England wins toss, will field vs Australia in 5th Ashes test
Something we have tried to manage as best we can. Rory Burns, who was axed himself in Melbourne by Englands selectors after a terrible start to series, has been recalled to open alongside Zak Crawley.Ollie Pope will bat at No. 6 in the absence of Bairstow, while Sam Billings will perform the wicketkeeping duties on debut after being presented with his cap by veteran paceman Anderson.Fast bowlers Chris Woakes and Ollie Robinson replaced Anderson and left-arm spinner Leach.Boland, who is nursing sore ribs after a bowling mishap at the SCG, passed his fitness test.
Ben Stokes, who sustained a side strain at the SCG, will push through the pain barrier and play.
''It is frustrating (that injuries have forced more changes). It's something we've had to battle throughout the whole pandemic," England captain Joe Root said after winning the toss. "Something we have tried to manage as best we can.'' Rory Burns, who was axed himself in Melbourne by England's selectors after a terrible start to series, has been recalled to open alongside Zak Crawley.
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