Ashes 2021-22: Scott Boland confirmed for shock Boxing Day Test debut

Australia
captain
Pat
Cummins,
who
also
returns
to
the
XI
after
his
COVID-19
scare
in
Adelaide,
confirmed
the
decision
on
Christmas
Day,
with
Jhye
Richardson
and
Michael
Neser
dropping
out
due
to
soreness.

Boland,
who
plays
his
state
cricket
for
Victoria
at
the
MCG,
took
8-89
in
a
match
last
month
against
New
South
Wales.
The
32-year-old
right-arm
fast
bowler
has
played
14
ODIs
and
three
T20Is
for
Australia
and
has
taken
91
wickets
at
25.71
in
26
first-class
games
at
the
MCG.

“Really
excited
for
Scott
debuting
here
on
his
home
ground,”
Cummins
told
reporters.
“Jhye
and
Ness
pulled
up
a
little
bit
sore
after
Adelaide,
so
we
made
the
decision
to
bring
in
Scotty.
It’s
a
luxury
to
have
someone
like
him
ready
to
go.
He’s
fresh.

“We
earmarked
him
as
a
chance
for
here
and
the
SCG.
We
think
he’s
really
well
suited.
His
record
speaks
for
itself
here
in
domestic
cricket.
Home
ground
and
having
someone
fresh
and
ready
to
go
were
big
factors.”

Cummins
explained
that
Richardson,
who
took
a
second-innings
five-wicket
haul
to
earn
Australia
victory
in
the
second
Ashes
Test
and
a
2-0
series
lead,
was
carrying
a
minor
leg
injury.

“He’s
pretty
sore,”
he
said.
“We
were
umming
and
ahing.
He
had
a
bit
of
bowl-out
yesterday.

“We
felt
seven
days
off,
give
him
enough
rest.
He’s
got
a
small
leg
injury
which
is
nothing
major
but
we
felt
rather
than
risk
a
longer
term
injury,
give
him
a
week
off.”

Josh
Hazlewood
remains
unavailable
due
to
a
side
injury
but
is
in
the
mix
to
return
for
the
fourth
Ashes
Test
in
Sydney
starting
January
5.

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