The Ashes | 4th Test: With nothing to lose, England eye consolation in Sydney

Somya Kapoor

Somya Kapoor

Author| Jan 4, 8:52 AM

Photo Credits: Twitter
Photo Credits: Twitter

Australia have already taken a 3-0 unassailable lead in the Ashes series against England and the two teams will now lock horns in the fourth Test in Sydney. 

England have faced some issues with their batting on this tour and in fact have got bundled out for 68 in Melbourne. Moreover, if the numbers are to be believed, only Dawid Malan and captain Joe Root who have shown some resistance. 

Well, all said and done, the two units have announced their final XI for this penultimate game and surprisingly, the visitors haven’t really made any changes in their batting line. 

While England have faced struggles on the field, they have been on the back foot off it as well. Four coaches including the head coach Chris Silverwood have been in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19. 

Match Details

Match: AUS vs ENG, 4th Test, The Ashes, 2021-22

Date: Wednesday, January 05, 2022 - Sunday, January 09, 2022

Time: 5:00 AM (Jan 05)

Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

Telecast: Sony Sports Network

Pitch Report

The track in Sydney is likely to assist the batters but the spinners might also have something on offer on the final two days of the match. So, if you win the toss, elect to bat first and try to pile up a big total. 

Team News

Australia: Usman Khawaja has been included in the XI in place of Travis Head for this encounter. The home side has only made one change as Josh Hazlewood and Jhye Richardson are still recovering from injury. 

"It's no secret that if Joshy Hazlewood was available then he was going to play," Cummins said. "He's been just a brilliant bowler for us for a long period of time. "We gave Josh every chance we could, just felt like he couldn't bowl at full tilt yesterday. We're still hoping he'll be right for Hobart.”

England: England on the other side, have also made one tweak in their bowling department as Stuart Broad has returned and he will replace Ollie Robinson who has been ruled out of the Test match with a shoulder niggle. 

"We felt like it was too much of a risk to go in with a couple of lads who are carrying niggles," England's assistant coach, Graham Thorpe, said. "So, therefore, it was right to bring Stuart back in."

Playing XI

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

England: Haseeb Hameed, Zak Crawley, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Mark Wood, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson

Fantasy XI

Jos Buttler, David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Haseeb Hameed, Ben Stokes (VC), Cameron Green, Pat Cummins, Scott Boland, Nathan Lyon (C), James Anderson  

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