Ashes 2021-22 | Marcus Harris abandoned, Usman Khawaja to open for Australia in Hobart

Marcus Harris was taken out of the Australian squad for the final test and Usman Khawaja replaced him after scoring two cents in the previous match. Travis Head will return in middle order while the attack on pace has yet to be decided with Scott Boland due to pass a fitness test.

Ashes 2021-22 has been completely dominated by Australia so far. They lead the series 3-0 and will be eager to end the series with a win. England, on the other hand, has a lot of problems to deal with. Usman Khawaja replaced Chief Travis in the Sydney test and he has scored centuries in both innings. His performance made a solid argument for being retained in the team.

Head will return to the squad for the final test and the coaches have therefore made the decision to drop Marcus Harris. Khawaja will open the sleeves with David warner. Australian captain Pat Cummins found the decision difficult for him but he is part of the future plans and they will continue to invest in him.

“I think he knew it was going to happen. The message to Harry is that we think he’s doing great. It’s really hard on him. It’s not too often that someone walks in and hits two. cents in the same game, ”he explained.

“But I thought Marcus was really good, I think he’s growing with every game. He was instrumental in how we won this MCG test with a crucial round.

“So he’s definitely part of the future. We will continue to invest in him. I think he’s doing very well.”

This is the third time Harris has been dropped in his 14-test career so far. He has only passed 50 three times in 26 test innings and the ongoing Ashes have been a very difficult battle for him. He has 179 points in four matches, but Khawaja’s twin centuries have kept him away. Cummins stressed that Harris will not be sidelined as a test player and that he will play an important role in the future.

“No, absolutely not. I think Uzzy and Davey really deserved that spot to open the baton, but the reality is they’re both 35. So while that doesn’t mean anything in the short term, there will be a day when we have to find other forerunners. Marcus always has a great future with us. He will be in the squad, “he said.

“I think there might even be an Australian A tour abroad during the off-season. Of course, there’s loads of shield cricket and county cricket as well, so it’s probably more of a case of someone asking for a spot rather than Marcus losing his spot. “

Khawaja’s number when opening the sleeves is impressive. He’s 96.80 GPA and has scored two centuries in seven testing innings as an opener. In addition, he has an average of 39.30 in first-class cricket while opening in 36 innings. He has beaten number 4 and under in his last 22 first class innings, scoring six hundred and an average of 65.94.

“Very confident with Uzzy’s opener. He’s a class player. He can hit anywhere in sequence. Even in early summer when he was on the squad, point of view of the coaches and being his captain I felt like he could hit anywhere from one to six so he’ll fit right into one, everyone stays where they are. Trav Head really recognized that the no. ° 5 places the first matches, ”he said.

The pace attack for Australia has yet to be finalized, with Scott Boland scheduled to take a fitness test on his rib injury. Boland has been impressive for the team, picking 14 wickets in two tryouts. Alos, he cast a magic spell in the second round in Melbourne by taking six wickets. Cummins was hoping Boland could play the final test of the series.

“We think he should be right. I don’t think he will get any injections here. I think he will just have a bowl and judge if he feels a little better than a few days ago. played 30 -40 overs after his injury, which gives us a lot of confidence he can pull through, ”he concluded.

“Just talking to him, he says it’s an injury he’s convinced doesn’t get worse with lots of bowling. It’s just a lot of pain. So I hope he can handle it. . He said he would have a bowl. He played enough. He will be honest. “

The fifth and final Test in the series will be played in Hobart starting January 14.

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