Usman Khawaja to open for Australia in the final Ashes Test

Usman Khawaja to open for Australia, Marcus Harris dropped.

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Usman Khawaja will be the opening batsmen for the Aussies in the fifth and final Ashes test in Horbat against England in replacement of Marcus Harris, skipper Pat Cummins said on Thursday.

Usman came in the place of Travis Head in the middle order in the previous Test match and scored consecutive centuries at SCG after returning in the Test squad after a long hiatus of two years.

Head regains the number five spot after coming in contact with COVID-19 and was in self-isolation after Aussies sealed the Ashes at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Marcus Harris scored a brilliant knock of 76 in the low scoring Test match at the Melbourne cricket ground and has a total of 179 runs in the series which averages 29.83

He knew his time was running out Cummins told the reporters. The message to harris is he is going well and has been good and also growing as a player match by match he certainly is one for the future Cummins added.

Australia hasn’t decided yet on their bowling department for the last test match of the series with faster Scott Boland who is a doubt due to an injury.
Jhye Richardson, who had a fifer in the second test in Adelaide, could come back to the side if Boland is not available for selection.