Aussies make one change ahead of fourth Ashes Test

AUSTRALIA has made just one change to its line-up ahead of the fourth Ashes Test starting in Sydney on Wednesday.

Usman Khawaja will make his Test return as replacement for Travis Head, following his positive COVID test.

Josh Hazelwood will be missing from the action once again due to his lingering side strain.


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It’s the third straight match he has missed.

Jhye Richardson has been unable to break back into the bowling side with Scott Boland retaining his spot following his bowling heroics at the MCG in the last Test.

Boland stunned England – and maybe even his own team – when he ripped the heart of the visitors in their second innings in Melbourne last week, snaring 6-7 including the scalp of skipper Joe Root to clinch a 3-0 Ashes series victory for Australia in rapid time.

“You need a disciplined stump-to-stump bowler (at the SCG) and that’s what Scotty brings,” Cummins said today.

Mitchell Swepson’s wait for a Test debut will go on despite calls for the leg-spinner to play alongside Nathan Lyon at the SCG.

Wet weather and a less spin-friendly surface than usual in Sydney worked against him this time around.

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