England makes 4 changes in Playing XI

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Ashes 3rd Test LIVE – England Playing XI: England have named their playing XI for the third Ashes Test match at Melbourne Cricket Ground starting on Sunday 26 December. Joe Root led team has made four changes for Sunday’s crucial third Ashes Test at the MCG, with Zak Crawley and Johny Bairstow coming in for their first appearances of the series, and both Mark Wood and Jack Leach returning to the side after missing the second game at Adelaide – Follow Australia vs England LIVE Updates on InsideSport.IN

England Playing XI –

1 Haseeb Hameed, 2 Zak Crawley, 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Joe Root (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jonny Bairstow, 7 Jos Buttler (wkt), 8 Mark Wood, 9 Ollie Robinson, 10 Jack Leach, 11 Jimmy Anderson.

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The Three Lions make four changes for the Boxing Day Test from the side that lost the second Test in Adelaide. Jonny Bairstow, Zak Crawley, Jack Leach and Mark Wood will replace Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes.

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Joe Root’s side are 2-0 down in the series with three matches to play. The third Test will start at 11.30pm GMT on Christmas Day in the UK.

RORY BURNS dumped by England after his horrific start to The Ashes: Opener Burns has been replaced by Crawley and his Surrey team-mate Ollie Pope gives way to Jonny Bairstow.

Rory Burns scored just 51 runs from four innings in the opening two tests

Crawley, who has averaged 11 in Tests since making 267 against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl in 2020, will return to the opener’s role he last filled at Ahmedabad in March.

Ashes 3rd Test LIVE – England Playing XI: Bairstow will play his third Boxing Day Test at the MCG, but has made just one half-century in his last 24 Test innings, in which time he has averaged 23.

The return of Wood comes as no surprise following widespread incredulity over his omission at Adelaide, where Woakes batted well but took his series haul with the ball to three wickets at 76.

And it will be fascinating to see how Leach fares after the treatment he suffered at the Gabba, where Australia thrashed his 13 overs for 102 –

TEAMS FOR THIRD ASHES TEST – AUS vs ENG LIVE Score

England Playing XI: 1 Haseeb Hameed, 2 Zak Crawley, 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Joe Root (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jonny Bairstow, 7 Jos Buttler (wkt), 8 Mark Wood, 9 Ollie Robinson, 10 Jack Leach, 11 Jimmy Anderson.

Australia Playing XI: 1 David Warner, 2 Marcus Harris, 3 Marnus Labuschagne, 4 Steve Smith, 5 Travis Head, 6 Cameron Green, 7 Alex Carey (wkt), 8 Pat Cummins (capt), 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Scott Boland, 11 Nathan Lyon.

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