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Scott Boland volition marque his Test debut for Australia connected Boxing Day, skipper Pat Cummins has confirmed, portion England has made 4 changes to their playing XI for the must-win match.

Boland was a astonishment summation to Australia's Ashes squad pursuing the 2nd Test victory, but with Josh Hazlewood inactive nursing a broadside wounded and Jhye Richardson pulling up sore aft Adelaide, the Victorian has been fixed the greenish airy to marque his archetypal Test quality successful beforehand of a location crowd.

Boland and Cummins are the 2 additions to Australia's XI, replacing Richardson and Michael Neser, who has besides pulled up sore.

Boland volition go the 4th Indigenous Australian to play Test cricket, pursuing successful the footsteps of Faith Thomas, Jason Gillespie and Ashleigh Gardner.

Meanwhile, England has made sweeping changes to its XI, bringing successful 4 players for Boxing Day.

Out-of-sorts opener Rory Burns has been dropped, arsenic has middle-order batter Ollie Pope

Zac Crawley comes successful astatine the apical of the bid for Burns, and Jonny Bairstow volition instrumentality Pope's spot astatine fig six.

Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes person some been omitted from the attack, replaced by spinner Jack Leach and explicit speedy Mark Wood.

Boxing Day Test teams


David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland


Haseeb Hameed, Zac Crawley, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson, Jack Leach, Jimmy Anderson

As the Aussies look to wrapper up the Ashes bid with the Boxing Day Test, Marnus Labuschagne continues to marque headlines for each the close reasons.

Labuschagne's signifier has been superb for the Australians this series, posting scores of 74, 103, and 51 truthful acold crossed 2 Ashes Tests. He notched a people of zero not retired successful Australia's tiny 2nd innings pursuit successful Brisbane.

He has since leapfrogged England skipper Joe Root to go the No.1 men's Test batter successful the world.

Most impressive, Labuschagne since the 2019 Ashes bid has present averaged 102 with the bat successful the archetypal innings of Tests.

Australian cricket large Ian Chappell said that portion Labuschagne's batting tactics look "different", they can't beryllium questioned owed to its success.

"I deliberation he's changed his batting a bit, surely what we saw successful Adelaide was a batch antithetic to what we saw successful his aboriginal days," helium told Wide World of Sports' Outside The Rope.

"He's letting a batch much balls go, helium fto 1 spell and helium was LBW successful Adelaide. He's letting them spell excessively close, I think. But you can't question his tactics due to the fact that everything he's doing is turning retired to beryllium right.

"I deliberation his purpose successful Adelaide seemed to beryllium to marque the England bowlers vessel for arsenic agelong arsenic possible, and if deterioration them retired everybody down the bid volition benefit.

"The tactics of Australia, you could query them, but they work. Why bash they work? Because England allows them to work.

"You've got to skipper a squad by gut feeling, and you spot however the game's going and you're tactics are built connected by the mode the absorption is playing.

"I don't deliberation Joe sees that. He seems to spell retired determination with 1 program successful mind, and erstwhile that doesn't enactment he's got thing else."

Former Australian skipper Mark Taylor added: "I perfectly agree. If he's letting a batch of balls go, that's erstwhile you arsenic a skipper and bowling outfit person to alteration your tactics.

"I was disappointed with Jimmy Anderson connected time 1 of the Adelaide Test match.

"I deliberation helium got 2-60 successful the innings disconnected 30 overs. It looks OK successful the scorebook successful 10 years' time.

"But time 1 successful Adelaide, you request to strike. He bowled excessively short, excessively wide, and a batch of balls got fto go.

"You request to onslaught with the caller shot and you request to get wickets.

"England were acold excessively antiaircraft with their reasoning and their bowling, and Australia profited."

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