In Manchester, Australia was saved by rain. Hence, they retained the Ashes. Yet, the team would be under pressure to win the last game in London. Their performance in the last two matches has not been good. Considering the important fixtures in the future, the management might consider a few changes in the playing XI. The last Test starts on 27th July. On that note, here, we take a look at two bold changes in the playing 11 Australia could make for the final Ashes Test.
1) Marcus Harris for David Warner
David Warner was backed for the fourth Test in Manchester. However, the veteran could not pay back the faith as he could not make a big score. Now, Australia could seriously consider Warner’s place in the playing XI.
Marcus Harris is one of the options that Australia has on the bench. Yes, Marcus has also had his share of disappointments but it may not be a bad idea to back him, especially since he has been in good domestic form. A change in the top-order might swing the fortunes for Australia at the Oval.
2) Todd Murphy for Cameron Green
Todd Murphy for Cameron Green is one of the changes in the playing 11 Australia could make for the final Ashes Test. It was a bold decision that Australia took to not include a frontline spinner for the fourth game. However, if not two, at least one genuine spinner might be needed at the Oval.
Apart from being a wicket-taking option, a spinner offers respite to the pace attack. Cameron Green has been good with the bat but Mitchell Marsh is overtaking him in this context. Yes, Green contributes with the ball but Murphy’s inclusion might be necessary to add some freshness to the proceedings. Therefore, this is one of the changes Australia might consider.