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Usman Khawaja won the Australian team’s batting lineup race against Marcus Harris for the final Test of the Ashes against England in Hobart, starting on Friday.

Khawaja will open the bat alongside his childhood friend and former NSW teammate David Warner with Travis Head reclaiming the No.5 spot in the batting order after missing the fourth test against England in Sydney after contracting COVID -19.

The show’s find Scott Boland has yet to be ruled out after sustaining a rib injury after falling in his streak in the opening rounds of the Fourth Test and the team will be waiting to see how he fares at the practice before making a final call to see if he’s playing.

Boland had taken seven wickets in each of his first two Test-level games, including a memorable 6-7 at the MCG, to roar in the calculations for being the unlikely Compton-Miller medal winner for the series player.

Australian captain Pat Cummins confirmed Khawaja’s change on Thursday at his final press conference before Friday night began.

Khawaja was named man of the match on his Test comeback after stroking a majestic 137 in the opening rounds at SCG, then adding an undefeated 101 in the second recovery.

The Queensland skipper is no opener but has competed in five Tests at the top of the table, achieving 484 points to 96.8 with centuries against South Africa in 2016 and Pakistan two years later. .

Harris was the least convincing Australian hitter in the series, recording 179 points to 29.83 in four tests. He has played 14 games at Test level and the Victorian left-hander has not yet reached the hundredth despite 26 moves in the fold.

There had been speculation that rhythm spearhead Mitchell Starc might be at rest after playing all four tests, but the Pink Ball Magician is once again ready to lead the attack.




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