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fifth Ashes Test: Sam Billings makes debut, England elect to discipline

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5th Ashes Test: Sam Billings makes debut, England elect to field

England received the toss and elected to discipline Friday after making 5 modifications and Scott Boland was cleared to play for Australia within the fifth Ashes check.
Jonny Bairstow, who sustained a thumb damage whereas serving to England salvage a attract Sydney, has joined wicketkeeper Jos Buttler (damaged finger) in being an enforced omission for the day-night check.
England seems to have run out of endurance with out-of-form opener Haseeb Hameed, whereas Jimmy Anderson and Jack Leach have been additionally been omitted.
Ben Stokes, who sustained a facet pressure on the SCG, will push by way of the ache barrier and play.
“It is frustrating (that injuries have forced more changes). It’s something we’ve had to battle throughout the whole pandemic,” England captain Joe Root stated after profitable the toss. “Something we have tried to manage as best we can.”
Rory Burns, who was axed himself in Melbourne by England’s selectors after a horrible begin to sequence, has been recalled to open alongside Zak Crawley.
Ollie Pope will bat at No. 6 within the absence of Bairstow, whereas Sam Billings will carry out the wicketkeeping duties on debut after being introduced together with his cap by veteran paceman Anderson.
Fast bowlers Chris Woakes and Ollie Robinson changed Anderson and left-arm spinner Leach.
Boland, who’s nursing sore ribs after a bowling mishap on the SCG, handed his health check. Australia made one change for the match by recalling Travis Head on the expense of opener Marcus Harris.
Australia received the primary three matches in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne to clinch the sequence and retain the Ashes earlier than the attract Sydney.

Australia: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (captain), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland.
England: Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Sam Billings, Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad.