja replaces Travis Head in Australia side for fourth Test against England in Sydney | Cricket News

Head was left out after testing positive for Covid-19 last week; Josh Hazlewood will miss his third consecutive game due to a side injury, allowing MCG hero Scott Boland to retain his place in Australia XI; the fourth test starts at 23:30 GMT on Tuesday

Last updated: 03/01/22 23:57


Australian hitter Usman Khawaja will make his first test appearance since 2019

Usman Khawaja will take over from Travis Head in the Australian team’s only change for the fourth Ashes Test against England in Sydney.

Head was left out after testing positive for Covid-19 last week, leaving Khawaja to make her first test appearance following Australia’s defeat to England at Headingley in 2019.

Josh Hazlewood will miss his third consecutive game as he continues his recovery from a side injury, allowing third test man Scott Boland to retain his seat for the game, which begins Wednesday (Tuesday 23:30 GMT) at the pitch. Sydney cricket.

Scott Boland starred in his test debut at the MCG

Scott Boland starred in his test debut at the MCG

Boland, 32, scored 6-7 on his debut when England collapsed in the second inning in Melbourne to give Australia an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.

“It’s no secret, if Joshy Hazlewood was available, he would have played, he’s been a brilliant bowler to us for a long time,” said Australian captain Patrick Cummins.

“It would have been a real shame to see Scotty not play this week after his efforts last week. It’s a shame for Joshy but I’m really glad (Scott) has another chance here.”

Cummins said Hazlewood would likely be able to play the fifth test in Hobart January 14-18.

There had been hints in the local media that leg spinner Mitchell Swepson might receive his first test cap in a slow bowling double strike with Nathan Lyon.

Cummins, however, said he did not expect the SCG wicket to deteriorate sufficiently to make it a viable strategy.

Australian bowler Nathan Lyon says his team must avoid complacency against England in fourth Ashes Test

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Australian bowler Nathan Lyon says his team must avoid complacency against England in fourth Ashes Test

Australian bowler Nathan Lyon says his team must avoid complacency against England in fourth Ashes Test

“I don’t think any place in Australia I’ve played in the past two years has imposed a double round,” he added.

“He’s a classy bowler and we can’t wait to have him on the court someday. We think he’ll make his debut at some point, most likely overseas.”

Australia XI: Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (Sept.), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland

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