AUS vs ENG: In a big breaking news, Australia have announced their playing 11 for the upcoming Boxing Day Test match against England scheduled to begin from 26 December at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australian captain Pat Cummins makes his return to the team for this third Test after missing the day-nigh fixture due to coming in close contact with a COVID-19 positive case. The hosts are already leading the five-match Ashes Test series by 2-0 scoreline.
In a surprising development, right-arm paceman Scott Boland will be making his debut in the upcoming third Ashes Test match against England as confirmed by Aussie skipper Pat Cummins. Jhye Richardson who took his maiden Test five-wicket haul in the day-night game has been rested due to a minor leg injury while Cummins has replaced Michael Neser in the Australia playing 11 for the Boxing Day Test match. Also, the hosts have once again showed faith in out-of-form opening batter Marcus Harris even after his below-par performances in the first two Test matches.
Australia Playing 11
David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland.
“He was pretty sore. We were umming and ahhing – he had a bowl yesterday but we thought seven days off (before the fourth Test in Sydney) will give him enough rest,” Pat Cummins told reporters on Saturday
“He’s got a small leg injury which is nothing major but we thought rather than risking a long-term injury, we’d give him a week off,” he added.
On the other hand, the visiting England team have also announced their playing XI for the third Test match in Melbourne. The visitors have taken some big calls as the likes of Jonny Bairstow, Zak Crawley, Jack Leach and Mark Wood have replaced Ollie Pope, Rory Burns, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes respectively in the playing 11 for the Boxing Day Test.
England Playing XI for Ashes 3rd Test
Haseeb Hameed, Zak Crawley, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson, Jack Leach, James Anderson.
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