Usman Khawaja to open stick in final Ashes Test with Travis Head to return to Australian XI

A resurgent Usman Khawaja will retain his place in the Australian test squad with skipper Pat Cummins confirming the 35-year-old will open the bar in the final Ashes Test in Hobart.

Marcus Harris will be the man to make room after Khawaja’s two brilliant centuries in SCG which demanded the selection of the Queensland skipper.

Khawaja has an imposing record as an opener, averaging 96.80 with two centuries in eight innings leading the order.

Harris has scored 179 points to 29.83 in that series, including a promising 76 at the CWM, but failed to make the most of some solid starts.

Travis Head will replace Khawaja further down the order after the South Australian recovers from COVID-19.

The exact lineup of the XI remains to be confirmed, with bowling sensation Scott Boland having to pass a fitness test to take his place at Bellerive Oval on Friday.

Boland will try to play in practice on Thursday, with Cummins wanting the Victorian to retain his place in the XI that drew the fourth test.

Mitchell Starc is also in doubt with the fast veteran a candidate resting for the series finale.

Jhye Richardson is the man who should replace either of the frontline quick pitchers when downtime.

More soon.

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