Marcus Harris axed, Usman Khawaja to open for Australia in 5th Ashes test

Usman Khawaja is in red-hot form with the bat for Australia

Australia has dropped Marcus Harris for in-form opener Usman Khawaja, who scored back-to-back centuries in the previous Test. The southpaw will now be seen in action batting with David Warner in the final game of Ashes.

Marcus Harris didn’t perform well in the first three Tests for Australia. He recorded scores of 3, 9 not out, 3, and 23 in the first two tests. In the third game, he looked back in his batting form. But, then came Usman Khawaja, who scored a couple of centuries and management feels this is the right time to make a change in the opening pair.

Usman Khawaja replaces Marcus Harris

Australian skipper also mentioned that there is still a big doubt over the availability of Scott Boland. The pacer injured his ribs while bowling in Sydney and doctors are yet to confirm if the bowler is fit to play in the day-night Test or not.

And, if Boland is adjudged unfit then Jhye Richardson or Michael Nesser are expected to play in the final affair. The final Ashes Test is expected to be played in Hobart and it is going to be a day-night affair. Australia has already taken an unaccessible lead in the series by 3-0.

Now, England will be looking to finish their nightmare series vs Australia on a high note by winning the pink-ball game.

Jasvinder Singh
I am Jasvinder Singh, a content specialist editor at Kheltalk, who is a sports enthusiast. I try to cover every cricket game being played on the planet. For me, sports is not limited to just writing but also playing it on the field as well.
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