Ashes 2021-22 – Josh Hazlewood ruled out for a third consecutive match

Scott Boland has retained his spot in Australia’s bowling attack for the fourth Ashes test after his starring role in the series-deciding victory over England in Melbourne last week.

Boland made his test debut last week and took six wickets for seven runs as England collapsed in the second innings in Melbourne, allowing Australia to retain the Ashes 2021-22 with two matches to spare.

Veteran pace bowler Josh Hazlewood was ruled out for a third consecutive match because of a side strain, ending any debate about Boland’s spot in the starting XI.

Australia made one injury enforced change for the test starting Wednesday at the the Sydney Cricket Ground, with Usman Khawaja replacing middle-order batter Travis Head.

Khawaja’s return for the first time since 2019 comes after Head was ruled out following a positive COVID-19 test.