Scott Boland, the Melbourne Test hero, kept his position in Australia’s victorious squad for the fourth Ashes Test against England in Sydney, which begins on Wednesday. Usman Khawaja, a batter, was named to the team on Tuesday as a replacement for Covid victim Travis Head. Khawaja last played for Australia in the 2019 Ashes series’ Headingley Test.
With Josh Hazlewood out with a side injury, paceman Boland, who was man-of-the-match on Test debut with his 6-7 in Australia’s crushing innings triumph to claim the series in Melbourne, preserved his position. Fans can buy Australia vs England Test Tickets from our website.
Scotty achieves his goal. Cummins told reporters at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday that Josh Hazlewood tried a few bowls and Jhye Richardson had a few as well, but they weren’t quite up to par. We gave Josh every opportunity, but he didn’t feel he could bowl at full power yesterday, so we’re still hoping he’ll be ready for the last Test in Hobart.
“On this wicket, you’re not going to bomb them out,” he added. There’s some grass on it, but it’s historically tough work; it lasts five days, and you need a disciplined stump-to-stump bowler, which Scotty provides. It’s no secret that if Josh Hazlewood were fit, he’d play, but having someone like Scotty on the team is a wonderful luxury.
After his performance in Melbourne last week, it would have been a shame to see him not play this week. Hazlewood hasn’t played since the first Test in Brisbane, while Richardson, who filled in for him in the second Test in Adelaide and took five wickets in the second innings, has also been out due to injury.
Khawaja was initially beaten out by Head for the empty number five batting slot at the start of the series but has remained in Australia’s Test squad as a reserve batter throughout. Joe Root’s England team will face another challenging task against a rampaging Australia, who thrashed them by an innings and 14 runs in the third Test at Melbourne to retain the Ashes with a 3-0 lead.
It came after the tourists suffered crushing defeats in Brisbane and Adelaide, where batting collapses, bad fielding, and dubious choices cost them dearly. The chance of a 5-0 series whitewash for England exists, yet rain expected for Sydney could save them. Leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson was left out of the squad, according to Cummins, because the Sydney Cricket Ground track was not suitable for fielding two slow bowlers.
There had been cries to choose Swepson, who has been on the verge of a Test call-up for years, as a second spinner alongside Nathan Lyon in the dead-rubber. In the wake of Head and several of England’s support personnel being ruled out with the virus, the Australian and England teams are still being tested on a daily basis for coronavirus. There have been no new cases among the players.