Manchester, UK : Australia’s captain, Pat Cummins, has confirmed that the team will make changes for the fourth Ashes Test in Manchester on Wednesday. The Australian side will go into the crucial match at Old Trafford with an all-out pace attack.
On the eve of the fourth Test, Cummins announced that Josh Hazlewood would make his return to the starting XI, replacing Scott Boland, who has struggled in the series thus far. Additionally, all-rounder Cameron Green has been included in the lineup, replacing Todd Murphy. Mitchell Marsh has retained his place in the XI.
Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Hazlewood will lead the pace attack, while Marsh and Green will provide support. The squad also has part-time spinners in the form of Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, and Travis Head.
“Josh will come in for Scott Boland, and the top order will stay the same. Part of the conversation is how do two allrounders fit in, and is spin going to be important this week?” said Cummins in a statement.
On the other side, England has also confirmed its XI for the fourth Test, with James Anderson set to return in place of Ollie Robinson as the only change from the winning team at Headingley last week.
The Australian XI for the fourth Test will be as follows: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Josh Hazlewood.
The England XI for the fourth Test is: Ben Duckett, Zak Crawley, Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, and James Anderson.