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Usman Khawaja was left out of Australia’s 12-man squad for the week’s fourth Ashes Test against England at Old Trafford as paceman Mitchell Starc is recalled.
Steve Smith replenishes Khawaja, who batted at number three throughout the series but managed an average of merely 20.33 from his six innings.
Smith missed the third Test at Headingley using concussion.
His place is kept by marnus Labuschagne following three.
Starc, who was the top wicket taker at the World Cup this season, impressed against Derbyshire Australia’s tour game week, taking seven wickets. He is Very Likely to contend with Peter Siddle for a Spot at the assault, together with James Pattinson rested.
Even though holders Australia will retain the Ashes when they win both of the last two Tests the five-match show is level at 1-1 after England’s epic one-wicket victory at Headingley.
The fourth Test starts on Wednesday.
Australia XII for fourth Exam: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matt Wade, Tim Paine (forecast, wk), Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
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Analysis and comment by the BBC’s cricket correspondent.
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