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Usman Khawaja was left out of Australia’s 12-man team for the week’s fourth Ashes Test against England.
Steve Smith replenishes Khawaja, who batted at number three throughout the series but handled a mean of simply 20.33 out of his six innings.
Smith missed the third Test at Headingley with concussion.
His place is kept by marnus Labuschagne following three successive half-centuries.
Starc, who was the leading wicket taker at the World Cup this year, impressed in Australia’s tour game against Derbyshire last week, carrying seven wickets. Together with James Pattinson rested, He’s likely to compete with Peter Siddle to get a Spot at the attack.
Although holders Australia will retain the Ashes if they win both of the last two Tests the five-match series is level at 1-1 after England’s epic one-wicket success at Headingley.
The fourth Test begins on Wednesday.
Australia XII for fourth Test: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matt Wade, Tim Paine (c, wk), Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
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