Ashes 2021-22: Marcus Harris dropped, Usman Khawaja to open in final Test;

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Ashes 2021-22: Marcus Harris dropped, Usman Khawaja to open in final Test

Australian skipper Pat Cummins has revealed Australia will change its opening pair to face England in the 5th Ashes 2021-22 Test. Marcus Harris left out with Usman Khawaja to open.

Travis Head also makes his return after missing the Sydney Test with COVID-19. While the makeup of the bowling attack is yet to be decided.

Pat Cummins, Australia’s Test captain, revealed on Thursday. Travis Head would be included in the starting XI for the Hobart Test, cricket.com.au reported.

Khawaja scored 137 and 101* in the Sydney Test match, which finished in a tie courtesy to England’s middle and lower order’s solid effort. Harris scored 179 runs at an average of under 30 in the first four matches of the series. Including a 76 in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG.

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In Test cricket, Khawaja has an outstanding record as an opener. He scored 484 runs at 96.80 in seven innings, including two centuries and two fifties.

Australia has an unassailable lead in the series. But after barely missing out on the WTC final last year, they will be looking for valuable WTC points.

Scott Boland’s fitness is being examined ahead of the Test. And the squad is debating whether or not to play Mitchell Starc, who has yet to miss a match in the series.

With future series across formats on the horizon, Starc’s day-night Test record is exceptional (52 wickets at an average of 18.23), but the left-armer may be granted the match off to support his workload.

It will be the first time Blundstone Arena in Hobart hosts a Test match since 2016, when South Africa defeated the hosts.

In the 2021-2023 cycle, the last Test of the series begins tomorrow afternoon. And is worth another 12 World Test Championship points.

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